Daniel O'Toole: Voices from the Void

A black and white photo of a person standing in front of a black drum on a wall

Photo by Marcus Coblyn

Come experiment with sound and movement in ArtSpace at Realm! Voices from the Void by artist Daniel O'Toole is an interactive installation triggered by the movement you make.

This installation features a series of custom-made black drums or voids that begin to vibrate and sing when approached, producing an evolving soundscape interwoven with field recordings of local birds. The space becomes an instrument, and the audience the players. Voices from the Void has been shortlisted for the Lyon Biennale.

With this project, artist Daniel O’Toole notes “I am interested in observing how the group behaves; do people coordinate movements to express particular musical ideas? Is there a meditative and quiet atmosphere to the installation, or does it bring out people’s inner child, and become joyous and noisy? This work only sings when interacted with…the audience behaviour and exploring different social parameters are just as critical to the artwork as the drums themselves.” 

About the Artist

Based in Naarm/Melbourne, Daniel O’Toole makes multi-media works spanning sculptural colour-field paintings, video and sound.

Having worked as a musician and trained as an audio engineer, O’Toole’s range of media and sensory modes of communication come together to form an expansive practice that deals with natural phenomena. O’Toole has an almost scientific way of utilising technology and industrial fabrication processes to connect humanity and the natural world.

O’Toole has exhibited at the NGV, performed live painting at the Powerhouse Museum, and exhibited in the Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art.

His work is held in private collections both locally and abroad in Belgium, France, Holland, China and the USA.

Leap Night event

Join us to celebrate the installation with sound and movement performances by saxophonist Justin Fermino and dancers Janette Hoe and Adam Forbes.

  • Date: Thursday 29 February
  • Time: 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Venue: Artspace at Realm, 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood
  • Cost: Free
  • For catering purposes, please RSVP using the link below

RSVP online

Collective catch up

Join members of the Maroondah Arts Collective for a special preview of the installation, before the Leap Night event.

Hear some insights into the work from artist Dan O’Toole, and meet other local artists, before enjoying the performances and a glass of wine at the event.

Maroondah Arts Collective catch ups are opportunities for artists to meet, network and enjoy art together.

  • Date: Thursday 29 February
  • Time: 5:45pm to 6pm
  • Venue: Artspace at Realm, 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood

Register for the Collective catch up when submitting your RSVP for the Leap Night event.

A dancer engaging with the Voices from the Void installation


  • Monday, 05 February 2024 | 09:00 AM - Sunday, 24 March 2024 | 05:00 PM


Artspace at Realm, 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood, 3134, View map

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