LISTEN AND READ

Cass Lynch & Mei Swan Lim

Cass Lynch
Born 1985 in Perth
Live and work in Boorloo/Perth

Cass Lynch is a writer and researcher. She has recently completed a creative writing PhD that explores deep memory features of the Noongar oral storytelling tradition; in particular stories that reference the last ice age and the rise in sea level that followed it.

Lynch is a descendant of the Noongar people and belongs to the beaches on the south coast of Western Australia.

Mei Swan Lim
Born 1986 in Sydney
Live and work in Boorloo/Perth

Mei Swan Lim’s artistic practice employs a diverse array of materials and methodologies – including weaving, paper cutting, sound installation, sensory theatre, video, performance and music composition – that are united by a search for wellbeing, agency and autonomy. While Lim’s weaving work lends itself to the documentation of an inner emotional landscape; her paper cuts explore her Chinese-Malaysian and Baha’i lineage; and sensory theatre and soundscape works centre on the emotional, environmental and spiritual importance of place, namely the swamps of Perth.

Lim also releases solo electronic music under the moniker Mei Saraswati. She has been performing, recording and composing independently since 2010. In 2021, Lim created sound work for the Witness Stand and exhibited in the exhibition Fair Isle, both presented as part of Perth Festival.

 

 

 

Cass Lynch and Mei Swan Lim
Dampland 2021
mixed media installation with audio
dimensions variable
Courtesy the artists 

Dampland (2021) continues the collaborative partnership of Noongar writer and research Cass Lynch and artist Mei Swan Lim, in the form of a new audio work with accompanying imagery. Building upon Lynch’s academic research into deep memory features of the Noongar oral storytelling tradition – with particular focus on stories that reference the last ice age and the rise in sea level that followed – Dampland takes the listener on a journey from the Darling Scarp, along the Swan Coastal Plain, to Wadjemup, or Rottnest, and through time from the ice age to the present day.

Overlaid with atmospheric sounds reflecting those of the changing environment, Dampland is simultaneously an evocative reflection upon natural cycles of cooling and warming as passed down through stories by Noongar ancestors, and a prescient warning that human-induced climate change is disrupting this cycle, threatening to send us into a rapid warming period that Country, as we know it, can’t survive.   

 

Mei Swan Lim
Sky Life 2018
Field recordings of avian melodies sung during Djilba and Kambarang, recorded on Noongar Boodjar
Courtesy the artist
Commissioned by Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth

 Sky Life is a documentation of bird sounds from Baigup Wetlands; wattle birds from the shores of the Derbal Yerrigan in Maylands; djiti djiti’s flying through a hedged corridor near Joondalup Arena; and Karak chatting in Wanneroo, near Lake Joondalup.