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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.

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 first sovereign owners of this unceded country. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and becoming.


Joel Stern
CEO / Artistic Director Joel Stern is a curator, researcher, and sound artist, concerned with theories and practices of sound and listening. He is the Artistic Co-Director of Liquid Architecture, a leading Australian organisation that stages encounters and creates spaces for sonic experience and critical reflection on systems of sonic affect, at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music. Stern is part of OtherFilm, an artist collective driven by a central curiosity about the limits of the moving image. He has initiated the experimental residency Instrument Builders Project in 2013. Stern is a PhD candidate in Curatorial Practice at Monash Art, Design and Architecture, where he teaches Sound (in the Space of Art).
Danni Zuvela
CEO / Artistic Director With Joel Stern, Danni is Artistic Director/CEO of Liquid Architecture. Since 2004, Danni has co-directed the artists’ collective OtherFilm (co-founded with Joel Stern [Melbourne] and Sally Golding [London]). In 2013 she joined forces with the Gold Coast-based artist-run gallery The Walls, where worked as the Secretary, Curator and Deputy until 2018. At The Walls, she led programming and strategic initiatives, and she continues to generate socially-engaged experimental projects on the Gold Coast. Danni has an academic background, with a research PhD on experimental film and art history, teaching extensively into her field, and publishing critical writing across a range of publications. Danni’s research informs her curatorial work with interests in feminism, activism, ecology, language and performance.
Georgia Hutchison
General Manager Georgia works across creative disciplines with communities, businesses, cultural institutions and policy-makers. Her education and experience spans arts management; industrial design with a social, sustainable and systemic approach; curatorial and cultural leadership. For the last fifteen years she has worked between universities, studio and non-profit environments—most recently researching artist run economies with All Conference; and communicating the built environment with U-P. As an artist Georgia performs and photographs encounters with material scenarios and social currencies.
Debris Facility
Administrator Debris is a speculative corporate entity working from one human body. The Facility entered into partnership with Liquid Architecture to oversee Administration in 2018 onwards. Participation in events organising alongside practice lead research and exhibition productions pushes Administration into an performative medium. Maintaining an active exhibition profile alongside residencies, teaching, collaborations and contracts, the Facility works to amplify it’s reach through the oscillation of signal to noise ratio’s of im/material contexts of exhibition production, media, performance,wearables, installation and interventions.


Jennifer Barry
CHAIR JENNIFER BARRY has over 25 years’ experience leading arts organisations, managing creative projects, consulting, producing the work of artists nationally and internationally, and curating public programs. Previous positions include: Manager of Public Programs at Federation Square, Executive Director of Shunpike (Seattle), Director/CEO of Footscray Community Arts Centre, Founder/Director of Keep Breathing, and Executive Producer/Co-CEO of Chunky Move, among others. As a consultant, Jennifer’s clients have included the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, the City of Melbourne, the Australian Art Orchestra, and the Australian Network for Art and Technology, among others. She has served on numerous boards and industry panels and is currently Project Director for the Royal Children’s Hospital 150th Anniversary.
David Chesworth
MEMBER 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), ‘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. David teaches Sound (in the space of Art) at Monash Art, Design and Architecture, where he recently completed his doctorate researching sonic framing and temporality with artwork experiences.
Dr Michael Graeve
VICE CHAIR DR. MICHAEL GRAEVE is a sound and visual artist and educator. Michael joined the Liquid Architecture board 10 years ago at the time of incorporation in 2007 and was President and Chair from 2011-2017. Michael has been committed to artist-run culture, developing small arts organisation expertise first as a founding committee member of Grey Area Art Space Inc (1996 -1999) and then as board member and program manager at West Space Inc (2000 – 2004). He exhibits, performs, curates and teaches internationally and teaches in the Sound, Sculpture and Spatial Practice Department, Expanded Studio Practice, Honours and the MFA Program at RMIT University, and has previously taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Monash University, The Victorian College of the Arts and Victoria University.
Andy Miller
MEMBER 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.
Phip Murray
MEMBER PHIP MURRAY is an independent writer and curator, and a part-time academic in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT where she lectures in the history/theory of art, design and architecture. Phip was Director of West Space from 2008–2012 and, prior to that, an Associate Producer for the Next Wave Festival. Phip has a particular interest in interdisciplinary art practice, and has curated projects such as Time Has Come Today, a program exploring sound, moving image and performance projects (West Space, 2012) and Tyger, Tyger, a new commissions series including projects by Philip Brophy, Constanze Zikos, David Chesworth, and Juan Davila (West Space, 2011-2012).
Mark Nolen
TREASURER 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.
Kristen Smith
MEMBER KRISTEN SMITH is a legal practitioner 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, IMF Bentham, 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 a member of the M.E.S.S advisory board.


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Freedom As _____
Percy Grainger

From Wentworth to know-your-worth: desires are indulged through our freedoms, but how enjoyable, or emancipated, is a freedom that is always already dictated?
Grainger Museum, Melbourne
13 Royal Parade, Parkville
6PM - 10PM

‘Freedom’ is to choose without the choice to not choose.

Fundamentally, freedom is the condition of being free. It may be seen as a duality between oppression and the oppressed. Here, freedom is observable as curtailment, limit, restriction; a matter of presence and absence.

Freedom may also be possessed through acts of self-agency. At times there are triumphant moments when it appears the oppressor has become the suppressed. Uncovered, the mouth speaks, revealing that it was there all along. Now, freedom begins to appear obtainable through assertion, interference, deviation.

