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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

大眾聲音民宅 - 台北場 Social Sound House Taipei

Playing with the sounds of the future before they take place 操弄尚未誕生的未來之聲
SonoLab
4F, No. 16, Lane 10
Xingcheng St
Datong District
Taipei City 103
TAIWAN
2PM - 5PM
FREE

Workshop – Reading Reverse Reverb – Sonolab

Presented by Clare Cooper and Debris Facility Pty Ltd. In a futuring practice, memory and anticipation work side by side. As we engage with the forces of change – political, social, industrial, private or public – the challenge is to politicise our imaginings as we remember and connect with our different pasts. It is in the process of backcasting that we design from the (desired) future scenario to the present day, determining how we measure whether we are heading towards this particular future. For many of us, 30 years is just about the imaginable limits of time. If we can remember (or imagine) life 30 years ago, then we can imagine life in 30 years’ time. In the sonic time of social sound, how will we need to listen in order to deepen our understanding of each other, while holding a space for the unknowable?

The first Taipei workshop will open out from a series of speculative prompts extending from the experience of the Tainan workshop, and conversations with Taipei partners. Through guided activities and invited provocations, participants will experiment with strategies for hearing absent objects and (re)sounding future echoes.

工作坊-閱讀迴響反轉 – SonoLab​興城藝響空間

​主持​

藝術家:Clare Cooper

​(Clare Cooper是活躍於澳洲藝術界的表演者及策劃人,全心全意探索即興表演的社交性,及其激發同感與強烈的信任行為的能力。​)​

在「投射未來」的實踐中,記憶與期待共行。當我們參與政治、社會、工業、私人或公共領域的變革力量時,我們所面臨的挑戰是將我們的記憶與經驗由想像而政治化。這是我們從(預期的)未來情景到現今中的反推過程,以決定如何衡量是否正走向這個特定的未來。對於我們許多人來說,30年是一個可充分想像的時間線軸。如果我們可以記憶(或想像)30年前的生活,我們亦能想像未來的30年。在大眾聲音的聲波中,我們需要如何聆聽來深化對於彼此的認識,卻同時保有未知的空間?

在. ​上一場​.臺南舉辦的工作坊將從「投射未來」概念的語彙展開,由藝術家Clare Cooper本人在聽說駐地期間訪談的在地社群開始發想。用現在(2017年​)作為投射軸心,參與者用時空反轉倒置的假想,投射出多樣合理的未來。本工作坊延續在台南『聽說』空間的工作坊

​內容​,將與台北的參與者共構對談,想像過去與未來的30年(1987解嚴後 至 2047香港失去自治時),以及2017的現在,藝術於社會中可能的聆聽與價值。

Presented in partnership with SoundWatch

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Artists

Betty Apple

desecrating the imaginary historical burden and false symbols of race and history

Acid House

Acid House are an experimental collective based in New Taipei City. Their work encompasses music, performances and experimental conversations within a communal setting.

Clare Cooper

Healing through improvised harp and open heart

Debris Facility

parasitic body corporate

Lacking Sound Festival

not a festival per se; rather, LSF is a regular sound performance event taking place in Taipei.

Nathan Gray

The sound you can hear in your head when you scratch your scalp

Sondes

Tesla coil, home-made electronic instruments and a motion controller, modifying both the sound and light through space and time

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