C11 Eyes and Ears

  • Wednesday, 4 May 2022

  • National Film and Sound Archive

    McCoy Cct, Acton ACT 2601

  • In Association with

Stories of bravery and sacrifice connect the two vastly different experiences at NFSA. Martin Wesley-Smith’s audio-visual works, inspired by the people and experiences of East-Timor through the 80s and 90s represent one of the finest examples of audio-visual art in the world. In the Theatrette Alice Giles recounts her voyage to Antarctica –  with a harp! 


Arc Cinema:  East-Timor through the eyes and ears of Martin Wesley-Smith

Martin Wesley-Smith

     Beta-Globin DNA 


     Tekee Tokee Tomak     

     Welcome to Hotel Turismo  

All views expressed are those of the artist and not of the NFSA.


Ruben Palma

Jason Noble


Theatrette:  Alice in Antarctica

Joshua McHugh:  Billions of Penguins

Jim Cotter: On Not Dancing with Penguins

Nigel Westlake:  Beneath the Midnight Sun  

Mary Doumany:  Ice  

Martin Wesley-Smith,  Aurora Wynnis

Larry Sitsky: Fantasia nos. 16 & 17

Carlos Salzedo, Whirlwind   

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Artist Jason Noble, clarinet


Jason Noble is one of Australia’s most versatile clarinettists – experimental to classical – a soloist and core member of Ensemble Offspring. Jason has performed at festivals locally and internationally, from Warsaw to London, Shanghai to Kabul, and all major cities across Australia. “His expertise and virtuosic playing give new insights into the versatility of the bass clarinet” (Sounds Like Sydney)

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Artist Ruben Palma


Australian-Salvadoran cellist Dr. Ruben Palma is a freelance musician and pedagogue living and working on Gadigal land. Ruben began to play the cello aged 6, and spent nine years studying with Lindy Reksten at the Canberra School of Music. Ruben later studied with Julian Smiles, Howard Penny (at the Australian National Academy of Music), and Nicolas Altstaedt (at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln), and also undertook masterclasses and lessons with Steven Isserlis, David Geringas, Alban Gergardt, Uzi Wiesel, Maria Kliegel, Gabriel Schwabe, Pieter Wispelwey, Daniel Yeadon, and Gary Hoffman.

Ruben was a state finalist in the 2008 Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, a finalist and prizewinner in the 2014 Australian Cello Awards, the 2015 Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist, and partook in the 2017 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program. His solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast by Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, ABC Classic FM, 702 ABC Sydney, 3MBS, and FM 102.5 Sydney Fine Music. Ruben’s cello was made in 2017 by Yanbing Chen.

Artist Alice Giles


Alice Giles has been celebrated as one of the world’s leading harp soloists. The Australian-born musician first attracted international notice when she won First Prize in the 8th Israel International Harp Contest at the age of 21. Since then she has performed extensively internationally both in recital and with orchestra. She presented her first solo recital at the age of 13 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, was awarded the coveted Churchill International Fellowship and an Australia Council Grant to study in the USA and made her New York debut recital at Merkin Hall in 1983.

Regarded by Luciano Berio as the foremost interpreter of his Sequenza II, she has taken part in tributes to Berio at the Queen Elizabeth Hall London, Salzburg Mozarteum, and at the 92nd Street Y in New York to honour his 70th birthday. She has given many premiere performances for her instrument, has commissioned a complete program of works for the electro-acoustic harp, and is Director of the Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE), which has commissioned many new works by Australian composers.

As a recipient of an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, she performed a solo concert at Mawson Station in 2011 commemorating the Centenary of the first Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

Concert highlights include solo recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y, Merkin Hall NY, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, and concertos with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Zürich, Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, English Symphony Orchestra, Mainzer Kammerorchester, Danish Radio Concert Orchestra, Hamburg Mozart Orchestra, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra and regularly with all the major Australian Symphony and Chamber orchestras.