Liquid Architecture

Investigations: Eavesdropping Polythinking Ritual Community Music Why Listen?

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
Joel Stern
Debris Facility
Alisa Blakeney


Danni Zuvela
Mathew Spisbah
Autumn Royal
Edward Beaver
Elena Betros
Clare Cooper
Asher Elazary
Nathan Gray
Jason Heller
Anabelle Lacroix
Paris Lettau
Sarah McCauley
Petina McLaughlin
Dr James Parker
Mino Peric
Anatol Pitt
Jessica Row
Emily Siddons
Sezzo Snot
Beth Sometimes
Cara Stewart
Darcy Wedd
Makeda Zucco
Ece Yavuz
Henry Pyne
Hannah Wu
Mara Schwerdtfeger


Jennifer Barry
Michael Graeve
Kristen Smith
Mark Nolen
David Chesworth
Hannah Fox
Andy Miller
Naomi Velaphi


Atong Atem
Martina Capurso
Bridget Chappell
Charlie Freedman
Keelan O’Hehir
Paul Mylecharane and Matt Lenz (Public Office)
Benjamin Portas
Jacqui Shelton
Lauren Squire


We welcome conversation, ideas and feedback at any time.

104/35 Johnston Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

ABN 73128090237
ASN A0050679K

Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

Liquid Architecture (LA) is committed to protecting the privacy and security of personal information obtained and stored about its audience or clientele, including users of this website.

We understand and appreciate that our audience or clientele and users of this website are concerned about their privacy and the confidentiality and security of any information that may be provided to us.

This policy applies when Liquid Architecture determines what information will be collected or disclosed, or how any information will be processed.

We take a broad understanding of what constitutes ‘personal information’. We understand ‘personal information’ to include any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

Liquid Architecture is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Commonwealth Privacy Act and is compliant with the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012.

We may, from time to time, review and update this Privacy Policy to take account of new laws and technology, changes to Liquid Architecture’s operations and practices and to make sure it remains appropriate to the changing legal environment.


The type of information Liquid Architecture collects and holds includes (but is not limited to) personal information, including sensitive information, about:

  • Contact information including email address, phone number, names, gender, organisation, role.
  • Connection information including linkages and referrals between people.
  • Financial information including amounts paid to LA, donated to LA, or received by LA.
  • When you visit our website, our server maintains an access log that includes the following information: the visitor’s IP address, the date and time of the visit to the site, the pages accessed and documents downloaded, the previous site visited, and the type of browser used.
  • When you visit our website, cookies are stored on your device that provides information to Google Analytics to give us statistical information about our visitors.

LA collects personal information in a variety of different ways depending on the type of contact that is made with the organisation. We collect personal information both from individuals directly and from third parties.

  • Subscribing to LA’s newsletter via the website, in-person or other means
  • Visiting LA’s website
  • Registering for LA’s programs of events (eg. performances, workshops, lectures)
  • Purchasing a ticket for LA’s programs of events via a ticketing system
  • Making an online enquiry
  • Making an individual donation to LA
  • Becoming a sponsor
  • Submitting a proposal to LA
  • Providing written feedback to LA
  • Through agreements with programming partners to add addresses to our mailing lists
  • Images of persons might be collected during documentation of an LA performance
  • If you become a LA Associate, Volunteer or Board Member
    LA may also collect personal information over the phone, in person or by electronic correspondence in order to undertake its regular administrative operations

LA collects personal information in order to service the needs of its staff, audience and partnerships. This information is only used with your consent. Your personal information may be retained and used for the following purposes:

  • To communicate with staff, artists, associates, volunteers, or Board Members
  • For communicating about upcoming programs and services offered by LA and its partners
  • For documenting LA performances and events
  • To communicate to LA audiences on behalf of other arts or government organisations offering information regarding their products
  • For artistic program research and organisational continuous improvement purposes
    All details are kept secure at all times and any individual may request their information is not used for direct marketing, research or any other purpose.

