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Glossolalia is a two-part exhibition that features four national art practitioners, each creating a distinctive, yet harmonic experience through time-based media.


Glossolalia (the phenomenon of apparently speaking in an unknown language) is a two-part exhibition that features four national art practitioners, each creating a distinctive, yet harmonic experience through time-based media.

Glossolalia (pt. 1) is a selection of seven artworks by leading Tasmanian time-based media artist Matt Warren. Curated by Colin Langridge part 1 will explore conceptual and aesthetic threads of connection between Matt’s earlier explorations in video and sound, and more contemporary technology.

Glossolalia (pt. 2) is a gathering of three artists who play with the “hidden” or “obscured” in their work, the exposure of an occult of images and sound. Curated by Matt Warren, part 2 features the work of Gail Priest, Sean Bacon and Abbie Calvert.

Developed by the Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania.


Gallery hours during Dark Mofo8 – 22 June
open nightly 5pm – 9pm

Gallery hours all other times: Saturday 7 May – 25 June 2022
11am – 4pm Tuesdays – Saturdays, closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays


SEAN BACON is a Sydney-based video designer who has been working in the industry for almost two decades, collaborating with many national and international artists. Sean’s talent is his use of live video in performance. He is one of Australia’s leading practitioner working with live capture and live mixing of the visual elements in performance, creating a unique and dynamic theatrical environment. Sean art practice works across a wide variety of platforms, including film, installation, public art, stage and dance.

ABBIE CALVERT is an interdisciplinary artist based in nipaluna (Hobart). She works mostly with installation, participatory events, moving image and sound. In her practice she explores the relationship between language and the world, often seeking out strategies that may illuminate the ways in which traces of histories, shared experiences, embodiment and environment become deeply embedded in modes of communication.

GAIL PRIEST is a sound artist, curator and writer living on Darug and Gundungurra land now known as Katoomba, NSW. Her practice encompasses performance, recording, sound design for dance and theatre, installation, curation and writing. She has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally at events and galleries. She also works collaboratively with visual artists, choreographers, theatre makers and fellow sound artists undertaking several collaborations with Matt Warren and the Unconscious Collective (Tas). She has music releases on her own label, Metal Bitch Recordings as well as Flaming Pines. She also curates events and exhibitions and writes fictively and factually about sound and media art.

DR MATT WARREN is a Hobart-based artist living in nipaluna (Hobart). His practice encompasses immersive electronic installation, single channel video and sound works. The works investigate memory, transcendence, liminal spaces and suspension of disbelief. His music and sound practice has a basis in both composition and improvisation. He performs and records electro-acoustic and drone works under his own name and collaborates with others under a number of monikers. His practice is informed by psychedelia, digital abstraction and hauntology.


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Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania
Centre for The Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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