Artist in Residence: Mona Ruijs of Sound Interventions

Mona Ruijs
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 to Sunday, 17 June 2018
Ren Gregoric

Using sound as a medium for artistic expression, Mona Ruijs will invite participants to experience live sound baths and a multi-channel sound meditation installation. Informed by her practice as a gong practitioner, ‘Sound Immersions’ embodies intersections between contemporary art, acts of listening and states of consciousness; and explores their complex relationships to our senses as we engage with contemporary practices of deep listening and become ‘the listening body’.

The listening body is legibly more aware, more open, and more receptive than the non-listening body. The listening body listens not only with the ears but a vibration of possibilities exist as the transmission of sounds travels through the air to our skin. As sound travels through solids, liquids and gases we are able to absorb and assimilate these sounds, sensing them beyond hearing. As we ingest and consume sound with our whole bodies in this shared aural space, our bodies may reverberate as energy is palpable, physical and visceral. Exclusively conceived for, and made possible with a sound residency at, Warrnambool Art Gallery.

Sound Meditation Multi-Channel Installation: open all day and activated daily from 13-15 June at 11AM and 2PM (free)

Using sound as a prop to meditative practices, Mona’s polyphonic composition will be dispersed throughout 4 speakers in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery, forming a sound installation that invites you to lie down (or sit) with closed eyes and be in a state of non-doing. As you immerse yourself in a soundscape that washes over you, it offers space for you to go inwards and connect with yourself, and explore different brain states through sound. With closed eyes alpha and theta brainwaves may be produced which induces wakeful relaxation and can be otherwise associated with ‘right brain’ activity. Designed for one to access a meditative experience in the gallery, where you don’t have ‘do’ meditation but you can ‘become’ meditative, time may suspended as you enter a world of vibration, sensation and experience. * Yoga mats and chairs will be provided however you are very welcome a blanket, eye pillow or anything else to make a nest to enjoy the sound meditation.

Facilitated Sound Baths (ticketed)

Close your eyes and open your ears as we journey into sound and the senses. Mona Ruijs will facilitate a sound immersive experience with gongs, quartz crystal bowls, Himalayan singing bowls and various sound tools that are designed to induce states of profound physical relaxation, meditation, and general wellbeing. Lying down on mats you will be saturated and cocooned in the live sounds as you enter inside the wonderful world of the sound bath. The joy of a sound bath is the opportunity for you to lie down, listen deeply with your whole body and go inwards, as you may access a consciousness that lies between sleeping and waking. Here you may be transported to states of stillness, meditation, bliss, expansion of consciousness and self-healing. 

Sound Bath participants variously report powerful bodily sensations and brain states often accompanied by creative thought, rich imagery, insights, and feelings of rest and timelessness. This unique composition of frequencies and harmonics produces a soundscape that washes over you, releasing bodily tension and produces a relaxation response lowering stress, cortisol and adrenaline levels. We invite you to explore new ways of listening and responding, as the ear hears, the brain listens and the body senses vibrations.

These sessions are ticketed and will run for an hour at the following times:

- Friday 15 June 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm (adults)

- Saturday 16 June 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (adults)

- Sunday 17 June 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (kids and families)

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets through Eventbrite.

Mona Ruijs

Mona is a gong practitioner trained by The College of Sound Healing in Devon, UK. Inviting participants to close their eyes and open their ears, she curates a unique experience into sound and the senses, and an exploration of ‘the listening body’. Mona has spent the last 12 years abroad in Berlin and London where she facilitated sound baths, gong concerts and deep listening events. After completing her dissertation ‘Resonating Gongs: The Integration of Gongs into Sound Therapy’ with the Music faculty at the London Metropolitan University, she studied with Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux. Mona went on to train student sound practitioners at The Northern School of Soundsmiths in Manchester. In 2018 she is delighted to have returned to Australia to share her sound practice. Mona is continually exploring how the ear hears, the brain listens and the body senses vibrations.

Image credit: Photo by Mona Ruijs. Courtesy the artist.