Lawrence English

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Lawrence English
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Lawrence English is an artist, composer and curator based in Australia. Working across an array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work explores the politics of perception and prompts questions of field, perception and memory. English utilises a variety of approaches including visceral live performance and site-specific installation to create work that invites audiences to consider their relationship to listening, place and embodiment. Over the past decade he has worked with sound as a medium for embodied experience and is determined to share his interests in the transformative and sensorial transgressive possibilities of sound. He is a Sidney Myer Creative fellow, was awarded an outstanding doctoral thesis award in conjunction with his PhD in 2017 and has been supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for his public artwork project in Los Angeles, Seirá.

In his gallery practice, many of English’s works draw on ideas of spatial field and relativity. His work Audition (2015) for the Asia Pacific Triennial utilises massive acoustic mirrors within which a listener can greatly augment and amplify their capabilities as a listener.

As a composer, English’s 2014 album Wilderness Of Mirrors resonated strongly across Australia and the Northern Hemisphere. The album was widely praised and recognised as one of the most provocative and individual voices of adventurous Australian music in recent times. His compositions occupy a unique position where acoustic and electronic sources share similar textual and timbral qualities, blurring the nature of the source and creating a relative sonic tabula rasa. This allows the listener to move freely within the pieces and create their own reading of the music, both contextually and acoustically.
As a curator, English has been actively involved in the development and increased recognition of sound as an art form within Australia, through his record label and multi-arts organization Room40. He has curated exhibitions of international and Australian sound artists, which have been shown in Australia, Singapore and The Philippines. He is currently working as curator on an exhibition for The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time held across Los Angeles in 2024.

He has also worked extensively in sound performance, directing festivals such as Room40’s Open Frame, which has been held in London, Stockholm and now annually in Sydney. He also directed the Liquid Architecture, Frankly! and Sound Polaroids festivals. as well as the performance series MONO (for the Institute Of Modern Art), Syncretism and NineHoursNorth (for The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art) and works extensively with other galleries and major festivals such as Dark Mofo, Sydney Festival and Monash University Museum Of Art, where he devises unique performance programs. He has presented over 400 artists across his time as a curator.

Lawrence English also works closely with many musicians and artists both formally and informally as a mentor, catalyst and agitant. He has also published both popular and academic essays and texts on listening, perception, futuring ambient and how to sustain a creative practice as an artist. His inspirational Young Person’s Guide To Hustling In Music And The Arts, written in 2011, is a regular teaching resource in several university courses at QUT, RMIT, MIT and other institutions.
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cajid 003CD Transit — Lawrence English Lawrence English Transit (Album) Cajid Media cajid 003CD Australia 2005 Sell This Version
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Crónica 022~2005 Happiness Will Befall — Lawrence English Lawrence English Happiness Will Befall(CD, Album) Crónica Crónica 022~2005 Portugal 2005 Sell This Version
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leaf 022 Suikinkutsu — Lawrence English Lawrence English Suikinkutsu(CDr) Autumn Records leaf 022 US 2006 Sell This Version
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karu:7 For Varying Degrees Of Winter — Lawrence English Lawrence English For Varying Degrees Of Winter (Album) Baskaru karu:7 France 2007 Sell This Version
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P-S 008 Merola Shoulders — Lawrence English Domenico Sciajno + Lawrence English Domenico Sciajno + Lawrence English - Merola Shoulders(CD, Album) Phono-Statique Records P-S 008 Australia 2007 Sell This Version
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P-S 007 Plateau — Lawrence English Lawrence English & Ai Yamamoto Lawrence English & Ai Yamamoto - Plateau(CD, Album) Phono-Statique Records P-S 007 Australia 2007 Sell This Version
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Tone 31 Kiri No Oto — Lawrence English Lawrence English Kiri No Oto (Album) Touch Tone 31 UK 2008 Sell This Version
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wm11 Studies For Stradbroke — Lawrence English Lawrence English Studies For Stradbroke (Album) Winds Measure Recordings wm11 US 2008 Sell This Version
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P!?003 Euphonia — Lawrence English Lawrence English & Tom Hall (4) Lawrence English & Tom Hall (4) - Euphonia(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Presto!? P!?003 Italy 2008 Sell This Version
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RM435 U — Lawrence English Tujiko Noriko, Lawrence English & John Chantler Tujiko Noriko, Lawrence English & John Chantler - U(CD) Room40 RM435 Australia 2008 Sell This Version
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12K1052 A Colour For Autumn — Lawrence English Lawrence English A Colour For Autumn (Album) 12k 12K1052 US 2009 Sell This Version
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KARU:13 HB — Lawrence English Francisco López & Lawrence English Francisco López & Lawrence English - HB(CD, Album) Baskaru KARU:13 France 2009 Sell This Version
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SIRR 0032 It's Up To Us To Live — Lawrence English Lawrence English It's Up To Us To Live(CD, Album, Ltd) Sirr SIRR 0032 Portugal 2009 Sell This Version
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RM427 A Path Less Travelled — Lawrence English Minamo + Lawrence English Minamo + Lawrence English - A Path Less Travelled (Album) Room40 RM427 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
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EXPLP020 The Peregrine — Lawrence English Lawrence English The Peregrine (Album) Experimedia EXPLP020 US 2011 Sell This Version
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Crónica 057~2011 Acute Inbetweens — Lawrence English Lawrence English + Stephen Vitiello Lawrence English + Stephen Vitiello - Acute Inbetweens(CD, Album) Crónica Crónica 057~2011 Portugal 2011 Sell This Version
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DRM420 And The Lived In — Lawrence English Lawrence English And The Lived In Room40 DRM420 Australia 2012
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DRM420 Songs Of The Living — Lawrence English Lawrence English Songs Of The Living(20xFile, FLAC) Room40 DRM420 Australia 2012
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LINE_058 For / Not For John Cage — Lawrence English Lawrence English For / Not For John Cage(CD, Album, Ltd) Line LINE_058 US 2012 Sell This Version
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IMPREC367 Lonely Women's Club — Lawrence English Lawrence English Lonely Women's Club Important Records (2) IMPREC367 US 2013 Sell This Version
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wm31 Boombana Echoes — Lawrence English Akio Suzuki and Lawrence English Akio Suzuki and Lawrence English - Boombana Echoes (MiniAlbum) Winds Measure Recordings wm31 US 2013 Sell This Version
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wm35 Suikinkutsu No Katawara Ni — Lawrence English Lawrence English Suikinkutsu No Katawara Ni(CDr, Album, Ltd) Winds Measure Recordings wm35 US 2013 Sell This Version
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fratto022 Split — Lawrence English Boccardi* / English* Boccardi* / English* - Split(LP, Ltd) Fratto9 Under The Sky Records fratto022 Italy 2013 Sell This Version
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RM460 Wilderness Of Mirrors — Lawrence English Lawrence English Wilderness Of Mirrors (Album) Room40 RM460 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
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der009 Fable — Lawrence English Lawrence English + Stephen Vitiello Lawrence English + Stephen Vitiello - Fable(CD, Album) Dragon's Eye Recordings der009 US 2014 Sell This Version