For the past 20 years, Liquid Architecture has been Australia’s leading organisation for artists working with sound and listening. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound and listening.
Our program stages encounters and creates spaces for sonic experience, and critical reflection on sonority and systems of sonic affect. To do this, we host experiences at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music, supporting artists to produce performances and concerts, exhibitions, talks, reading groups, workshops and recordings in art spaces, music venues and other sites.
Liquid Architecture is curatorially driven and our methodology embraces research, collaborations and imaginations. We want to echo beyond local conversations, problems, debates and questions, to reverberate across media and disciplines, and so to sound out new discourses about the audible world, and beyond.
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the sovereign owners of the country where we live and work, and recognise that sovereignty has not been ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
GEORGIA HUTCHISON is a cultural development practitioner and arts executive in Naarm/Melbourne, working with Liquid Architecture since 2017. Her practice as an artist, educator, organiser and strategist crosses contemporary art, music, design and social justice. Previous to LA’s prolific international program, she has independently worked with partners including Asialink Arts, National Association for the Visual Arts, MONA, RMIT University, U-P, Molonglo Group.
JOEL STERN is a curator, researcher, and artist living and working on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne, Australia. Stern’s work deals with a range of issues, themes and questions connected with theories and practises of sound and listening. Interests include: sound, power and control; covert listening and panacoustic surveillance; polyphony as social practice; experimental music and community ritual; speech, voice, subjectivity; eavesdropping and ventriloquism; techno-politics of machine listening; rhetorics of nonsense and bullshit; pandemic soundscapes; acoustic justice; silence as testimony; post, trans, and non-human listening. Since 2013, Stern has been Artistic Director at Liquid Architecture, a leading Australian organisation that creates spaces for sonic experience and critical listening at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music. In this capacity he has been responsible for hundreds of festivals, symposia, exhibitions, concerts and publications realised in Australia and internationally, with collaborators ranging from major museums and institutions through to community organisations and artist-led initiatives. In addition to Liquid Architecture, Stern has led numerous independent organisations including: OtherFilm, a collective working with artists moving image and the legacy of avant-garde cinema; and Instrument Builders Project, a workshop, residency, exhibition series featuring artists, musicians and craftspeople from across Australia and Asia. In 2018, with critical legal scholar James Parker, Stern curated Eavesdropping, an expansive project connecting Liquid Architecture, Melbourne Law School, Ian Potter Museum of Art, and City Gallery Wellington, which comprised exhisbitions, public programs, working groups, tours, and a publication, addressing the ‘politics of listening’ through work by artists, researchers, writers, detainees and activists from Australia and around the world. Stern’s PhD thesis ‘Eavesdropping: The Politics, Ethics, and Art of Listening’ was completed through the Curatorial Practice program at Monash University, where he also teaches on sonic art.
DEBRIS FACILITY PTY LTD is a queer Corporate Entity which entangles itself with Bodies, Complicating their Borders with Haptic Interfaces. Wearables act as Extensions to broader installation practices, and move Parasitically with their Hosts through Differing Terrains. The Transmutation of Industrial Materials into Situations, Installations and jewellery Implicates our Consumption within global Supply Chains, highlighting Transitory processes and Exchanges.
ALISA BLAKENEY is a curator from Western Australia. She has presented exhibitions and projects at Taipei Artist Village, Stedelijk Museum, De Appel, Tate Modern, Goldsmiths, Paper Mountain, and Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.
JENNIFER BARRY is a creative professional with over 25 years' experience leading arts organisations, managing creative projects, devising public programs, and producing the work of artists, nationally and internationally. She has held a range of leadership positions including Footscray Community Arts Centre (Director/CEO), Shunpike (Executive Director /USA), Chunky Move (Executive Producer/Co-CEO), Federation Square (Manager, Public Programs), the Australian Institute of Arts Management (Executive Director), and the Arts Management Advisory Group of Victoria (Executive Director). As a consultant and project manager, she has worked with all levels of government, and numerous organisations, undertaking strategic planning, conducting stakeholder engagement, and managing business development initiatives. Clients have included the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria (now Creative Victoria), the City of Melbourne, the Australian Art Orchestra, the Australian Network for Art and Technology, and the Royal Children's Hospital, among many others. Jennifer has served on numerous not-for-profit boards and advisory committees.
