Ross Manning, ‘Spectra XIII’ (detail), 2017. Fluorescent lights, fans, timber, acrylic paint, steel cable. Installation view, ‘Dissonant Rhythms’, Institute of Modern Art, 2017. Photo: Carl Warner.

Dissonant Rhythms

Ross Manning is a Brisbane-based artist who has been creating immersive light and sound works for nearly a decade. His work is grounded in the artistic and music traditions of Brisbane, while his increasingly ambitious sonic and luminous environments put him at the forefront of artistic practice nationally and internationally.

About the exhibition

The Institute of Modern Art is proud to be produce Manning’s first-ever survey exhibition. The show brings together works from the past eight years that immerse audiences in mesmerising encounters with light, movement and sound scored by carefully manipulated and constructed technologies. Giving new context to the artist’s work, Manning collaborated with an architect for the first time in his career. Together they pushed the boundaries between artwork and gallery, exhibition and performance.

The show includes works from the three key strategies that recur in Manning’s oeuvre: lightmobiles, self-playing instruments, and hacked technology.

A new catalogue, documenting the artist’s career and the exhibition, contains essays by leading art historians and scholars of experimental music and sound art. The book explores Manning’s practice in depth and gives the work a national and global context.


Ross Manning 


Dissonant Rhythms: Ross Manning interview

Ross Manning ‘Reflex in Waves’ LP

Tour dates

2 February24 March 2018
14 September28 October 2018
30 November 201827 January 2019
8 February31 March 2019
26 October 20195 January 2020
24 January11 March 2020
17 June16 August 2020
10 October29 November 2020


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A travelling exhibition organised by Institute of Modern Art (IMA), toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. Queensland venues are further supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOA). Ross Manning is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane. 

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