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Leber and Chesworth

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth have collaborated since 1996, creating unique multi-channel sound and multimedia installations for a diverse range of arts and public spaces. A particular focus is the creation of sonic event spaces in the public domain. 

Public artworks include The Master's Voice, a permanent soundscape installation for City Walk, Canberra, commissioned by ACT Public Art Program in 2001 and 5000 Calls, a permanent soundscape installation commissioned by the Sydney Olympic Park Public Art Program in 2000. Reiterations (Elizabeth Street), an audio project for +Plus Factors, commissioned by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in 2006 was also exhibited at the 2007 Madrid Abierto.

Leber and Chesworth created The Gordon Assumption for the visual art program of the Melbourne International Arts Festival in 2004, and Chesworth's opera Cosmonaut was featured in the festival's performance program in the same year.

The video installation, The Persuaders, was commissioned for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne in 2003. Leber and Chesworth collaborated with Simeon Nelson on Proximities: local histories/global entanglements, a built-in soundscape artwork along William Barak Bridge for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and Oceanic Endless for Melbourne's Cardinia Shire Council in 2007. 

Sonia Leber’s films have been exhibited widely at film festivals and contemporary art spaces including Germany’s Oberhausen International Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Australian Perspecta at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 1994, Leber curated the sound art event Earwitness: Excursions in Sound for Melbourne’s Contemporary Music Events. 

David Chesworth began creating sound works in 1978 with groups including Essendon Airport at the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre. His music compositions and sound installations have since been performed and exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally.At the same time as research began on Almost Always Everywhere Apparent, Sonia and David began work on a permanent sound installation for Port Arthur prison in Tasmania which has also influened the development of this project.

Almost Always Everywhere Apparent - Leber Chesworth, – from Almost Always Everywhere Apparent, via Vimeo 
Space-Shifter, – from Space-Shifter, via Vimeo