LA will not sell, lend, disclose, or give personal information of its audience or clientele to external individuals or organisations without first obtaining the customer’s consent.
LA may, however, disclose your personal information or financial data (information exchanged in transactions relating to donations, ticket purchasing or any other product sold):

  • To our insurer or legal advisors for the purpose of obtaining insurance coverage, obtaining professional advice, and managing risks.
  • To our payment services providers or financial institutions. LA will share transaction data only to the extent necessary for processing, refunding, or dealing with queries about payments.
  • In a situation where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation that LA is subject to, or in order to protect the vital interests of a person.
    LA will not disclosure personal information to recipients in another jurisdiction unless that jurisdiction has a privacy regime at least as equally protective as Australia. LA will always ask for specific consent before disclosing personal information to a recipient in another jurisdiction.

LA is committed to ensuring all personal information it collects is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, the accuracy of this personal information to a large extent depends on the information provided by its clients. LA asks that all clients:

  • Advise us if you become aware of any errors in your personal information.
  • Advise of any changes in their personal details, such as address, email address and phone number.

At any time, any person has the right:

  • To know what personal information LA holds about them and how it has been used
  • To correct or alter any personal information LA holds about them
  • To have the personal information about them erased
  • To withdraw consent for the collection, retention, disclosure, use or processing of personal information
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The LA website contains links to other sites. LA is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites. LA encourages users when they leave the site to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personal information. This privacy statement applies solely to the activities of LA.

LA operates occasional European artistic programming and partnerships, and complies with the data protection policies required by the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) since 25 May 2018.

LA takes steps to prevent the personal information it holds from misuse, loss, interference or unauthorised access.
LA will also destroy or de-identify personal information when it is no longer needed, or when requested.

If you would like further information about the way Liquid Architecture manages the personal information it holds, please contact LA via

Feedback & Complaints

Feedback & Complaints

Liquid Architecture (LA) is committed to respecting feedback and complaints and continually improving our processes. This policy is intended to ensure that we handle complaints fairly, efficiently and effectively. We encourage feedback as part of improving our audience experience and artistic programming.

You can provide feedback or make a complaint via email via email to

Upon receiving feedback or a complaint, LA will acknowledge receipt of the feedback or complaint; and request further information if necessary and advise how the issue is likely to be resolved.
LA will not respond to feedback or complaints that violate State or Federal laws, or suggest that others do so; contain profane, violent, abusive, sexually explicit language or hate speech; or are bullying, harassing or disruptive in nature.
Where possible, complaints will be resolved at first contact with us. When appropriate we may offer an explanation or apology to the person making the complaint. Where this is not possible, we may decide to escalate the complaint to LA’s CEOs or Board. Where a person making a complaint is dissatisfied with the outcome of our review of their complaint, they may seek an external review of our decision.
We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that people making complaints are not adversely affected because a complaint has been made by them or on their behalf.
All complaints are confidential. We accept anonymous complaints if there is a compelling reason to do so and will carry out a confidential investigation of the issues raised where there is enough information provided.

The time it takes to resolve a matter depends on the issues raised and any enquiries that need to be made. As a guide, LA aims to acknowledge written feedback and complaints within 1 business day of receipt (if an email address or phone number is provided); respond to all written feedback and complaints within 5 business days of receipt.

LA will consider the matter closed if you indicate that you are satisfied with the response, or LA does not hear from you within 10 business days after sending you its response.

If you are dissatisfied with LA’s response you are encouraged to contact LA to request an internal review. You should outline in writing why you are dissatisfied with the response; and the outcome you are seeking. LA will provide a further response within 10 business days of receiving this information.

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of our review of their complaint, you may seek an external review of our decision (by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission for example).
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LA may provide an exchange or refund of a ticket if problems arise before, during or after an event. LA encourages our audience to try to resolve problems as soon as possible after they arise so that we have the best opportunity to find a solution.

