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Leber, Sonia (1959 - )

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URL: The home page for this entity is located at http://www.waxsm.com.au
Sonia Leber's filmwork has been exhibited widely at film festivals and contemporary art spaces including Germany's Oberhausen International Film Festival (in competition); Madrid Week of Experimental Cinema; the Aurora Australis tour of galleries in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Ontario; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; ATOM Awards (finalist); Experimenta, Melbourne; Perth Institute of Contemporary Art; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Australian Perspecta.

By 1993, after working in film and video for more than a decade, Sonia also started focusing on the use of sound as a creative medium. Together with fellow artist David Chesworth, she established Wax Sound Media as a unique arts practice creating sound and multimedia installations for art spaces, museums and public sites.

Leber was awarded the NAWIC 2000 Arup Award for Achievement in Design for her work on 5000 Calls, in collaboration with David Chesworth. 5000 Calls is a large-scale multi-channel sound installation installed throughout the Urban Forest, an extensive 4.5 hectare loose grid of eucalyptus trees surrounding the Olympic Stadium in Sydney. Commissioned by the Sydney Olympic Park Public Art Program, it is scheduled to remain on site for ten years. In October 2002, it was presented along the Millennium Riverwalk in Cardiff, UK, outside the Millennium Stadium. In June 2003 it was presented along Ljubljana's Shoemaker's Bridge in Slovenia.

Recent commissions include The Persuaders, a multi-monitor video installation for Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square in Melbourne in 2003 and The Master's Voice, a long-term soundscape artwork for Canberra's Public Art Program.

Projects include interpretive sound installations for the Museum of Victoria, Melbourne's Immigration Museum and the Museum of Sydney, reflecting Leber's ongoing interest in cultural history and the use of sound to multiply meanings and contexts.

Leber began her association with RMIT's Faculty of the Constructed Environment in 1994. She established a subject in which students investigate the concerns of architecture and the urban environment through the medium of video. She continues to lecture in film theory and video production within the architecture/urban design context.

In 1994, Leber was invited to curate a major 'sound art' event for the Melbourne-based Contemporary Music Events. Earwitness: Excursions in Sound presented a unique showcase for the work of over 25 major Australian and international artists working with sound. It featured installations and performance work at a wide variety of galleries and urban sites including Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Royal Botanic Gardens, Old Melbourne Observatory and Old Melbourne Gaol.

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