projection installation of Sonic Earth at the Tanks Arts Centre 2019

Sonic Earth

environmental music and projection art event

Natalia Lagi'itaua Mann is a harpist, composer and resonance artist. Internationally respected for her unique creative approach, she works at the intersection of free improvisation, classical music, indigenous culture and contemporary art. Her projects are deeply collaborative explorations of the present moment and environment.

Mann's art is explorative, testing the boundaries of reality. Her diverse work is united under the concept of Weaving of Perceptions, stemming from the indigenous philosophy that a Truth is more dimensional, more resonant, for being seen from not one but many perspectives. The world being a sonic place, and we sonic creatures, she discusses the nature of resonance and environmental harmony as an extension of the musical activity.

"Listen. If you can turn up Silence, then how does it sound? If all the world is vibration, how can you play it?" Natalia Mann spent four months listening to the trees of the Cairns Botanic Gardens in an attempt to engage them in conversation - in the language of music. Natalia's scientific approach uses biodata sensors to produce the trees' sounds. What results is an intuitive, highly social project as she draws other artists and musicians into the investigation. Over three evenings, Natalia and her collaborators presented a musical triptych of unique performances co-written by trees and humans.

Merindi Shrieber
David Hudson
Deline Briscoe
Tegan Koster
Patty Preece
plus a raft of local creatives and students

Tanks Arts Centre Cairns Regional Council | The Queensland Government

Video documentation:

projection installation of Sonic Earth at the Tanls Arts Centre 2019