Max Eastley

Acclaimed musician who combines kinetic sound sculpture and music into a unique art form.

recording sound on a boat in the Arctic
Max Eastley recording sound during the 2004 Expedition, Svalbard.

“We sometimes think of nature as being slow, but we’re missing it all the time. It’s very, very fast.”

Max Eastley, 2005

Max Eastley is a long-standing friend of Cape Farewell, voyaging with us and contributing to exhibitions and events since Cape Farewell’s inception in 2001. He joined three expeditions to Svalbard with Cape Farewell in 2003, 2004 and 2005, investigating and responding to the effects of climate change.

Following the expeditions he created ARCTIC, an album featuring sound recordings made on the Cape Farewell voyages, and joined Cape Farewell at a series of events including the Chicago Humanities Festival, Late at Tate and Shift Festival. He created work for Cape Farewell’s first major touring exhibition Art & Climate Change and he features in many of our books and films.


Max is an internationally recognised artist whose work combines kinetic sound sculptures and music into a unique art form. In 2000 he exhibited six installations at Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery, London and travelled to Japan to exhibit and perform with David Toop at ICC Tokyo. He was also a research fellow at Liverpool John Moores University. The previous year a permanent sculpture was installed at the Devils Glen, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

In 2002 he exhibited at the Festival De Arte Sonoro, Mexico City, and was commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance to write music for the dance piece Plants and Ghosts which toured the UK.

In 2003 he exhibited a large scale sculpture for Art At The Centre, Reading in collaboration with sound engineer Dave Hunt, and performed with Victor Gama at the ICA London, as part of the Atlantic Waves festival of Portuguese Music.

His latest collaboration with David Toop: Doll Creature, was released in 2004. also in that year he exhibited an installation in Cologne, Germany. In 2005 he exhibited two installations in Ireland one in Dublin and an exterior work in Cork as part of the European City Of Culture celebrations and an installation in Riga, Latvia.

His work with the duo Spaceheads: A Very Long Way From Anywhere Else and the album with Martin Bates Songs Of Transformation were both released in May 2007. He also toured in a duo with Thomas Koner and performed solos in Rotterdam, Sardinia. He has recently completed an installation at the Metropole Gallery Folkestone.

ARCTIC by Max Eastley – 10 track album
Art & Climate Change – exhibition
Burning Ice: Art & Climate Change – book

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