NAOMI VELAPHI is an arts producer and programmer interested in contemporary, interdisciplinary arts practice. She is currently the Program Producer for the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) and also has an independent practice with a strong commitment to working with culturally diverse artists. She has held producing roles both independently and for a number of arts institutions including Arts Centre Melbourne, Arts House, Koorie Heritage Trust and the Abbotsford Convent. Naomi has over 10 years of experience in the industry and has worked across all facets of arts production including, curation, funding and budget management and audience development. She is currently a part of the Australia Council Arts Leadership Program, holds a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Curtin University.
KRISTEN SMITH is a non-practicing lawyer with over a decade of experience focused on large scale commercial litigation and class actions. She currently works as an Investment Manager for international litigation financier, Omni Bridgeway, having previously worked for Slater and Gordon in their Commercial and Project Litigation team. She has also worked at Dundas & Wilson (now CMS) in Scotland and as an Associate to the Supreme Court of Victoria’s Associate Justice Efthim. In 2004, she was awarded the Victoria Law Foundation Chief Justice’s Medal for Excellence and Community Service. She has previously served on the boards of the Australian Communities Foundation and the EastWeb foundation and is currently Vice President of the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS) board.
MARK NOLEN is a Certified Practising Accountant with extensive experience in the creative industries sector. He is currently Management Accountant at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image, having previously worked in a similar role at Film Victoria. Along the way he has helped countless singers, actors and even clowns get their taxes in order – no laughing matter! When not crunching numbers, you can find Mark sitting back with a fine drop of Scottish Whisky soaking up some even finer tunes.
DAVID CHESWORTH is an artist and composer, known for his experimental, and at times minimalist music, who has worked with electronics, contemporary ensembles, film, theatre and experimental opera. Together with Sonia Leber, Chesworth has created installation artworks using sound, video, architecture and public participation. Exhibitions include ‘56th Venice Biennale (2015), ‘19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), and ‘Melbourne Now’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013-14). Festivals featuring Chesworth’s music and sound works include Ars Electronica, Festival D’Automne de Paris, Bang on a Can Marathon, New York, Sydney Biennale, Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals and MONA FOMA. Early in his career he was co-founder of post-punk band Essendon Airport and for five years was coordinator of the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre in Melbourne. David Chesworth joined the Liquid Architecture Board in 2015.
HANNAH FOX is an artist, curator and creative producer working in the fields of sound, public art, contemporary music and live art. She founded creative partnership Supple Fox, delivered four years of programs as Artistic Associate for Contemporary Music at Melbourne Festival, and was Associate Creative Director of Mona’s winter festival Dark Mofo. In July 2019, along with Gideon Obarzanek, Hannah was appointed as Director and joint CEO of Rising – the newly remodelled and launched festival for Melbourne. Her tenure extends from 2020 till 2023. In parallel to her curatorial endeavours, Hannah has ventured into developing her own artistic practice in collaboration with artist Byron J Scullin and Thomas Supple. In June 2017, the group presented Siren Song: a large-scale, outdoor sonic artwork that fills the skies of a city, which continues to be remounted in cities around the world.
MICHAEL GRAEVE is a Castlemaine-based visual and sound artist. Working from easel painting through installation to sound performance, he engages painting and sound art practices in dialogue, extending frameworks for their creation and reading, and creating oscillations of conjunctive and disjunctive relations. He exhibits and performs internationally and has held over 25 solo exhibitions. His work has been reviewed in Artforum International, Eyeline, Real Time and Art/Text as well as in books by Ros Bandt and Caleb Kelly. He is a senior lecturer at RMIT University and holds a PhD. He was a Samstag scholar studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been awarded residencies in Vienna and New York. Michael has been a board member of Liquid Architecture Sound Inc since 2007, and was previously a board member and program manager at West Space Inc and a founding committee member of Grey Area Art Space Inc.
