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.

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:

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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.

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  • Images of persons might be collected during documentation of an LA performance
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At any time, any person has the right:

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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

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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.

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LA2014: Singapore

Liquid Architecture Singapore will feature performances, workshops and talks by Alessandro Bosetti, Emile Zile, Id M Theft Able and Half High alongside works by Singapore-based artists Black Zenith and Adam Marple, Per Magnus Lindborg, Steve Dixon, Joyce Koh and Bani Haykal.
LASALLE College for the Arts, Singapore
all day

For the first time Liquid Architecture will be staging festival programs beyond the borders of Australia. In collaboration with LASALLE College for the Arts and in partnership with The Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Liquid Architecture Singapore will feature performances, workshops and talks by Alessandro Bosetti, Emile Zile, Id M Theft Able and Half High alongside works by Singapore-based artists Black Zenith and Adam Marple, Per Magnus Lindborg, Steve Dixon, Joyce Koh and Bani Haykal.

The program has been curated in partnership with Darren Moore, and the school of music, LASALLE.

Liquid Architecture Lasalle 2014 will consist of a program of lectures, performances, presentations and discussion addressing the theme ‘The Ear is a Brain: Sound Beyond Sound’. The program explores the overlap between the lecture and the ‘sound artwork’ as contingent methodologies. It focuses on the core similarities between the two ‘mediums’, namely the production of a very specific listening subject.

The program will feature ‘traditional’ modes of lecture presentations alongside ‘experimental’ lecture-performances by leading artists who work with sound, language and voice. The curatorial approach is to integrate rather than segregate the two approaches in order to surprise, challenge and confound audience assumptions about ‘how’ we listen to and process different sounds. The festival will also commission a new sound installation work that explores the festivals theme.

Day 1 Friday 10 October 2014 Flexible Performance Space F102 Performances Start time 8pm

Adam Marple/Black Zenith/Andreas Schlagel
Theatre director Adam Marple, audio/visual duo Black Zenith, Andreas Schlagel on visuals and a hand-picked group of Lasalle Theatre Alumni presents Viewpoints, a collaboration that aims to blur the boundaries of performance, sound and visuals through improvisation and non-hierarchical collaboration. Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the post-modern dance world. The Viewpoints allows a group of performers to function together spontaneously and intuitively and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation and strength in movement and makes ensemble playing really possible. At its core it is giving the performer the tools to make choices in time and space.

Idm thefft able
Idm thefft able produces deeply singular experimental music performance primarily using vocals (grunts, screams, tongue-clicks, gurgling, chanting) in combination with sounds summoned from a range of amplified and unamplified objects, bent circuits, homebuilt keyboards and modified tape machines. Theftable’s approach to audio composition has been described as “available-ist” and “noise comedy”.

Emile Zile
Emile Zile detourns everyday social media and search tools in dynamic live performances that offer new perspectives on these ready-to-hand tools, and the subtle ways these might condition contemporary experience.

Half High
Half High, the Sydney based duo of Lucy Phelan and Matthew P. Hopkins, will present a new live audio-visual performance for the Singapore leg of Liquid Architecture titled Shapeless Advice. This performance will follow from previous performances that incorporate video backdrops, lights, objects, and improvised sound such as ‘Calling Nina’. Characteristic of Half high’s performances is their ability to steer new age, ambient and transcendental motifs off course towards darker, more damaged and uncertain territories.

Day 2 Friday 11 October 2014 Flexible Performance Space F102 Panel Discussion 5-6pm
The Ear is a Brain: Sound Beyond Sound Co-chaired by Liquid Architecture curators Joel Stern and Danni Zuvela, the panel discussion will explore the 2014 Liquid Architecture theme; The Ear is a Brain: Sound beyond Sound.

Performances Start time 8pm

Alessandro Bosetti
Alessandro Bosetti will present his work Mask Mirror for Liquid Architecture Singapore. Since 2008 Alessandro Bosetti has been developing an instrument and software patch. Live in concert he reorganizes speech for musical purposes with narratives that are about nothing and everything at the same time. With echoes to the baroque clumsiness of the first mechanical calculators by the likes of Gottfried Leibniz and Blaise Pascal, Mask Mirror is guided not by mathematical principles but rather mines the unfolding of language and its meaning in random sequences, built on blocks of different sizes (from phonemes and incidental mouth noises to lexical units and prosodic fragments). Bosetti samples his voice with prerecorded voices in an electronic ventriloquism.

PerMagnus Lindborg
Perceptualising the Climate in Times of Locust Wrath looks at data perceptualisation, specifically, real-time sonification and visualisation of climate records and predictions. Audiovisual perceptualisation offers a way to grasp large processes. Audification compresses time; a week of data can pass by in a second. The climate is rendered as a music, whose form is determined by the data: colour, gesture, timbre, intensity, harmony, hue, luminosity, and space. An example from a recent artwork will be accompanied by a practical demonstration of software for interactive sonification and a general discussion of perceptualisation techniques applied in art and science.

Steve Dixon/Joyce Beethuan Koh
Sonifiying and Dramatising T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ examines the collaborative process in the devising of a multimedia theatre production of T.S. Eliot’s poem ‘The Waste Land’ (1922), and discusses the interactions between its four key modalities • poetic text, live stage performance, complex sound design, and full-length film projection. It particularly focuses on the creation of the sound design for the performance and how this relates to the themes and sensibilities of the poem, its inherent sonorities, and what Eliot called ‘The Music of Poetry’ (1942).

+++ Sound Art Installation Commissioned by Liquid Architecture Singapore Sat 4 Oct – Sun 26
Oct Artist: Bani Haykal Title: Dormant Music + Opening date: Fri 3 Oct, 6.30pm Exhibition period: Sat 4 Oct – Sun 26 Oct Public programmes: Opening hours: 10am – 6pm (except 1.30 – 2.30pm), Tue to Sun Closed on Mon and public holidays Venue: Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Level 1 Free admission

Considering sound as a social object, the project seeks to challenge assumptions about how we listen to and process sound, as well as explore how sound generates certain modes of thinking and behaviour. The exhibition reflects on these ideas, featuring an immersive sound installation by local artist Bani Haykal. Part of an ongoing series, Dormant Music+ uses the gallery as an acoustic chamber to house various de- constructed musical elements that visitors can interact with. By participating in the work, visitors are encouraged to reflect on cultures of listening in Singapore, and how these cultures are dominated by globalised forms of music. Bani Haykal will be joined by Tim O’Dwyer on saxophone and electronics in an interactive pre-show performance with the installation on 10th and 11th October from 7.30-8pm.


  • 10th October at La Salle College
  • 10th October at La Salle College
  • 10th October at La Salle College
  • 10th October at La Salle College
  • 10th October at La Salle College
  • 10th October at La Salle College
  • 10th October at La Salle College
  • 11th October at La Salle College
  • 11th October at La Salle College
  • 11th October at La Salle College
  • Symposium at La Salle College

Alessandro Bosetti

the point at which language becomes music, and at which music becomes a language

id m thffft able

i’d m thfft able, Id M Theft Able, I Dick M The F Table, i dick m the f’table, I Dm Theft Able, i dmth efta blé, i dmth efta ble, I’d M Thfft Able, I’d M Thfft Able, Ib M Theft Adle, Id M, ID M Theft Able, IDM Theft Table, Idm Theftable

Emile Zile

Everyday detournment of social media and search tools in dynamic live performances that offer new perspectives on these ready-to-hand tools, and the subtle ways these might shape or condition our contemporary experience.

Half High

a slightly damaged form of ambience


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