Biochrome image by Renata Buziak, collage by Jaye Carcary

A Plant is a Community

A plant knows and makes worlds. It communicates.
Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Mount Coot Tha Rd
Toowong, QLD

When we regard a plant, we usually only see what’s above the surface: stems, trunks, branches, leaves, buds and flowers. But there’s so much more below ground – intricate nets of roots, radicles and fungal bodies through which water, nutrients, knowledge and community flows. Plants are always connected, always talking and listening to each other, even in the most constructed of landscapes. A plant knows and makes worlds; it is always in communication with others. Through root-listening, through practices of sharing words, time - and seeds - can we cultivate a vegetable-based consciousness?


Uncle Des Sandy, who is the senior elder for the Yuggera Nation, will reflect on place and plants in Mt Coot-tha.

Traditional Owner Dr Robert Anderson AOM, Bob Anderson, who is a Ngugi elder, will offer some reflections.

Derek Oram Sandy from Yerongpan dancers will give a short performance.

Dr Glenda Harward-Nalder will talk about the Tradition of walking in the footsteps of Ancestors, and discuss her collaborative project with Libby Harward, Ngugi Bajara (Footsteps).

Libby Harward, who is a Ngugi woman from the Quandamooka, will share findings, analysis and thoughts from her research residency at the Botanical Gardens site. Libby will lead an artist walk to visit her works throughout the Gardens, including a performance at the Tropical Dome. Through her practice of Gangga (a Yugambeh/Bundjalung word that best translates as “to call out and to hear simultaneously”), and Ganggalanji which extends this action to thinking, she will reflects on the colonial practices of planting for a controlled aesthetic, and how it interacts with the inter-relationship of the flora and fauna that already occupies country. It is Libby’s intention to utilise sound and language to understand some things about the interactions and what they might be communicating in an under-heard sovereign dialogue about colonisation, display, danger, and resistance.

Libby and Glenda are descendants of Junobin of Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay), through their Great Grandmother, Rose Gonzales-Campbell, whose Tribal name, Wijumbaregun, relates her to the Black Dolphin. The tribes of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka are known as Yulu-burri-bah – people of the sand and sea places. Mulgumpin and Minjerribah are two of the three largest sand islands in the world.

The world’s leading plant bioacoustic scientist, Monica Gagliano (Perth) will give a reading and thoughts from her latest book, the phyto-biography Thus Spoke the Plant (North Atlantic Books; 2018).

Leah Bar­clay will respond to Monica’s book with a loca­tive sound instal­la­tion explor­ing the acoustic ecol­ogy beneath the sur­face of the soil. Acces­si­ble by mobile devices, the instal­la­tion will include live streams with micro­phones buried (‘planted’) deep in the ground beneath the Botanic Gardens site.

Renata Buziak’s phyto-graphic abstractions will offer alchemical readings making the sign language of plants legible to human perception.

Through­out the day, Mutual Making (Caitlin Franz­mann and Dhana Mer­ritt) will gen­er­ate a space for plant thinking and the cre­ation and shar­ing of plant wisdom and expe­ri­ences over conversation, divination, and tea-drinking.

Michelle Xen with Shane Rudken’s proto-scientific med­i­ta­tion on plant-being stems from inves­ti­gat­ing ampli­fied root sys­tems and native insect sounds. Michelle’s sen­su­ous sonic cam­ou­flage will sym­pa­thet­i­cally sound eco-sexual plant sys­tems via sub­mer­sion in sub­ter­ranean sub­terfuge.

Primitive Motion (Leighton Craig and Sandra Selig) will invite audiences into their sun-drenched secret garden of sound.

Please note: Meet at the Lychee Lawn at 1:00 for 1:30 start. This is a free event. No bookings or reservations are necessary but seating is limited; we recommend you bring a picnic blanket. We walk from Lychee Lawn to the Tropical Dome and back to the Lychee Lawn over the course of the event. The Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens are wheelchair accessible.

This project has been supported by Brisbane City Council’s Creative Sparks program.
Delivered as part of Co-MMotion: Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program 2018.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

A Plant is a Community is curated by Liquid Architecture co-Artistic Director Danni Zuvela, and is a collaboration between Liquid Architecture and people + artist + place (Jenna Green and Marisa Georgiou) and forms part of Liquid Architecture’s investigation, Why Listen to Plants.




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