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.
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Mangrove, Casuarina, Cotton Tree, Palm
135 Bundall Rd
Surfers Paradise, QLD
The Gold Coast is home many different plants which thrive in the unlikely environment of saltwater ecosystems. Mangrove communities support millions upon millions of lives. Casuarinas – also called she-oaks – spread their needle-shaped scale-leaves in a fine carpet to smother other vegetation, vitally supporting the healthy balance of wetlands by keeping other plant encroachment in check. She-oak nuts are also a favoured food for wayilahr, black cockatoos. Cotton trees – beach hibiscus – also grow in the intertidal zone, where their bark has traditionally been used for string, their roots brace sandbanks together and their canopy shields and protects saltwater worlds. Palm trees are another liminal species, symbolising Coastal dreams of subtropical paradise and waterfront property ownership, and also the eviction of old, unruly gardens for an aspirational aesthetic of manicured shadelessness.
Far from being silenced, these quintessentially Gold Coast plants are actually very vocal, speak to systems beyond botany – wider ecologies and narrower economies – acting as symbols to spark our dialogues about plant-human relations on the Glitter Strip. Through a series of co-operative performances, open conversations and tea-drinking, this program of plant-listening unfolds over an afternoon at Home of the Arts.
Glenda Nalder, who is a Ngugi person of the Gold Coast, will speak about plants within indigenous perspectives and philosophy with a special focus on the plants of Quandamooka.
Libby Harward, who is a Ngugi woman from the Quandamooka, will give an artist talk and read Oodgeroo Noonuccal's Talwalpin and Kowinka (Cotton-Tree and Red Mangrove). Later Libby will lead a canoe listening tour with LA’s Danni Zuvela, through sites of occupation and botanical subjectivities.
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’s response to Monica’s book will take the form of a virtual reality installation and mobile application which will enable participants to listen to listen to a variety of native and introduced species within the Home of the Arts parkland surrounds, including Moreton Bay fig trees, Chinese elms, and grey mangroves on the riverbank. Leah will lead a listening walk to listen to a significant tree on the grounds.
David Spooner’s queering of plant discourse will deploy 'plant drag' to consider dominating environments; vegetal-human abundance; visibility, audibility and masculinity; and what it might mean to grow in the wrong context, or flourish in balance.
Mutual Making (Caitlin Franzmann and Dhana Merritt) will generate a space for plant thinking, tea-drinking and divination.
Artist and seed enthusiast Sophie Munns will join them in observing, drawing and drawing out stories of the multidimensional significance of seeds with a workshop on preserving and promoting genetic biodiversity in the face of climate change.
Throughout the day, Tiafau + Will D. Ness will share floating landscapes in sound; vegetal curiosities and audible observations in the canopy.
Refreshments by Mutual Making and Libby Harward, featuring native and local lemon myrtle and seed teas, damper and native honey.
Please wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Thongs and togs and strong paddling arms are recommended for those wishing to join the canoe trip.
This event takes place on the sovereign lands of the Yugambeh people.Curated by co-Artistic Director Danni Zuvela
Creative Producer: Lu Forsberg
Co-presented by Liquid Architecture and HoTA
Supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund