Discover your own personal soundtrack to Brisbane
Curiocity Brisbane returns this winter to energise the cultural heart of Brisbane city with a world of discovery over 17 days of immersive science, art and technology, inspiring curious minds of all ages.
Award winning artists, scientists, engineers, designers, students and storytellers have created 20 physical and digital installations, known as Curiocity Artworks, that will challenge and delight visitors of all ages.
One such Curiocity experience comes from QMF and Textile Audio’s City Symphony—a multi-layered audio experience like no other from the mind of award-winning composer, mezzo-soprano, and sound artist Eve Klein.
Through an interactive mobile app, City Symphony invites visitors to put on their headphones and immerse themselves in a curated audio journey exploring stories from Brisbane’s recent and past life that allow the user to ‘hear’ the city.
Both an audio trail and a trailblazer, City Symphony combines AR-based game music creation with community placemaking. Creators QMF and Textile Audio worked with hundreds of community members and artists to craft an experience about the place and people of Brisbane.
To create a truly unique experience, no two City Symphony encounters are the same, with the app responding differently to each user’s location and movements to reveal hidden layers of sounds and stories.
There are nine iconic locations to explore City Symphony. Some of our favourites are:
A Call to Maiwar
Location: Goodwill Bridge
Featuring voices from across this vibrant city, A Call to Maiwar offers messages, prayers and secrets to the unwavering natural force that connects Brisbane – the river Maiwar. Each message is revealed as you stroll across the Goodwill Bridge, interwoven with music by David Hudson. A Call to Maiwar features community contributions from 100 (and counting) residents from Brisbane.
Our Lost World
Location City: Botanic Gardens
Immerse yourself in a musical meditation composition by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall resonating from the centre of the formal gardens. As you explore your surroundings discover scattered messages sent back to earth from our dystopian future; Helen Marshall offers prayers of hope amongst the warning sirens.
The Meeting Place
Location: Queen Street Mall
An iconic meeting place – Queen Street Mall – is a gathering place for generations of young people from diverse backgrounds. As you walk through the mall, hear the music of Brisbane’s best contemporary artists, the dreams of the next generations and meet two extraordinary cultural leaders reflecting on their experience of growing up in Brisbane.
New Place of Protest
Location: Queens Gardens
Queens Park has become a central rallying point for climate activists seeking to navigate a world in crisis. Eve Klein’s soaring composition “I See” is augmented by iconic speeches from orators, and young people from Brisbane finding their role in the future of our planet.
City Symphony is presented by QMF and Textile Audio and proudly supported by Brisbane City Council, The University of Queensland, Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre and Ableton. The project is also supported by the Australian Government through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, and the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. QMF and Textile Audio are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Curiocity Brisbane returns to transform Brisbane’s cultural heart over 17 days, from 24 June – 10 July 2022.