Recording a wild fire in South Africa
Philip Samartzis uses field recordings of natural and constructed environments as his primary material to render densities of space and discrete zones of aural experience, which are arranged and mixed to reflect the acoustic and spatial complexities of everyday sound fields.
Philip Samartzis is currently co-ordinator and lecturer in Sound within the Fine Art program in the School of Art, RMIT University, where he is engaged in research into surround sound and immersive environments for installation art.
Some of the outcomes from his research has informed a number of exhibitions including; Presence & Absence (2002) presented at Statenlogement, Hoorn, Transparency (2001) presented at Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris, Soft & Loud (2001) presented at Central TAFE gallery, Perth, and Dodg'em (1999), a collaboration with Martine Corompt, and first prize winner of the National Digital Art awards organised by the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane.
As an independent curator he has organised two Immersion festivals (1999 & 2001) as well as Variable Resistance, a series of international sound art presentations for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Samartzis has also curated Variable Resistance: Ten hours of sound from Australia for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Podewil Arts Centre in Berlin.
As a solo artist he has performed widely in Australia, Japan, Europe and the United States, and has published four solo compact disks, Residue (1998), Windmills Bordered By Nothingness (1999), Mort aux Vaches (2003) & Soft and Loud (2004).