The Absent Sense

Kent Macpherson / Sean Dunne

  • 24 May - 27 May, 2016

The Absent Sense is a spatial audio installation and wine-tasting all-in-one.  When we drink wine, we can see, smell, taste and touch it – what happens to that experience when we can hear it too?

You are invited to explore the hidden symphonies present in a vintage of wine as it makes its journey from vine to glass. Macpherson’s series of field recordings were taken over 48 hours (in the critically short period of fermentation of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling) at Felton Road winery in Bannockburn, Central Otago.

Join us, and Felton Road, at the opening preview to experience first-hand ‘the absent sense’, which in this case, is the ‘sound’ of wines in their first fermentation stages. The Absent Sense is an extension of Macpherson's previous work, looking at the connection and manipulation of spatial elements and sound as an immersive event.  In this exhibition the sound elements are presented within a spatial installation by interior designer Sean Dunne and with the highly acclaimed vintage from Felton Road.

Kent Macpherson (b.1967, Hawkes Bay) studied at La Trobe University and The Australian Film Television & Radio School, Melbourne. He also has a Master of Arts in Music (with distinction) from Wintec, New Zealand. He operates in the fields of contemporary music and sonic art, bridging composition, installation and music production. His performances and installations are sound documentaries that explore notions of time and space. He invites audiences to experience depth, resonance and shifting contexts, and to discover the sonorities inherent in our environment.

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The Absent Sense ONE WEEK ONLY

Opening preview (and wine-tasting) - Mon 23 May, 5 – 7pm
24 May – 27 May, 2016