While in the Amazon, Sam Hamilton recorded extraordinary sounds made by frogs. Upon returning to New Zealand he replicated these sounds with a choir of 30 human beings. Echoes of the biological, behavioural and social commonalities between humans and other species can be heard in this choral interpretation.
In a nod to Yves Klein who once exhibited eleven identical artworks each listed with a different price tag, Hamilton offers buyers an option of five different sale prices to choose from. In doing so, the artist questions the valuation of art.
"Sam Hamilton received one of the modest, peer-funded Starving Artist Fund grants organised by artist A.D. Schierning, which paid his way to the Amazon to make field recordings of the sounds of the jungle. It is easy to imagine his encounter with the legendarily vibrant ecosystem having something to do with a shift in his music making that coincided with that trip, away from the sit-down seriousness to something more pop. Euphoric and trance-like aspects of soul, rock and other dance music have been combined with art-music experimentalism in constantly evolving ways since in his work, often striking an exciting balance between complexity and immediacy."
Born 1984 in New Zealand, Sam Hamilton is an inter-disciplinary artist who travels extensively, exhibiting, working and living between New Zealand, Australia, North & South America and Europe. He works predominantly in the realm of music including being a part of the Parasitic Fantasy Band, but his practice also extends into film, video and screenprinting. Hamilton has released records and CDs, exhibited in galleries from Christchurch to New York City, scored soundtracks for film and dance, undertaken residencies, workshops, touring and performing throughout the world in venues ranging from giant theatres and festivals to warehouse parties and indie venues. Hamilton has been the recipient of a number of awards, grants and scholarships including the Arts Foundations New Generation Art Awards, several CNZ project grants, the SOUNZ Community Commission, the Brombron series in the Netherlands, a Goethe Institut cultural ambassador scholarship for Berlin and the Mamori Project residency in Brazil.