Sean Dower: Artworks and information


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'A conversation along the Highway of Brotherhood and Unity' - Dom Omladine Belgrade 2017

"The title of this exhibition refers to the E70 motorway, the so-called ‘Brotherhood and Unity Highway’, an artery of cultural and ideological communication in the former Yugoslavia. The exhibition combines sculpture with sound and elements of performance to explore how we locate ourselves, both spatially and culturally.

Works exhibited include a minimalist array of brass piezo speakers embedded in a square concrete panel, which project a soundtrack of cicadas and synthesizers down the length of the gallery. Meanwhile, a printed electrostatic speaker and parabolic reflector bounce mysterious radio signals back and forth across the space. On a carpetted platform at the far end of the gallery sit three rustic wooden stools, which vibrate haptically with the residue political speeches. Elsewhere, a slender, suspended steel rod transmits the vibrations of an unheard soundtrack. In another 'silent' work, a set of blue Traffolyte panels with engraved Cyrillic letters explore the onomatopoeic sounds of technology, war and cartoons. The exhibition is bookended by two videos of abstracted light patterns based on 1980's aerobics dance and exercise culture. The unlikely components in 'A conversation along the Highway of Brotherhood and Unity' combine to form a sculpture-sound-system that invites the viewer to experience audio, sensory and visual experience in an immersive and conceptual way.

Sean Dower first travelled to Belgrade in 1990 with the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, who were invited to make a large-scale performance using sound and pyrotechnics in a derelict Belgrade power station. Since this time Dower’s work has continued to combine sculpture, performance and sound to engage viewers in dynamic spatial, acoustic and visual encounters. Recent trips to Belgrade by the artist have cemented his engagement in cultural dialogue as an ongoing mode of practice."

Text by Dr Jo Melvin

This exhibition was been made possible with the generous support of Dom Omladine Belgrade and the Franklin Foundation.

A publication related to the exhibition with an essay by Dr Jo Melvin is currently under production.

Link to pdf of individual works in exhibition and press release

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