about

Peter Blamey is a Sydney-based artist. His work explores sound, energies and residues, and the relationships between people, technologies and environments. His practice is typically grass roots and ‘hands-on’, and frequently involves establishing interactions between disparate everyday materials to produce performances, artworks and installations aimed (in part) at reimagining accepted notions of connectivity, variability and use.

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Peter has performed extensively, including appearances at both experimental music and arts festivals such as What is Music, Liquid Architecture, Electrofringe, the NOWnow, the Biennale of Sydney, Cementa 13 and 15, and ISEA 2013. He has collaborated with a range of local and international artists, including Jim Denley, Adam Süssmann, Emily Morandini, Clare Cooper, Anthony Guerra, Rosalind Hall, Kusum Normoyle (in the duo Hard Hat), Dale Gorfinkel, Wukir Suryadi, Sean Baxter, Vicky Browne and Matt Earle. His work has been exhibited at Artspace, SNO projects, Serial Space, ICAN and Hardware galleries in Sydney; Westspace, Bus Projects, and NGV in Melbourne; CACSA in Adelaide; and at iCAN in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Sound works have been included in numerous sound-based art survey exhibitions, including Variable Resistance: ten hours of sound from Australia (SFMOMA, 2002), D>Art.05 Sound (2005) and Music and Technology Month, Issue Project Room, NY (2010). Beyond that, Peter was previously a director of Pelt gallery in Sydney, and currently plays drums in Your Intestines.

contact: email [at] peterblamey.net

Selected performances and exhibitions:
2017
Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center, Asheville, NC, USA.
Inside #2, Paddington Town Hall, Paddington.
Sounding the Future, UTS Gallery, Ultimo.
The Last Bastion, Dark Mofo, SAC, Hobart.
Outposts, Dark Mofo, SAC, Hobart.
Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham.
Ear Have Ears, FBi 94.5FM, Sydney.
PHANTASMAGORIA, BCSC, Bogong Alpine Village, Victoria.
The Infra, Bus Projects, Collingwood.
Avantwhatever, The Alderman, Brunswick East.
One Night in Tempe #2, Tempe Jets, Tempe.
NOW now festival exhibition, 107 Projects, Redfern.
2016
Sun Tone Harvester (with Vicky Browne), Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide.
Avantwhatever festival, Triple R, Brunswick.
Instrument Builders Project book launch, The Tote, Collingwood.
Now Boarding, Merry Crisis, Arncliffe.
Nadir LP launch, 107 Projects, Redfern.
2015
2015 Finissage, Artspace, Woolloomooloo.
The Infra, Firstdraft, Woolloomooloo.
In Fields, 55 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville.
Transductions: Energies in the Arts, Red Rattler, Marrickville.
Ears Have Ears, 107 Projects, Redfern.
Dorkbot at MCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
MIUC, Bar Open, Fitzroy.
Live, Strange Neighbour, Fitzroy.
TJ#1, Tempe Jets, Tempe.
NOW now festival exhibition, SNO, Marrickville.
Recently Historic #2, Gaffa, Sydney.
Cementa_15 festival, Kandos, NSW.
2014
Das Superpaper 33 launch, Firstdraft, Woolloomooloo.
Summer Tragic festival, Real Bad Music, Moorooka.
Friday Night, Metro Arts, Brisbane.
Instrument Builders Project, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Liquid Architecture festival 2014, Art & Design, UNSW, Paddington.
Pretty Gritty #9, 107 Projects, Redfern.
Recently Historic: Australian Electronic Arts in Western Sydney, UWS Art Gallery, Werrington North.
Sonic Social, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Instrument Builders Project exhibition, iCAN, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Bukan Musik Biasa #39, Surakarta, Indonesia.
NOW now festival, The Red Rattler, Marrickville.
2013
Avantwhatever, The Alderman, Brunswick East.
Earth Sound Earth Signal book launch, COFA, UNSW.
Tin Shed Spots #4, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney.
1/4 Inch, Yours & Owls, Wollongong.
Night Depot#3, ISEA2013, Firstdraft Depot, Woolloomooloo.
Cementa_13 festival, Kandos, NSW.
NOW now festival, The Red Rattler, Marrickville.
2012
SNO 89 group show, SNO, Marrickville.
Forage CD launch, Monkey, North Fitzroy.
Gap Year group show, Artspace, Woolloomooloo.
Forage CD launch, AV Union, Leichhardt.
Dorkbot Sydney group show, Serial Space, Chippendale.
NOW now festival exhibition, Hardware Gallery, Enmore.
2011
Sound Series #20, Hardware Gallery, Enmore.
What is Music? festival, Cockatoo Island.
filet électronique/island, ICAN, Camperdown.
High Reflections, The Red Rattler, Marrickville.
NOW now festival, The Red Rattler, Marrickville.
2010
Sound Series #8, Hardware Gallery, Enmore.
Superdeluxe@Artspace, Bienale of Sydney.
2009
Saturated electronics in situ, Serial Space, Chippendale.

Residencies:
Naturestrip residency, Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, Bogong, Vic., 2016.
Instrument Builders Project, iCAN, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2014.
Collaborative residency with Emily Morandini, Serial Space, 2011.
Infinite Music Machine, West Space, Melbourne, 2009.

Texts:
Tully Arnot & Peter Blamey, “Unexplored Functions/Everyday Objects”, Das Superpaper 33, Nov 2014, 56-61.

Renne R.A Kawilaran, “Seniman RI-Australia Kerja Sama Ciptakan Alat Musik”, Viva News, Indonesia, 15 April 2014.

Douglas Kahn, Earth Sound Earth Signal, University of California Press, 2013, 238-9.

Sally Pittman, “Gap Year”, Das Platforms, 15 Oct 2012.

Julien Héraud, “Peter Blamey – Forage”, improv sphere, 13 Oct 2012.

Lisa Thatcher, “Forage: the sound of Kafkas Burrow”, Lisa Thatcher, 08 Oct 2012.

Dan MacKinlay, “Delicate Detritus”, RealTime #104, Aug-Sept 2011.