ICOSA Sound Bath – Sacred Resonance
Flour Shed, Port Adelaide (Fringe Festival)
Some fringe-goers might remember the Cosmic Array Installation that appeared on the Adelaide riverbank as part of the 2017 Splash Adelaide Winter Festival. Cosmic Array featured a collection of spheres that illuminated with different colours and sound as cosmic ray detectors picked up cosmic rays that passed through the space. It was quite serene and beautiful, features that have been retained for the present ICOSA sound bath, presented by Sacred Resonance.
Sacred Resonance is a 20 year collaboration of Darren Curtis and Bradley Pitt have a mutual interest in fusing music, technology and wellbeing. Together, they have produced a range of projects that seek to reproduce ancient sounds that were generated in the pyramids and caves, and have investigated their therapeutic effects on brain waves and the mind/body state (Curtis has an Honours degree in the field). Sound baths are exactly as the name suggests – an opportunity to submerge yourself in the sounds generated by the hosts, with the intention of relaxation and meditation.
There was more to the experience, however, as the Flour Mill has been transformed into a comforting, art-filled space, with sculpture (Paul Owen, metal geometries and Jessica Curtis, resin and crystal sculptures) and video projections (by Kenneth Scott) in keeping with the ICOSA (sort for icosahedral polygon shape) theme. In the centre of the space is a giant illuminated icosahedral skeleton, Sacred Resonance work with singing bowls made of crystal and metal, coupled to modern musical technology to complete the soundtrack. From this, candles and yoga mats fan out for a comforting space for your sound journey. The environment is just beautiful and the most restless of people would surely find a state of calm within the low light and resonating sounds of the event.
An immersive, sublime, gorgeous experience – so check it out. Open 11-6pm daily until March 8th for the artwork and soundscape, and there’s a two hour sound bath remaining this Sunday.
10/10 (5 stars)
Review by Sarah List.