Liquid Architecture

Investigations: Eavesdropping Machine Listening Polythinking Ritual Community Music Why Listen?

Active since 2000, Liquid Architecture is a Naarm (Melbourne) based organisation supporting experimental, interdisciplinary and critical work addressing sound and listening in context.

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 the traditional owners and sovereign custodians of the land on which we are situated, the peoples of the Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung language groups. We extend our respect to their Ancestors and all First Peoples and Elders past, present, and future.



Andy Miller (Interim Chair)
Naomi Velaphi (Vice Chair)
Mark Nolen (Treasurer)
Leana Papaelia (Secretary)
Monica Lim
Jennifer Barry
David Chesworth
Cat Hope
Danny Butt
(recent alumni) Michael Graeve
(recent alumni) Hannah Fox
(recent alumni) Kristen Smith
(recent alumni) Bebe Backhouse


Georgia Hutchison (Executive Direction, CEO)
Joel Stern (Artistic Direction)
Debris Facility (Education)
Alisa Blakeney (Program)
Liang Luscombe (Publishing and Communication)
Rohan Rebeiro (Concerts)


Danni Zuvela
Mathew Spisbah
Autumn Royal
Nathan Gray
Anabelle Lacroix
James Parker
Sean Dockray
Laura McLean
Mehak Sawney
Xen Nhà
Lana Nguyen


Zenobia Ahmed
Atong Atem
Britt d’Argaville
Bridget Chappell
Dennis Grauel
Jacinta Keefe
Audrey Lam
Matt Lenz
Gian Manik
Alex Margetic
Paul Mylecharane
Keelan O’Hehir
Brennan Olver
Mara Schwerdtfeger
Carmen Sibha-Keiso
Jacqui Shelton
Lauren Squire
Jon Tjhia


We welcome conversation, ideas and feedback at any time.
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Collingwood VIC 3066

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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.

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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.


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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.

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

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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.

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Acoustic Justice

A courtroom is not a gallery
Court 8A, Federal Court
305 William St
Melbourne, VIC
3PM - 5PM

Liquid Architecture and Melbourne Law School present a series of performances, presentations and experiments conducted in Court 8A at the Federal Court Building, Melbourne.

Sean Dockray
Atlanta Eke
Nathan Gray
Grace Koch
Daniel Jenatsch
Philip Morrissey
Sara Ramshaw
Diego Tonus
Tanya Wayne

There is a reason it’s called a hearing. Gavels knock, oaths are sworn, testimony is delivered, judgement pronounced: and all this out loud, viva voce. Contemporary courtrooms are wired for sound. The microphone is becoming a condition of legal practice. Trials are intensely mediated: video-linked, transcribed, recorded, compressed and archived; the judicial soundscape no longer limited to the phenomenological range of those physically present.

Sound is essential to the administration of justice, an inalienable part of our legal worlds. But not just any sound. Listen carefully. What do you hear? To begin with, silence: a powerful quiet. Mobiles are switched off. Conversations whispered. Soundproofing isolates against the volume of daily life. The judicial soundscape depends on and entrenches an association between silence and civility, noise and disorder, with an exceptionally long pedigree in the West and elsewhere. In the courtroom, silence is figured as the proper condition out of which legal discourse emerges.

The opening of proceedings. An aggressive cross-examination. Latinisms. A witness stumbling to make themselves understood. The portentous eloquence of a barrister in closing. In a word, words. Speech, discourse, dialogue. And in court, this speech acts; subtended by the power of the state, the threat of handcuffs and incarceration, a violence that may or may not remain latent but which is required to sustain the operation of law.

A courtroom is not a gallery.

Legal practice is, of course, highly aesthetic and theatrical, yet in its imagined pursuit of justice according to rule and dispassionate reason, the law expends great energy on the denial or repression of this fact. The aesthetic is everything that law, in the West, is not supposed to be. The courtroom and gallery exist in tension: each insisting that they are not the other.

This insistence is our point of departure. Sometimes it is only from the edge that the centre becomes clearly discernible. Precisely by transgressing, over-reaching and extending the ordinary principles of courtroom o/aurality, attention can be drawn to them. They can be made audible, and so susceptible to critique. Then again … What constitutes a transgression when the court is not ‘in session’? When is a courtroom just a room? How much does the courtroom remain one even when it has been offered up as a gallery?


Joel Stern is Artistic Director at Liquid Architecture, an Australian organisation for artists working with sound.

James Parker is a senior lecturer at Melbourne Law School, where he is also director of the research program ‘Law, Sound and the International’ at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities.

Sean Dockray is a Melbourne based artist writer of text and code, founding director of the Los Angeles non-profit Telic Arts Exchange, and initiator of knowledge-sharing platforms, The Public School and Aaaaarg. His work concerns sharing economies and the perpetual present of networked platforms.

Philip Morrissey is a Murri scholar and Academic Coordinator of the Faculty of Arts Australian Indigenous Studies
program at the University of Melbourne. He lectures in Aboriginal cultural studies and Aboriginal writing. He has
published on Aboriginal fine arts, film, literature, governance, sport and the public sphere.

Grace Koch is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University. At Acoustic Justice she will be presenting reflections on her AIATSIS paper “We have the song, so we have the land: song and ceremony as proof of ownership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land claims.”

Nathan Gray is a Berlin-based Australian artist and performer whose work extends from studio and on site experiments. Improvising with the given, the found and the already-made Gray approaches objects and locations as scores for action.

Atlanta Eke is a Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer concerned with dissolving pre-existing perceptions and expectations by changing fixed representations of the body through movement.

Daniel Jenatsch is an artist, composer, musician and performer. He is a member of music group Sky Needle and performance art collective New Forms of Life.

Sara Ramshaw is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria Law School. Her book, Justice as Improvisation: The Law of the Extempore (Routledge, 2013), was nominated for the 2014 Socio-Legal Studies Association Hart Book Prize.

Diego Tonus is an artist living and working in Amsterdam and London. At Acoustic Justice he will be presenting excerpts and images from Processing Authorities, a work in progress that evolves around an anonymous and singular group of hammers owned by the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam.

Tanya Wayne is a doctoral candidate at UNSW’s Forensic Psychology Lab, where she is researching on unfamiliar voice discrimination. At Acoustic Justice she will be conducting voice discrimination experiments on anyone willing and able.

Acoustic Justice is a collaboration between Liquid Architecture and the Melbourne Law School, curated by James Parker and Joel Stern. It is part of a series of events leading up to ‘Eavesdropping’, a major exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, July – October 2018

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Taungurong, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation as the custodians of the land in which this event takes place, and we recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.



Atlanta Eke and Daniel Jenatsch

While we were examining this wonderful new make of organ, the leprous were brought in by her abstractors…

James Parker

James Parker is the Director of a research program on Law, Sound and the International at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH) at Melbourne Law School.

Nathan Gray

Artist Nathan Gray’s recent works use voice as their medium, taking form as lecture-performances, radio-plays and documentaries, DJ sets, narrative and rumour.

Sean Dockray

“There are many conversations that happen on social media that are worth archiving and re-presenting outside of the perpetual present of those platforms. The Facebook timeline is like a broken toilet, constantly flushing. The collective knowledge generated within a status updates that generates hundreds of comments or a particularly active and focused group needs to be rescued from the planned forgetfulness of social media.”


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