Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound and listening.
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Archives in Motion
Liquid Architecture’s Jessica Row curates a suite of experimental sonic performances by artists and musicians as part of ‘Archives in Motion’, a day of presentations responding to TarraWarra Museum of Art’s exhibition, ‘TarraWarra International 2017: All that is solid…’
The day begins on a bus that departs Federation Square for TarraWarra. Melbourne’s DJ Sezzo Snot will hijack the vehicle’s sound system to present The Grain in the Stone, an eclectic music set exploring abandoned pasts and imagined futures, framed through the moving panorama of the bus window. Sezzo Snot’s work has emerged as a club DJ who combines social media commentary, philosophy and a strong interest in contemporary art, to engage cultural politics through music.
Following arrival at the museum will be an artists’ panel chaired by TarraWarra Director Victoria Lynn, entitled ‘Archives in the Present’, featuring Tom Nicholson, Patrick Pound and Cyrus Tang. The panel discussion will lead into a literary response to the exhibition by acclaimed novelist Lia Hill, before the sound will disperse to multiple sites.
By TarraWarra’s lake, Melbourne artist Jacqui Shelton’s vocal performance ‘Fermenting’ will be recited via megaphone, towards an imaginary listening subject, an entity encompassing lake, wine, gallery, exhibition, history, and hill. Jacqui says of the work “Today feels like everything is a little slippery, there might be some singing to help remind myself of the words.” Her research driven practice considers the intimacies produced through the encounter of two bodies in conversation, using the potential of spoken word and how this manifests in a body, to think about ways of approaching political and social difference.
Back inside the museum will be the final lecture in the 2017 Writing & Concepts series with Erik Jensen, speaking on the work of writer Kate Jennings in his presentation Picturing Holes.
The second round of performances will begin In the North Gallery of TarraWarra, where Australian / Chilean multimedia artist Bryan Phillips A.K.A Galambo will present new work Torn, an electroacoustic enactment of the torn territories around TarraWarra. Exploring what is lost when land is stripped of its resources, Bryan Phillips’ practice is based in sound-performance and the use of electronic and acoustic material to help imagine connections between peoples and their territories.
Following this, Melbourne artist Geoff Robinson will present ‘Itinerant Sound – All That Is Solid…’, a participatory hand bell performance to create a situation where a concentrated sonic mass disperses through movement. Within a set of physical and instructional boundaries the participant’s decisions through movement will transform the sonic and spatial experience from the directional and contained to the indeterminate and dispersed. Geoff Robinson’s practice creates event-based artworks that explore the relationship between the durational qualities of sound and performance and the spatial conditions of physical sites. To be a part of Geoff’s performance, click here.
And, as a finale, Eric Avery, a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Gumbangirri and Bundjalung man, will use language and violin to express the interconnection of sound and voice to history and back to country in the North Gallery of TarraWarra. Believing in the strength of his people’s art, Eric aims to revitalise aboriginal language in his practice. To speak his ancestors tongue is what Eric describes as being a transformative experience – to hear the different intonations is an inspiration musically and to engage with his language is a continuance of culture.
At 5.15PM, the bus will return you home, to deposit this experience in the archives of your own memory, always in motion.
‘Archives in Motion’, is presented by TarraWarra Museum of Art, in partnership with Liquid Architecture and Writing & Concepts, inspired by the exhibition ‘TarraWarra International 2017: All that is solid…’ curated by Director Victoria Lynn.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.
electronic and acoustic sounds that help imagine the making of communal sonic rituals
The music of our ancestors in lines,
Songs need physical reality
the performance and spatial conditions of physical sites
thinking about mining/”mine”ing.
Straight-talking, deck-spinning, hostess-provocateur
Alice Hui-Sheng Chang
Amanda Stewart and Jim Denley
Anna Homler AKA Breadwoman
Anthony Lyons and Paul Fletcher
Antoinette J. Citizen
Antonia Sellbach with Julie Burleigh and Alison Bolger
Atlanta Eke and Daniel Jenatsch
Beth Sometimes & Caroline Anderson
Bhenji Ra x Del Lumanta x Daryl Prondoso
Black Quantum Futurism
Brian Fuata x Enderie
Bryan Phillips AKA Galambo
COCO SOLID AKA Jess Hansell
Catherine Clover and Peter Knight
Chloe Alison Escott
Christopher LG Hill
Chun Yin Rainbow Chan
Clare Milledge and Tom Smith
Clocks and Clouds
Collingwood College Sound Collective
12 dog cycle
David Shea and Kristi Monfries
Dennis Del Favero
Dirk de Buyn
Sonia Leber and David Chesworth
Eric Demetriou and Herbert Jercher
Evelyn Araluen Corr
Evelyn Ida Morris
Faene (Corin x Ju Ca)
Fayen d’Evie and Jen Bervin with Bryan Phillips and Andy Slater
Feminist Theory Group
Fernando do Campo
Haco and Toshiya Tsunoda
Hannah Catherine Jones AKA Foxy Moron
Harriet Kate Morgan
Hi God People
Hyui Ines Rmi
Rosalind Hall and Dave Brown
Is There A Hotline?
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Dr James Parker
J'Ouvert Ft Makeda and The AM Trio - Ece Yavuz, Alvin Rostant and R
James Utting-Webb and Riley Lockett
Jenny Ruth Barnes
Joanna Anderson & Michael Prior
Johannes S. Sistermanns
Julia Drouhin and Pip Stafford
Anja Kanngieser and Daniel Jenatsch
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Lacking Sound Festival
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Lei Lei Kung
Leila El Rayes
Leila El Rayes x Poison
Lorna & Aunty Jenny Munro
Snack Syndicate (Andrew Brooks and Astrid Lorange)
Joseph Jordania and Nino Tsitsishvili with Melbourne Georgian Choir
M J Grant
Manus Recording Project Collective; Michael Green, André Dao, Jon Tjhia, Abdul Aziz Muhamat, Farhad Bandesh, Behrouz Boochani, Samad Abdul, Shamindan Kanapathi and Kazem Kazemi
Matthew P. Hopkins
Matthew P. Hopkins & Julie Burleigh
Media Lab Melbourne
Megan Alice Clune
Mehera San Roque
Misbach Daeng Bilok
Monica Monin & Astrid Lorange
Nathan John Thompson
Noel Meek and Olivia Webb
Peter Brötzmann and Heather Leigh
Pia Van Gelder
Plants and Animalia (CES and Felicity Mangan)
Poppy de Souza
Queens of the Circulating Library
Romy Seven Fox
Sally Ann McIntyre
Shi Chao Lai
Th Duo Trio
Thanh Hằng Phạm
The Charles Ives Singers
The Donkey's Tail
Ting Shuo Hear Say
Uncle Joe Kirk
Undine Sellbach & Stephen Loo
Ur 1st Luv
Ute Meta Bauer
Will Foster and Sabrina D’Angelo