Teresa Peters, Torben Tilly, Cheryl Farthing – ORB: PLACING INTO VIBRATION (13/07/2022 – 13/08/2022)

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Please join us to mark the opening of Orb: Placing Into Vibration, a new installation by Teresa Peters, Torben Tilly, and Cheryl Farthing.


“Our world is a complex matrix of vibrating energy, matter and air just as we are made of vibrations. Vibration connects us with all beings and connects us to all things interdependently… Quantum Listening is listening in as many ways as possible simultaneously — changing and being changed by the listening …perception at the edge of the new. Jumping like an atom out of orbit to a new orbit — creating a new orbit… [it] takes us below the surface of our consciousness and helps to change or dissolve limiting boundaries.”1


Teresa Peters explores ceramics as a crystalline matrix from deep time to deep house — transforming clay into fluid digital realms and quartz vibration. Navigating collections to collective consciousness — recent projects echo “the club” or “healing circle” as collective spaces of transformative experience.

Touch as a geomorphic force. Haptics and piezoelectric pressure on quartz trigger ceramics glazes, volcanic eruptions, communication devices like mobile phones and the human third eye. We resonate with the frequencies of quartz crystals as every cell in the human body has a geometric crystalline structure. Ammonites to Ammolite—breaking new ground.

Cheryl Farthing plays flute, sansula, drums and chimes, a powerful shimmering, multi-layered resonance. They accompany traditional quartz crystal sounding bowls, used in healing for hundreds of years that ripple through the body like a natural ultrasound—touched by their alchemy we are forever transformed.

Spinning chthonic bodies into audio-visual spheres to create patterns of shifting moments of connection and discordance, touch as alchemy, “… and by touching [the aural with the visual] put into play the whole system of the senses”2

Taking cues from spectral and minimalist music traditions alongside the healing aspirations of new age and deep listening music, Torben Tilly explores the psychoacoustic properties of combination tones in conversation with Teresa Peters’ clay-based moving image work and the microtonal vibrations of Cheryl Farthings’ collection of quartz sounding bowls. Together they investigate a crystalline inter-connectedness—between the material qualities of sound, the digital, moving image, and object that manifests as an act of ‘placing-into-vibration’3.

1. Pauline Oliveros, extracts from Quantum Listening: From Practice to Theory (To Practice Practice). Web: accessed 25 June 2022.
2. Jean-Luc Nancy, Listening, Fordham University Press, New York, 2007.
3. Francois J. Bonnet, ‘Underneath Listening’ in Spectres Volume 1: Composer l’écoute/Composing listening, Shelter Press, 2019.


Opens: Wednesday 13 July, 5.30pm with refreshments provided by Liberty Brewing Company
Hours: 12 – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Closes: Saturday 13 August

Session 1: 5 – 5:45pm
Session 2: 6:15 – 7pm

Limited capacity.
Please RSVP via email to admin@audiofoundation.org.nz using the subject, “QUARTZ SOUND JOURNEY”, noting which session you would like to attend.

More info: HERE


Artist biographies
Teresa Peters works in clay, ceramics, moving image and photography, she is a filmmaker in collaboration with Florian Habicht. She “excavates’ primordial “artefacts” and navigates pseudo – archaeology and abstract geology. Molten entities in intimate combustion. Navigating the prehistoric futuristic, she fuses earth bodies into fluid digital realms and “archives” them as photographic artefacts. ECHOES won the Portage Premier Ceramic Award 2021, at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery– the first work in the 21 year awards history to be presented as a photograph.

DISASTROUSFORMS.COM, 2020 is a body of ceramic and clay artefacts from a faux sci-fi disaster, archived on an online platform – exploring natural disasters, natural history and archiving. Disaster as the mother of revolution. It is inspired by/archived with Auckland Museum Collections Online and made with the support of Creative New Zealand. Echoing Berlin club culture and drawing museum collections out into the civic centre. It launched on the Auckland Live Digital Stage, as a large-scale cosmic audio- visual event in 2021. MOLTENENTITIES.COMNotes on moving mountains at RM Gallery, as part of From Things Flow, July 2021 explored the transformative qualities of quartz into an audio-visual QUARTZ SOUND JOURNEY in collab with sound healer Cheryl Farthing.


Cheryl Farthing is a certified iRest and Iyengar yoga teacher and sound healer. She began her healing journey into sound thirteen years ago using Hemi-sync music for meditation. She practices music and sound as therapy, vibrational healing and vibration touches every part of our physical being right down to the cellular level. In her sound work she uses traditional instruments such as quartz crystal sounding bowls that have been used for healing purposes for hundreds of years. Her meditation practice and teaching draws on Buddhism, and mindfulness techniques.


Torben Tilly was born in Te Whanganui-a-Tara and lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau. While his practice is often sound and music-based, it also traverses the fields of moving image, object-making and installation. Recent work considers the complexities of time and its apprehension through a variety of mediums, in many cases with site-specific concerns. He has produced numerous original scores for artists’ film and has a long history of making and performing experimental music. His music projects have been widely distributed on record labels in New Zealand, Australia, U.S.A. and Europe. In recent years he has been lecturing in sound design at Auckland University of Technology.

Some notable exhibitions & performances include:
Easter Piano Meditations: Parts 1—4, Chartwell Project commissioned composition to accompany Dane Mitchell’s Post-hoc NTS radio broadcast work, 2022.
Radio/rain [with Katrina Beekhuis], Windows, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, 2020.
Short & Medium Wave Radio (1974) by Phil Dadson, performed by Sam Longmore, Rachel Shearer, Torben Tilly, Flo Wilson, A Room That Echoes Festival, Audio Foundation, 2021, and Auckland Art Gallery, 2019.
City of Tomorrow, original score for film by Gavin Hipkins, including multi-channel sound installation for Gavin Hipkins: The Domain, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, 2017.
Object as Score, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2015.
Nobody But You, Audio Foundation, Auckland, 2013.
Object Lessons: A Musical Fiction [with Robin Watkins], Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 2010.