Edwina Stevens (Dunedin, Aotearoa/Melbourne) is an audiovisual artist working across live performance, installation and spatial sound design. Her work investigates the 'sound of place' via composition, improvisation and performance, working with analogue signal frequencies/synthesis, found acoustic instruments, site-specific acoustic elements and field recordings.
The 'sound of place' explores the sensory, almost synaesthesic phenomena of temporal transference or artist as medium for transmutation of the recorded sonic experience of place as emotional resonance. Her minimal and haunting soundscapes specifically relate to experiences of remoteness, where time behaves differently, occasionally induced further by minimal cinematic imagery. A substantial amount of Edwina’s work has been produced during self-directed residencies and impromptu travel.
Edwina’s audiovisual practice has been exhibited as part of group shows and collaborations, in the form of installations, radio pieces and screenings, such as at Incinerator Gallery (Melbourne 2019), Radiophrenia (Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow 2019), Radia Network (commissioned radio piece, European network 2018), ABC Spotlight Audible Women (Melbourne 2017), Melbourne Environmental Film Festival (Melbourne 2015), Blue Oyster Gallery (Dunedin, 2011), Artspace (Auckland, 2010), HSP (Christchurch, 2010), None Gallery (Dunedin), The Anteroom (Dunedin). A recent documentary style sound-work collaboration with Carly Fischer has been accepted to be broadcast as part of Radiophrenia 2019 at Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art, after beingexhibited as part of a multi-channel sound and sculptural installation at Incinerator Gallery in March 2019.
Aside from her audiovisual installation practice, Edwina has played under the moniker of ‘eves’ since 2011 performing live visual and sound works across New Zealand and Australia (FFFFFF, eves). She has played in collaborative and self-structured events and tours such as Lines of Flight Festival Dunedin 2019, Ladyz In Noyz Australia 2017, Sisters Akousmatica Liquid Architecture/Next Wave Festival, Signal 2016, Nowhere Festival Auckland 2014 and Make It Up Club Melbourne, recorded and released 3 albums (eves.bandcamp.com) and was nominated for The Age Music Victoria Awards/Best Experimental-Avante Garde Act for 2015.
Edwina also performs as one half of the experimental noise duo Torrential Brain with Jennifer Tait and as bass player in long-running Dunedin noise rock band Thee Aesthetics.
Aside from her own practice, Edwina has also established, operated and curated within two project spaces within New Zealand, None Gallery (Dunedin, 2006-2012) and Rice and Beans (Dunedin, 2011-2012). The two spaces frequently exhibited and hosted artists locally and internationally as a no-cost, open space for experimental artists and their practices.
Edwina is currently undertaking a Research Masters Degree at Deakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts under the supervision of Cameron Bishop and Ann Wilson, researching ‘the sound of place’, specifically researching the methodologies of transmutation of place via the sound artist.
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/ 'Anteroom' residency - Masonic Hall Port Chalmers, Otepoti, Aotearoa. Proposed W.I.P with curator Charlotte Parallel.
/ Commencement of Research Masters at Deakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts (part time), 8th May ongoing.
/ ‘Lines of Flight’ 3 day noise festival performer (funded), Otepoti, Aoteroa. March 2019.
/ Radiophrenia 2019 - Radiophrenia Glasgow, ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ included in multi-artist audio-broadcast at Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts.
/ Incinerator Gallery - Moonee Ponds (March). A sculptural + 5 channel sound installation collaboration with artist Carly Fischer ‘I Feel The Earth Move’, installed for 2 weeks.
/ Audiovisual Technician - Foxtel, ABC, other external companies - Visual Broadcast Room, Arts Centre Melbourne.
/ Member of M.E.S.S (Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio) Melbourne - shifting into designing + building modular synthesizer to expand curent practice.
/ Member of M.E.S.S (Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio) Melbourne.
/ Radia Network – curated commission (Sally Ann MacIntyre) ‘Lands end – Rakiura/Ulva Island’ 28 minute radio piece.
/ Divide and Dissolve (music video) – aired on ‘Rage’ Dec 2017.
/ Torrential Brain project - live improvised shortform noise - 2 piece percussion (Jen Tait) + guitar.
/ Audiovisual Installer - Buxton Contemporary, ACMI - Melbourne.
/ Senior AV Content Producer - Arts Centre Melbourne.
/ eves – She asked me to play a concerned stranger (visual work for ‘eves, train to’).
/ Divide & Dissolve, Assimilation (music video aired on Rage TV).
/ eves 'yaw' (5 track online release).
/ eves 'svaha' featured on Abstract Paradigms podcast.
/ Sound Technician - Various live music venues, National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne.
/ ABC Spotlight - Audible Women - Peripheral Visions field recording composition work featured.
/ Sisters Acousmatika – Live radio performance.
/ eves – Live Performance various shows and collaborations *
/ Otway retreat - 5 days (1 track per day to produce 5 track release).
/ eves 'disrhythms' (self titled 5 track online release).
/ Coyoacan 'Peripheral Visions' composition work, Mexico.
/ Ladyz In Noyz tour Australia – performer.
/ Nominee for "best experimental/avant-garde act" - The Age Music Victoria Awards 2015.
/ 'Lands Line' selected for Environmental Film Festival's 'Sensory Environments'.
/ sulo/eves experimental noise project - live performances.
/ Member of AFW (Artists Film Workshop), Melbourne.
/ Nowhere Festival (Auckland) – performer.
/ eves tour (Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Port Chalmers).
/ eves 'eves' (6 track release to cdr).
/ Ladyz in Noyz Melbourne - performer.
/ Documentary Photographer - UNDP, UNESCO, Coffey, UNHCR, Australian Government.
/ eves featured on Avante-Gardening : City Mimicry.
/ Eves project started / live performance in Aotearoa.
/ Research Assistant position at Otago Polytechnic School of Art with Su Ballard
/ FFFFFF Collective exhibition 'Introduced Birds' - Blue Oyster Project Space, Otepoti.
/ Media Povera group show - Blue Oyster Project Space, Otepoti.
/ The Tainted Love Project - The Anteroom - group exhibition sound installation 'Songs for lovers'.
/ 'None' featured by Auckland's Artspace as part of 'New Artists Show' - live stream from None to Artspace.
/ Group show 'OH9' - None Gallery - Audiovisual projection work within ceiling crawlspace
/ Advanced Diploma in Video Post Production - Natcol Design Technology, Wellington.
/ Massey College of Creative Arts Graduate Show – Audiovisual Projection Installation.
/ Joint show with Erin Templeton, Thistle Hall, Wellington.
/ Research Assistant to Su Ballard (Otago Polytechnic School of Art, Time-based Media and Digital Moving Image).
/ Tutor & Technician at Otago Polytechnic School of Art - Time-based Media and Digital Moving Image.
/ Video Post Production services Otago University.
*Not all live shows have been included.
*Not all minor collaborations have been included..