Yet these variances of freedom become confused in the face of one’s own freedom. How do we separate an act of freedom from an act of self-interest? From Wentworth to know-your-worth: desires are indulged through our freedoms, but how enjoyable, or emancipated, is a freedom that is always already dictated?

Musically, freedom may be observed in multiple ways; through the relationship between conductor and performer, the act of free improvisation as self-expression, and the agency of performance transformed into musical forms of self-interest.

This program takes as its point of departure the music and ideas of autodidactic Australian composer and polymath Percy Grainger, specifically his sense of ‘freedom’ expressed in the works and experiments that he called free music. In a series of specially commissioned performances utilising Grainger’s recently rebuilt free music ‘machines’ a group of artists and musicians offer their own multifaceted readings of Grainger’s ‘freedom’, inviting the audience to consider what the term might signify today.

Eric Demetriou & Herbert Jercher

HJ: ‘The real thing that has interested me during my time as an arts practitioner is to feel the essence of each discipline during the time of engagement. My kinesthetic sense, informed by my proprioceptive awareness, enables me the freedom to play during a performance. Natural and artificial design constraints influence my choice of adaptive strategies whilst interacting with semiotic elements during a performance.

A point of readiness exists when Eric and I engage in sound art. This in situ performance artwork is the culmination of progressive authorship, collated by institutions and individuals who have generously passed on their acquisitions, now evident in our current expressions of interest’.

Eric Demetriou completed a Masters of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013 and is a current artist in residence at Gertrude Contemporary. Recent solo exhibitions include: Sanaterrarium: performance art festival for frogs and crickets, Gertrude Glasshouse Gallery, (2017); An Afternoon with Herb Jercher, Lindberg Galleries (2016); Four minutes and thirty-three seconds in cat years, TCB Art inc (2015), and Flee Flu, West Space, (2014). Demetriou is an active member of Melbourne groups TBP, Germlock, and frequent collaborator with sound artist and whip cracker, Herbert Jercher.

Herbert Jercher is a sound artist and pioneer in the design of sound sculptures, installations and acoustic systems. His works embrace a wide range of contexts and needs, whether for school or community playground, foyers and atriums of shopping centres or hotels, the home garden, a city, street performance or museum courtyard. His works are environmentally friendly as well as fun to play and listen to.

Eric Demetriou and Herbert Jercher, collaborate in a sonic exploration of the Australian art of whip cracking; performing improvised music with various Australian stock whips, beat frequencies and drum implosions.

Antonia Sellbach with Julie Burleigh & Alison Bolger

AS: ‘The origin of these three scores began with the letters of Percy Grainger. I was interested in taking something literal, like a typed letter and re-coding it into a series of coloured dots and dashes. This process of redaction freed the words from their literal reading, and in turn linked them to abstraction – something very much entangled within language and communication. The act of redaction has historically had more associations with censorship than freedom and yet the interpretation of a letter, its punctuation and words into a new language of dots and dashes and then again into music, contains a multitude of new freedoms that also align with Grainger’s concept of free music.’

Antonia Sellbach is a Melbourne-based artist. Her work explores abstraction in relation to thought, sensation and serial decision-making. Often modular in nature, Sellbach’s paintings and sculptures create partitions and parts, sets and versions, work made to be configured and reconfigured. Sellbach has exhibited widely and her work is held in private collections, both within Australia and internationally. Her work has appeared in magazines and journals including Primer, Est and Vogue Italia. Sellbach is currently completing a PhD exploring the connections between Wittgenstein’s concept of Language Games and Contemporary Abstraction.

Antonia Sellbach is also a musician with Melbourne bands Love of Diagrams and Beaches. Sellbach is also a founding member of LISTEN, a feminist collective that seeks to gain further visibility for women within the Australian Music Underground. She is currently a lecturer at Melbourne Polytechnic in Creative Arts.

Julie Burleigh is an ex-People Person and ex-The French. Occasional recorder session muso with bands (Beaches, Free Time, The Ancients). Burleigh has played solo on and off for many years, utilising op-shop keyboard, guitar pedals, loop pedals and recorder.

Alison Bolger is a Melbourne-based musician. She is a founding member of Beaches, Panel of Judges, Clag and was a longstanding member of Sleepy Township. Alison has played in improvised sound ensembles such as Hi God People, Exhaustion and Actual Holes. She has recently performed solo shows and produced recordings under the moniker of Heavy Epic.

Is There A Hotline?

Avid ‘flow’ practitioners and DIY enthusiasts Jen Tait and Jen Callaway call out to the cosmos using an assemblage of percussive objects and electronica, evoking transportive atmosphere, psychic storms and quiet retreats.

Is There A Hotline? will incorporate Grainger’s concepts of musical scale freedom (microtonal and free flowing pitch intervals), automation (via electronic looping and self-composing ornamentation), as well as distinctively embellished practical clothing design. A transcendent stargazing waltz and audience stimulation via Grainger-styled devices may also feature.

A project curated by Mino Peric for Liquid Architecture, Grainger Museum and VCA & MCM for Nite Art 2017.

The Grainger Free Music Instruments used in these performances were produced by artist Michael Candy and musician and composer Rosalind Hall as part of ‘Experiments in Freedom’ in 2016.



Anthony Lyons and Paul Fletcher

freedom lying between or beyond tempered notes, rational rhythms and traditional instrumental forms

Antonia Sellbach with Julie Burleigh and Alison Bolger

The process of redaction freed the words from their literal reading

Eric Demetriou and Herbert Jercher

the sonic exploration of the Australian art of whip cracking

Is There A Hotline?

assemblage of percussive objects and electronica, evoking transportive atmosphere, psychic storms and quiet retreats

Mark Pollard

reconstructing mercury