The Plant Contract

The Plant Contract Cover“If the plant contract is an effort to redress damages incurred upon nature due to human over-dominance and extreme sovreignity over the natural world, then Jo Burzynska is experimenting with changing our perceptions of the vegetal life, and dabbling with the changed usage of a given landscape.”

Prudence Gibson. The Plant Contract: Art’s Return to Vegetal Life. 2018. Lieden: Brill.

I’m honoured to have a section devoted to my work in Prudence Gibson’s excellent new book on critical plant studies, The Plant Contract. In “A Baccanalian Labour,” Gibson writes about my Oenosthesia project and ongoing research into the perceptual interactions between sound and taste/flavour.

 

Recruiting Sydney wine lovers for wine and sound study

Oxford University Experiment picI’m recruiting participants to take part in a study on how sound affects the perception wine characters. This is the final part of an experiment started at Oxford University’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory with Professor Charles Spence and Dr Janice Wang that I will be finishing in Sydney.

To participate in the study you must be over 18, comfortable with consuming a small (125ml) amount of red wine and have a normal sense of smell, taste and hearing. Participants will be given red wines to taste with different sounds, and will be asked a series of questions. The experiment is a single session that takes no longer than 30 minutes. All those taking part in the study will be invited to attend a free wine and music tasting that I will host later this year in Sydney using the results of previous research.

The experiments will take place at the UNSW Paddington Campus:
22nd March 5-8pm
23rd March 11am-6.30pm
24th March 10.30am to 5pm

And UNSW Kensington Campus:
5th April 10am-4pm
6th April 10am-4pm

Those with all levels of wine expertise are welcome. However, I’m particularly interested in recruiting participants who are able to identify body and acidity in a wine.

If you are interested, please contact me using the form below, ideally with an idea of what dates/time might suit. Slots are on the hour and half hour between the specified times.

Please do circulate this invitation to anyone else who might be interested.

Singing with the gluttonous railway stations devouring smoking serpents

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Live audio-olfactory performance
Sunday 28th January, 2018 – on stage c4.30pm
NOW Now Festival, Sydney

 

“When Locomotion No1 made the world’s first commercial steam journey in 1825 it created the first movement in the history of the railways, and of a whole body of musical work inspired by the iron horse’s subsequent noisy passage through the world’s once peaceful open country. While the train came to symbolise order, progress and freedom, its potential for unpredictability and disaster on the other – from runaway trains to derailments and crashes – evoked a mixture of fear and fascination reflected in and provoked by some of the sublime musical journeys which have incorporated its aural imagery.
Jo Burzynska, “The Sound of Steam.” Noisegate 13 (2006).

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In preparation for the performance

Jump on board for a dromological journey illuminated by the sonic, kinetic and olfactory energy of locomotion and landscapes passed through at speed. In this live audio-olfactory performance – which follows the Stanier Black-Five vinyl release of Alone with the Black Spirits on the UK’s Rail Cables last year – I’m returning to my longstanding fascination with trains in my first ever rail-based work in Australia and featuring  aromatic elements. The sound component will use my field recordings of trains made around the world, which is entwined with a congruent shifting aromascape that I’ve blended that applies my own and existing research into crossmodal correspondences, the universal tendency of a sensory feature in one modality to be matched with one from another sensory modality.

A few copies of the Rail Cable vinyl release will be available to purchase at the festival.

 

 

 

Amazuppai

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The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
June 1-24, 2017

IMG_3737Jo Burzynska’s Amazuppai work for sound and wine was part of An Audacious Decade exhibition at The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery in Christchurch, NZ. Amazuppai uses the interactions between sound and wine to explore the physical sensations, conceptual contrasts and subconscious synergies of ‘sweet and sour’. The knife-edge balance between these two contrary but often complementary tastes and their semantic associations is explored in Amazuppai (the Japanese for sweet-sour, comparable to the idea of bittersweet). This is reinforced and destabilised through the interplay of a crisp off-dry Riesling with a modulating soundscape.

This work was created as part of Jo’s current doctoral research at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. In this, she is investigating the interactions between sound and taste and applying this in the creation of installations that work at the intersections of the senses.

Wines for the research for this piece generously supplied by the Sydney International Wine Competition and the 2015 Waipara Riesling for the installation by Pegasus Bay.

Celebrating International Sauvignon Blanc Day in Style

Lashed by nettles, pummelled by passion fruit, zapped by lime zest; Sauvignon Blanc’s sometimes visceral thrill can be something of an assault on the senses. But between the bombastic specimens, there is an ever-growing number of more refined examples, which in turn can mesmerise with their minerality, appeal with their fruit purity and captivate with their complexity. It’s these styles I’m celebrating in particular this Sauvignon Blanc Day, and suggest that even those who profess to be jaded with the variety should give these a go.

 

Churton-Best-EndChurton “Best End” Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Sourced from the “best end” of its Waihopai Valley vineyard, Churton’s complex and textural barrel fermented Sauvignon is evidence of the elegant power the variety can achieve in the right places and the right hands. Impeccably integrated oak and a crisp line of citrus structure this seamless wine in which pure white fruits and hints of blossom and almond wrap around its stony mineral core. The best Best End yet.

Wildmad Blanc

Lucy M Wildman Blanc Adelaide Hills 2016

The wild man of Australian wine, Anton von Klopper has made a very different expression of Sauvignon from fermenting the grapes in this example with their skins. Cloudy with a peachy hue, it has an aromatic nose that blends notes of sweet spice, clove and white fruits and a tangy palate displaying pear, apple and grapefruit aplenty, a touch of bitter herb and an attractive pithy finish.SAV16-DPV-CMYK

 

Dog Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Dog Point are the masters of making classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that combine the region’s vibrant signature with real elegance. This vintage is no exception with its aromatic nose of nettle, herb, blackcurrant leaf and flint, which leads into a palate where subtle notes of passion fruit are joined those of punchy green herbs, lime zest and hints of lemon barley, over a flinty mineral undercurrent.