Untitled (Death Song) Performance

Untitled (Death Song) Opening Performance

Fri 24 Feb 2023 7:30pm


The University of Queensland Art Museum, University Drive Saint Lucia, QLD 4072

In a series of live performances, musicians will activate Quandamooka artist Megan Cope’s sound installation Untitled (Death Song) (2020) as part of the exhibition We Are Electric: Extraction, Extinction and Post-Carbon Futures.

The performance acts as a lament, a harbinger of death, and a warning for the future. Megan Cope's Untitled (Death Song) takes its first note from the haunting cries of the yellow-eyed Bush Stone-curlew, a bird known for its distinctive call, an eerie “weer-lo” sound often mistaken for a crying baby or wailing woman. An endangered species within certain Australian states due to land clearing, habitat loss and predation, the bird’s threatened status registers ongoing ecocide and the impact of settler-colonial land management.


The artwork will be activated by the UQ School of Music across the run of the exhibition as below. More performances to be added soon.                                                      

  • Opening night performance: Friday 24 February: 7:30pm-7:45pm. *RSVP for opening party here. Limited spots available for performance due to space capacity. Arrive early to ensure a spot.
  • Curatorial tour and lunchtime performance:  Wednesday 8 March: 12:00pm-1:00pm . Gain insights into the overarching curatorial thematic from exhibition Curator Anna Briers, followed by a 15 minute performance.                                    
  • Lunchtime performance:  Wednesday 29 March: 12:00pm-12:15pm.

Click here to learn more about the performances.

Image: Megan Cope, Untitled (Death Song), 2020. Installation view, We Are Electric, The University of Queensland Art Museum, 2023. Photo: Joe Ruckli.