Philip Samartzis





Philip Samartzis is a Melbourne sound artist, scholar and curator who has exhibited widely including presentations at The Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris (2001); The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2002); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2002); The Mori Arts Centre, Tokyo (2003); The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2007); The National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2009); The South African National Museum, Cape Town (2010); The Art Gallery of South Australia (2012); The Merz Foundation, Turin (2016); and The National Gallery of Victoria (2018). Philip is the recipient of two Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowships (2009 and 2015), which he used to document the effects of extreme climate and weather events in Eastern Antarctica, and Macquarie Island. Artworks produced from his Fellowships have been incorporated into the National Archives of Australia’s Traversing Antarctica: the Australian Experience (2011-14); Polar South: Art in Antarctica, Muntref Museum, the National University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires (2011); the 11th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences, Edinburgh (2011); and the Balance-Unbalance International Conference, Arizona (2015). France Culture, in association with the INA-GRM and ABC Radio National commissioned a one-hour radio composition titled Antarctica, An Absent Presence (2014) based on the book he produced for Thames & Hudson (2016). Most recently France Culture in association with Deutschlandradio have commissioned a new work titled A Surrender to Wind in 9 Parts focusing on the geophysical effects of wind on wilderness areas. Philip researches in the areas of sound art, acoustic ecology and spatial sound practice, and has been a chief investigator on two Australian Research Council funded projects, Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing (2008-10), and Spatial Dialogues: Public Art and Climate Change (2011-13). Philip is an Associate Professor and studio coordinator of Sound within the School of Art – RMIT University in Melbourne.

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