Philip Samartzis


Philip Samartzis is a Melbourne based sound artist, scholar, and curator with a specific interest in the social and environmental conditions informing remote wilderness regions and their communities. His art practice is based on deep fieldwork where he deploys complex sound recording technology to capture natural, anthropogenic, and geophysical forces. The recordings are used within various exhibition, performance, and publication outcomes to demonstrate the transformative effects of sound within an environmental context. He is particularly interested in concepts of perception, immersion, and embodiment to provide audiences with sophisticated encounters of space and place. Philip is the recipient of three Australian Antarctic Territory Fellowships which he is using to construct a sound map of Eastern Antarctica. His project Polar Force produced in collaboration with Speak Percussion received an Honorary Mention for the Digital Musics and Sound Art Category at the 2019 Prix Ars Electronica. Philip is a Professor at RMIT School of Art where he leads the Sound Art and Auditory Culture Lab and is the artistic director of the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture.