WA Now – Tom Mùller: Monolith Scores

Exhibition and Shows

7 Mar 2020 to 1 Jun 2020

Buildings are urban monoliths. Cultural institutions are perceived to be even more so. Tom Mùller’s exhibition delves into what this perceived monolith sounds like, feels like, breathes like.

Conceived around the hexagonal shape central to the built form, the Gallery building internally is defined by open vistas and vertical columns, and breathes in its own rhythm. By listening/resonating with (to) the building, Mùller has created a series of works that include a replica of the central column in the exhibiting space made in pulsating light that breathes six breaths per minute. Known to calm the body and the mind, the six breaths principal is used in Buddhist, yogic and Christian practices.

Original 1979 stone cement tiles from the Gallery rooftop become a sculptural element in the space, like an archaeological find in the future. These tile stacks are shrines of sound, created by Mùller while he ‘played’ the building, scraping, tapping, sounding out the surfaces which form this monolith. We, the audience, also play the building by being in it, talking, walking, being still, thinking: we are its dynamic, give it rhythm, just as it forms ours.

Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.


Art & Culture Cafe Family Friendly Free Wifi Non Smoking Parents Room Public Toilet Shop Shop / Gift Shop


Free Entry

Event Times

7 Mar 2020 to 1 Jun 2020

Daily Event


Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, 6000

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