Julian Day is an artist, composer, writer and broadcaster.
He creates simple yet evocative works encompassing installation, video, sound, text and performance. Much of his work is site-specific and collaborative, using dispersed homogeneous sound to explore the acoustic, architectural and relational properties of such varied spaces as railway sheds, marketplaces, laneways, parks and galleries.
Day performs as An Infinity Room (AIR) and co-directs Super Critical Mass, a large-scale participatory project in public places. His work has featured at Whitechapel Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Opera House and the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane) among other spaces. He has worked with such musicians as Lisa Moore, TILT Brass, Third Angle Ensemble, Synergy, Australian String Quartet, The Song Company, Decibel and Zubin Kanga.
Day is also a writer and broadcaster. He has presented programs for BBC Radio 3 and regularly hosts New Music Up Late on ABC Classic FM. His interviewees include Vito Acconci, Janet Cardiff, Steve Reich, Blixa Bargeld, John Cale, Laurie Anderson and Elliott Carter.
WHITE NOISE presents new and recent solo work by Sydney artist Julian Day. It continues his investigation into undifferentiated dispersed sound: what effect does homogeneous sound have on us and what does it reveal about our agency? Such work, with its conspicuous lack of depth of field, sits somewhere between the immersive visual ganzfelds of James Turrell and the stark psychoacoustics of Alvin Lucier, tempered with Martin Creed’s light touch. Simple materials such as paper and loudspeakers transform and extend the classic white cube gallery into a growling geometric ambience. The collection includes text scores, participatory sculpture and kinetic sound pieces using musical paraphernalia such as identical white metronomes, synthesizers and turntables.
Julian Day draws upon his twin backgrounds in composition and visual art. He has presented work at Whitechapel Gallery, MASS MoCA, Liquid Architecture and Museum of Contemporary Art and recently won the ARTAND Australia Contemporary Art Award. He directs two ongoing projects. Super Critical Mass invites temporary communities to undertake identical sonic tasks whilst An Infinity Room creates heightened airspaces using intersecting drones. In 2015 Day’s work features at the Bang On A Can Marathon (New York), Royal Academy of Music (London), Prague Quadrennial, Dark MOFO and Asia Pacific Triennial, GOMA.