Bianca Hester

Sonic Objects, Solar Objects:


4 July 2014 
Coles Car Park, Warrnambool

For The Cinemas Project, Bianca Hester will present a new performance and film work entitled sonic objects, solar objects: variously, which portrays a series of “hidden” sites across Warrnambool including those of disappeared cinemas such as the Liberty Cinema (now a Coles Supermarket) and the Shandon Drive-In. These sites are materialised sonically and optically, through two-fold actions involving fabricated and cast metal objects.

Part one, sonic objects, employs a set of steel rings that when spun, produce a sonic signature that reverberates as a sequence of dissonant cross-rhythms according to the particular material conditions of the sites in which they are activated. The looping movement of the hoops suggests the movement of film spools and acts to literally activate sound and image. Part two, solar objects, utilizes a set of cast bronze objects, held towards the sun at three moments marking the course of a day: dawn, noon and dusk. This work addresses this massive celestial body through an act of interposing objects into its fleeting pathway while also drawing attention to the materiality of light, which is the condition for both vision – and film’s – possibility. These two performance-processes will form the basis for a film that will be screened to an audience at the local Coles carpark on July 4th, 2014.

Bianca Hester is one of Australia’s most exciting and pre-eminent artists. She has recently exhibited in the Sydney Biennale and as part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s highly popular exhibition, Melbourne Now. Hester’s new work for The Cinemas Project extends and further develops some of the processes used in these recent works bringing a dynamic new formation of the these to Warrnambool audiences. Most important, however, is the fact that these processes are activated in relation to the contingencies of specific sites in Warrnambool, resulting in a unique iteration, activating new convergences that produce fresh insights upon these locations.


sonic objects, solar objects: variously

6pm, 4 July, Coles Car Park, Warrnambool


1pm, 4 July, South West TAFE, Timor Street, Warrnambool



Bianca Hester is motivated by an exploration of the connection between space, materiality and embodiment. She works in response to specific material, social and spatial conditions and builds provisional constructions and open-ended situations, often involving collaborations, events, imagery and video. Alongside this practice she teaches, writes and generates publications. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. She has a PhD from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) with Honours from RMIT, and has completed postgraduate studies at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Lumpen Falls’ (with Open Spatial Workshop), Conical Gallery, Melbourne (2012); ‘bits and pieces here and there’, Society, Sydney (2011); ‘please leave these windows open overnight to enable the fans to draw in cool air during the early hours of the morning’, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2010); ‘fashioning discontinuities’, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2009); and ‘projectprojects’, The Showroom, London (2008). She is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.




This book celebrates the first iteration of The Cinemas Project. It includes essays on the commissioned artists' work and reflections on cinema history.


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6pm, 4 July 2014

Coles Car Park, Warrnambool