Sonic Wells for Gallipoli is an art project which symbolises the special relationship of mutual respect between New Zealand, Australia and Turkey. Live all day from 23 April to 22 July 2016.
Throughout history the fundamental human need for water has brought people together - around billabongs, streams and wells. In this work three 'sonic wells' will become contemporary gathering places, ‘drawing’ on both the history and the nature of the well as meeting place, and expanding its potential by connecting the geographically separate communities in a collective realtime soundscape. Each well will collect ambient sounds which, transmitted live, will be emitted from its sister wells, as if via virtual holes through the earth; the audio emitted from each well will be clear enough that people will be able to hold conversations from one location to another.
Sonic Wells was piloted in 2008 between Australia and Ireland, connecting Sydney’s Irish diaspora community with its homeland. Opening on Turkish National Sovereignty and Children’s Day 2016, and during the centenary of the First World War, this full tri-national installation will connect Turkey (Canakkale), New Zealand (Wellington) and Australia (Auburn) via communal sound ‘wells’, offering multiple alternatives to the majority of the First World War commemorations and reflections that are being hosted in public locations in the three countries.
On Anzac Day (25 April), a minute of silence will be observed at all three wells simultaneously during each of the three dawn services. Click here for local times
Our 3 site partners:
New Zealand: Wellington City Council
We were assisted by New Zealand’s Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the National War Memorial in finding our site partner. Allan visited Wellington in January 2015 to meet with the Council and other stakeholders. He was shown several potential sites identified by WCC, and chose a location in Cuba Mall, near the intersection with Manners St.
Australia: Auburn City Council
Auburn, NSW prides itself on being one of Australia’s most multicultural communities, and is the home of Australia’s largest Turkish community. The well will be sited in Auburn’s newly designated Memorial Park, alongside both the recently relocated ANZAC memorial, and the Australian Turkish Friendship Wall, inscribed with Kemal Ataturk's famous post-war address to the allied soldiers who lost their lives at Gallipoli, and to their mothers.
Turkey: Canakkale Municipality
Canakkale was chosen as the most suitable city as it is the jumping-off point for Australian and New Zealander pilgrims to Gallipoli. The well will be located in the busy ferry port, where it will be encountered by both pilgrims and locals.
This project has been awarded significant funding by Creative New Zealand's First World War Centenary (WW100) Co-Commissioning Fund; by the NSW Government, Australia through Arts NSW; and by the Australian Government through their Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund. Site partners Wellington City Council and Canakkale Municipality have also committed additional assistance to the project.