SHHH SHHH SHHH - Bags, Streets, Windows. A three part public art work, KunstRaum Goethestrasse - Linz, Austria. 2008. Commissioned by KunstRaum Goethestrasse under the heading ‘City of Respect’ and the residential social rehabilitating initiative 'Neuland'.

Amanda was commisioned to create an art initiative which addresses issues of the cause and effect of mental health, crime, social inclusion/exclusion and criminal justice systems.


The aim of this artwork was to sooth the city in it's hours of insomnia(between 2am - 5am). At the opening event in KunstRaum Goethestrasse gallery space. The attending public was invited to take part by depositing around the city distinctive radio receivers leaving them in places of personal significance. These radios (plastic bag encased) were turned to catch the transmitted repeated soft ‘Shhh’ from the airways.
Participants were asked to record the chosen locations with the cameras in their mobile phones and text in the site to KunstRaum Goethestrasse. The bags traveled around the city and beyond, discarded or kept. Initially the bag radios were turned to receive Dunsmore sound work which was broadcast from 2 – 5 am for 5 nights in September by Radio FRO Linz.

The Shhh sound is a based on the calming sounds made by parents when soothing their children to sleep. The sound was presented in a number of different sites, using three different modes of audio presentation. The audio method and site location supplied the context.