The Harmonic Oscillator

Friday 20 July, 7pm - 9pm | Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

  <p><strong>When:</strong> Friday 20th July<br /><strong>Time:</strong> 7pm - 9pm<br /><strong>Where:</strong> Wagga Wagga Art Gallery<br /><strong>Cost: </strong>Free event - limited seats, bookings essential</p>
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When: Friday 20 July
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost: Free event - limited seats, bookings essential

From Tate Liverpool to the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery: An international project that brings together a hospital in the UK and a secret government oil tank buried in the highlands of Scotland to discover the longest heart beat ever heard, before using sound and video to explore the memories contained within the rubble of a half demolished hospital.

Hear artist Vic McEwan share videos and stories about this four-year project between the UK and Australia, exploring ideas of illness and recovery and the effects that the sounds in our hospital spaces are having on our healing.

Director of the National Institute for Experimental Arts, Jill Bennet declares The Harmonic Oscillator as “field defining work” and “arguably one of the most adventurous and profound arts-health interventions to date, both intensely moving and inspirational”.


Vic McEwan is a contemporary artist whose practice is based on the underlying philosophy that in order to practically navigate complex issues, we must first learn to navigate them emotionally. Believing contemporary arts practice to be the perfect medium with which to undertake this navigation, McEwan aims to use his work to contribute to and enrich broader conversations about the role that the arts sector can play within our communities.

As the Artistic Director and co-founder of The Cad Factory, Vic McEwan has led a regionally based arts organisation to work with over a thousand artists to an audience of over 70,000 people and delivered over 200 workshops. The organisation's vision statement reflects the importance of ethics in the practice of McEwan and his colleagues.

McEwan’s artistic practice involves working with sound, video, installation and performance with a particular interest in site-specific work. He is interested in creating new dynamics by working with diverse partners such as health, business, environment and education and exploring difficult themes within the lived experience of communities and localities.

Collaborating with communities to understand place through an exploration of contemporary arts practice, his past projects have explored complex realities such as ongoing tensions around water management in the Murray Darling Basin system, Indigenous and non-indigenous relations within regional locations, youth incarceration, suicide, gender imbalance and changing climate.

McEwan was the 2015 Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Australia and the recipient of the Inaugural Arts NSW Regional Fellowship 2014/16. He has shared his work internationally in the UK (Tate Liverpool), Lithuania (National Gallery of Lithuania) and Australia (The Big Anxiety Festival).

McEwan sits on the NSW/ACT Arts and Health State Leadership Group, is a board member of Music NSW, holds a Masters of Arts Practice with High Distinction and a 1st Class Honours of Creative Practice (Fine Arts) from Charles Sturt University.

This is a free event but seats are limited

Images: MRI Scan, Alder Hey Children's Hospital; photo: Vic McEwan | Vic McEwan inside Inchindown Oil Tank; photo: Clive Parkinson