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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.

staff

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.

board

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.

technical

Charlie Freedman
VIDEOGRAPHER
Keelan O’Hehir
PHOTOGRAPHER
Benjamin Portas
MOTION DESIGNER
Jacqui Shelton
PHOTOGRAPHER
Lauren Squire
SOUND ENGINEER
Josh Watson
VIDEOGRAPHER
Public Office
GRAPHIC DESIGN and DEVELOPMENT

comrade

Elena Betros
Clare Cooper
Asher Elazary
Nathan Gray
Jason Heller
Anabelle Lacroix
Paris Lettau
Sarah Mccauley
Dr James Parker
Mino Peric
Anatol Pitt
Jessica Row
Emily Siddons
Sezzo Snot
Beth Sometimes
Mathew Spisbah
Cara Stewart
Darcy Wedd
Makeda Zucco
Ece Yavuz

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Events

PRECOG

exploring non cognitive modes of understanding and saluting the magic and mythology of the club
The Tote
71 Johnston St
Collingwood
VIC
3PM-1AM
$23 / $28 + bf

Tickets

(Ritual Community Music)

Naarm-based DJ/artists Sezzo and Makeda Zucco are interested in the history of experimental dance music as a basis for revolution. From techno to house, disco to garage, jungle to hip-hop, each genre began as a form of expression for the marginalised.

The club can be viewed as a type of social experiment – a Utopian testing ground for the celebration of individuality and togetherness in coexistence. Club dancing tends to be intuitive and spontaneous, and its appeal to the oppressed lies in its being socially created without reference to external authority.

Melbourne’s iconic Tote Hotel will be transformed into PRECOG, a dance party where invited artists combine electronic music, sound art, performance and installation, that foreground non-cognitive modes of understanding beyond Western coloniser logic.

Curated by SEZZO SNOT
Produced by Makeda with MATKA and Hannah Donnelly

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Club Theory: two recombinant texts on the impossible space between theory + experience

It is easy to see why early dance music theorists saw the club as a utopian space. Clubbing looks like a metaphor for what is possible when we are with and responding to others while being totally ourselves: a communal celebration of each person’s desires and actions. But the Afrofuturist theories we use to frame the revolutionary potential of early genres of dance music like Chicago house, Detroit techno, and jungle have not lead to the free worlds they predicted. Apart from the persistence of post-colonial material inequality, each of these styles originating from marginalised, queer people of colour have been transformed into scenes dominated by white ‘bro-ppressors.’ Further, queerness is a coveted aesthetic, detached from its history as a hard-won political category and reconstituted as a club look. — DJ Sezzo Snot & Sally Olds, read the full essay on AQNB

Image by Claudia Greathead, ‘Boys pose with Renaissance statue’ (2015). Courtesy the artist.

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.

A [Next Wave](http://nextwave.org.au/) x Liquid Architecture co-commission in partnership with The Tote, PRECOG is presented by Next Wave Festival 2018.

Partners

Supporters

Artists

Amrita Hepi

probing ideas of authenticity, the perpetuation of culture, tradition, and a ‘decolonial imagination’ - and questioning where this now resides.

Angela Goh

'Predictable Dances' is an ongoing project where for each performance Angela engages the services of a psychic to predict what will happen during the performance.

Bobuq

encapsulating concepts of community-building, agitation, and the intersections of queerness, transness and Islam.

Brian Fuata x Enderie

dead-pan humour + conceptualised kinetic works

Claudia Nicholson

straddling and celebrating contrasting cultures, popular and ancient.

DJ Deeluscious

reclaiming your voice under oppression and capitalism.

Faene (Corin x Ju Ca)

Through non-verbal, alternate methods of expression, there is the capacity for ambient sound to further sculpt the presence of space by amplifying the experience of listening, so it is unavoidably present.

Girlzone

A squad of five young girls from the Fitzroy Clubhouse bursting with energy, confidence and fire. Best friends for as long as they can remember, they rap and sing about their lives and their future ambitions, covering everything from basketball to world domination.

Hannah Brontë

Hannah Brontë's practice explores female and indigenous empowerment. Her work is heavily influenced by rap, spoken word, and further focuses on the language of pop culture.

Klein

Making folklore out of reality TV

Lady Erica

Australia's first lady of garage, grime and bass.

Larrie

holding down the coveted 1-3AM Saturday residency at Melbourne's Laundry.

Leila El Rayes x Poison

examining the idea of being dissolved into a predetermined culture, exploring and reacting to exoticistation and otherness.

Lucreccia Quintanilla

multidisciplinary artist, writer and sometimes DJ

Matka

blend of rap and hip hop with bass music, world rhythms and thumping club tracks.

Sezzo Snot

Straight-talking, deck-spinning, hostess-provocateur

Sovereign Trax

decolonises the party with tracks from First Nations musicians and producers who are “experimenting across genres and spitting heavy truths”.

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