MONICA LIM oversees Fame Agenda, a casual women’s retail brand with presence in various department stores in Indonesia. With her husband, Konfir Kabo, she runs a portfolio of fuel retail sites across Australia, and is co-founder of Project Eleven: a philanthropic initiative supporting contemporary art projects with a focus on new commissions and cross-cultural projects. She previously practiced as a Tax Consultant at HLB Mann Judd and as Tax Manager at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu between 2000-2006. Monica is a classical pianist with an interest in experimental and multidisciplinary forms of expression, and is completing her degree in Interactive Composition at the University of Melbourne. She has produced work for White Night, Melbourne Fringe and Arts Centre Melbourne and is working on projects for Arts House, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Ensemble Offspring and Ars Musica, Brussels. She currently sits on the Events Committee for the Melbourne Recital Centre. She has two sons, aged 14 and 16.
ANDY MILLER currently works as the General Manager of Multicultural Arts Victoria. Initially trained as a painter at the Canberra School of Art, Andy Miller worked in theatre for a number of years before working to establish arts programs in the community sector. Following a few years as an arts and cultural officer at two local governments, Andy began a career in the state public service in various senior roles at Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria and was seconded for a period with Creative Partnerships Australia, as Senior Programs Manager. As well as a Bachelor in Fine Arts, he has a Masters in Public Policy and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from the University of Melbourne.
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Ruby Solly is a Kai Tahu writer, musician and music therapist. She has been published in journals such as Landfall, Oscen, Minarets, and Starling amongst others. She has recently written her first short film, ‘Super Special’ which has been released by Someday Stories. Ruby will be reading and performing at Litcrawl as part of ‘The Savage Eye’ and ‘Purākau’.
Our class was the safest place in the world. Our class had a person from every iwi. Our class was the United Nations of Aotearoa. Our class was selected to have a visiting masters student from the university of California. She was twentyone, blonde, and the colour of teeth.
When she came in the sun came out. She was warm, she wore Nikes and clothes from shops we had only seen in movies. She gave one of the girls her old target top, she wore it to every mufti day. Pushing her chest out, waiting for the arrow.
One of our friends was going to have a baby, sometimes we would feel it kicking. Swimming like an eel under the skin, a small hand pressing up at the surface, with miniature strength. At the start they were angry, but then they were caring. We were in a nest made from our own feathers. Hidden tree top and safe from all but the wind. She helped us think of names, Rose for her mother maybe, joking to name it after her. But those sounds fell off the tongue, for Mummy’s little tuna. Too strong for a flower that could be crushed in the hand.
She knew about our families, she asked about our mothers, our fathers, painted us a picture of the mid west. How warm she would be in her bed at night. Everyone gathering for Christmas. Thanksgiving as a white circle drawn around a spread that was just for them, to be thankful.
She told us about the convenience of a mega nation. The 24/7 neon mapping, the food that never spoilt. The extravagant parties with red cups in every hand. Driving across the oceanless expanse to hear people scream into microphones and ride across waves of people, with fingers waving like seafoam, breakers brushing jeans and leather.
We showed her how to sing from the ground up. What leaves to boil on the stove for a headache. How to call the fantails to her feet. Taught her the subtext of red. Gave her a mountain, bathed with her in the river. Straight from school in our uniforms, our skirts billowing out like flowers opening into the current. Taught her to swim not sink.
We didn’t want her to go. We wanted her to stay to meet the eel. We wanted her to stay for Christmas. But she had to go, she had work to do. Before she left she stood at the front of the room and told us that she was going to ask us some questions. We didn’t have to answer she said. But she was such a nice girl, such a nice girl. We were told to raise our hands if, we’d ever smoked, hands shot up without shame. Then again, if we’d drunk, hands shot up again. If we’d taken drugs hands up,slower. If we had a parent in prison. If we’d sold drugs. If we’d had sex, At age 16? 15? 14? 13? 12? 11?
