Many Dances
Peter Mcilwain | 2023
Sound installation
Wollundry Lagoon boardwalk, Wagga Wagga

About the Artwork

People gathering and dancing has a long history and significance for the people of Wagga Wagga. Many Dances is a sound experience located at the Wollundry Lagoon boardwalk celebrating this rich history.

This continually changing soundscape surrounds the listener with echoes of people dancing – as if you are remembering a dance that has occurred or thinking about a dance in the future, provoking listeners to consider this experience in the context of Wagga Wagga as ‘the place of many dances’.

With thanks to Wagga Wagga dancer Ivy Simpson for the rhythmic dancing featured in this body of work

About the artist
Peter Mcilwain is a Victorian musician, composer, and sound designer. After spending many years working with virtual technologies, over the last decade he has been focused on creating artistic experiences that connect people with their bodies and their world. Peter creates artworks that connect people with the acoustic properties of open spaces and conducts sound walks where he teaches the appreciation of sound and acoustics of spaces.

Photography and Videography by Tom Dennis Productions