Then I saw her phone flashing red, the one subtext I wasn’t aware of. Snuck back into her pocket. Her eyes wide and smiling, but her lip curled and solemn. We did not say goodbye
A month later we received a large box. We circled around it, box cutter out and eager. Shaking it to hear crinkling and soft weights moving. Cutting through we find a box of twinkies. Sickly sweet sponge, light and without substance. There is a note from her saying thank you, telling us that she is off to visit aboriginal teenagers,
then back to American to repeat the pattern with native Americans. There is enough for one Twinkie each. We sit and eat them in silence, the sounds of our recorded laughs ringing in my ears, louder and louder with each bite.
Where I grew up, we would always be nervous before hunting season. our swampy backyards beginning to grow cold again, falling leaves, falling feathers and the sound of booming.
Once I was hanging clothes on the line, by the edge of a still swamp When I heard a shot I looked at the towel next to me, and saw a whole straight through the centre of its pink cloth.
Once I was alone by the river, When a shot echoed back and forth across its bed. as I looked around me, I had no idea where it was coming from. I had no idea where was safe so I threw my body on the stones and pressed it down and down and down.
Once I was in a paddock full of horses, with big breeding mares enjoying a season of being empty. When the shots came, they were young and frightened again. Rapids of hair and hooves crashing around me. While i stood frozen in place.
My father taught me a call that sounded like no other bird. A high pitched descent that could echo off hills so far away that you couldn’t see them. He said that until June was over, whenever I walked into a wide open space to call so the hunters would know I was there.
The sound clip plays chatter static, then what they call a sound bomb. a bucket of white noise Across shots of surburbia. A noise bomb is usually used to distribute crowds, like a wArning call is used to distribute hunters. Behind the white washing, two teenagers are shot. They were walking, then they were running, then they weren’t at all.
The gun used was commonly used to kill dogs before going in to attack those the dogs were protecting. A silencer attached. But if you tell a child you do not want them to grow, in a small voice it is just as terrifying. Maybe it is more terrifying, because the people around the child cannot hear how the child is being spoken too. They will think the child is crying wolf, The prosecution asks if they are now on trial for animal cruelty. But no animals were harmed in the death of children.
The hunters where I am from don’t use silencers because they have nothing to hide. They want everyone to hear that they are hunters. They want to crack the sound barrier, Fracture it’s crust with their bullets. Let the sound rain down and its streams trickle all the way back to our houses.
Where you’re from, they can decide that a rubber coated bullet break the sound barrier. Where I’m from, to call out to hunters would ensure I wouldn’t be shot Where you’re from, to call out to hunters is to ensure you would be. It all depends on who is being hunted, and who is caught in the cross fire, with their voice cut out.
The ear is filled with tiny bones. The frame of a hall, waiting for singing, for first dances and rights of passage. The walls are drum skin, stretched soft, painted with ochre veins spreading,roots going down, Branches going up up and away.
The hall has a stream running through its centre, a shiny liquid that sings. Vibrating the walls in a low hum that feeds each need in turn. The crackle of the frying pan, the bubble of the Pot. The hall is hidden in a circle of dark forest. Of snakes and skin, of grasses and white woods bleeding sap. The smell of the lungs clearing, the sound of the cough.
Growth is the movement of small beings. Lying in a dry forest, listening to the songs of the river sing, teaching the tune to each fibre of your body. You call and it responds, Climbing the nerves like electric vines until your whole body is a giant aerial, picking up the sounds of the world, swirling them around in you, and pushing them back out.
The voice of the stream is no longer clear. It pushes a dark yellow song through the hall, the sound of people trying to together from different rooms. Translations lost within a single language. P and B swapping places and T drowning itself in water thicker than syrup. The river is not moving. It is an empty sound of screaming with your mouth closed. It is a smell of burning sugar and red flesh. It is the slow unbecoming of the self.
The critical deficit story is being told to a hall who cannot hear it. The critical deficit story is being poked and prodded. The critical deficit story is telling the singing river that it is disgusting. The critical deficit story is telling the T, P and B that you might as well stop trying. When the bones start to melt, there is no stream to sing for them. When the walls of the hall burst, there is no frame to hold them. If the white coat calls the brown child disgusting, if they don’t hear it did it even happen? if they don’t hear an old language, will they still learn to sing it? Go and ask the hall, go and ask the bones. Go and ask them, before they melt.