Liquid Architecture

Investigations: Eavesdropping Polythinking Ritual Community Music Why Listen?

Plants know worlds, they contain worlds and they make worlds

Liquid Architecture x RMIT Design Hub
Thu, 22. Nov–Sat, 08. Dec 2018
Exhibition, performances, talks, workshops, readings

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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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The Instrument Builders Project Kyoto: Circulating Echo

Kyoto Art Center
Yamabushiyama-cho 546-2
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8156

Instru­ment Builders Project is a forum for exper­i­men­tal work – at the inter­sec­tion of con­tem­po­rary art, sound, music, and per­for­mance – engag­ing artists from Aus­tralia and the Asia-Pacific. Each IBP cul­mi­nates in new and exper­i­men­tal works in the form of ​‘instru­ments’.

Instru­ment Builders Project Kyoto: Cir­cu­lat­ing Echo is the first iteration of the project to be orga­nised in Kyoto, Japan. Over three weeks, artists with diverse prac­tices and cul­tural back­grounds from Indone­sia, Aus­tralia, and Japan will create musi­cal instru­ments while shar­ing the processes of making these devices​. In 2018, par­tic­i­pat­ing artists include Masamitsu Araki, Misbach Daeng Bilok, Caitlin Franzmann, Tomoko Momiyama, Wukir Suryadi, Natasha Tontey and Yuya Tsukahara with practices spanning design, sonic art, and com­mu­nity-based music activ­i­ties, all of which are avant-garde in nature yet also refer to a range of distinctive cultural tra­di­tions.

Building instruments together creates a platform for experimentation and intersections of diverse ideas. How are sound and musi­cal instru­ments cre­ated? And how do these instruments reflect the ideas and perspectives of those who make them and play them, as well as those who listen and experience them?

Visitors are invited to witness these collaborations where experimentation and inspiration is transformed into inventive musical devices. The studio space where the artists share and test out their ideas will be open to the public, with a public program including a work-shop, talk, and a musical performance of these newly created instruments. The sounds created in this project ranging across the oceans from Indonesia and Australia to Japan will form circulating echoes that resonate here in Kyoto. Full program and live documentation via

The Instrument Builders Projectは、インドネシアとオーストラリアのアーティストによる、音や楽器に焦点をあてたコラボレーションプロジェクトとして、2013年からこれまで3回にわたり開催されてきたプロジェクトです。今回は、初めて日本・京都での開催。The Instrument Builders Project Kyoto – Circulating Echo-(ザ・インストゥルメント・ビルダーズ・プロジェクト・キョウト-循環するエコー-) と題し、インドネシア、オーストラリア、日本からアーティストを迎えます。アーティストとしての活動も、文化的バックグラウンドもさまざまなアーティストが、3週間にわたるプロジェクト期間の中で、「楽器を創作する」プロセスを共有しながら、新たな楽器創りに挑戦します。



Public Program パブリックプログラム

Open Studio
Tue, 4. – Sun,16. Sep 2018
The instru­ment-making process is open to the public. Vis­i­tors can observe the artists working collaboratively in the studio space.

Wed, 12. – Mon, 17. Sep 2018
Examples of the instruments created in Kyoto and at previous IBP iterations will be exhibited throughout the Kyoto Art Centre.

Sat, 15. Sep 2018
Caitlin Franz­mann + Mis­bach Daeng Bilok + Tomoko Momiyama

September 15, 2018
Visitors are invited to join the artists in experimenting with different approaches to playing the new instruments, discovering new sounds and techniques.

Sat, 15. Sep 2018
Masamitsu Araki + Natasha Tontey + Yuya Tsuka­hara + Wukir Suryadi

Sun, 16. – Mon 17. Sept 2018
Artists will stage a per­for­mance with their col­lab­o­ra­tively made instru­ments. Vis­i­tors are invited to expe­ri­ence the unique sounds of these one-of-a-kind musi­cal devices. Kazuhisa Uchi­hashi will perform as a special guest among others alongside Instrument Builders Project artists.


Instrument Builders Project was ini­ti­ated in 2013 by Kristi Mon­fries (Vol­canic Winds) and Joel Stern (Oth­er­Film, Liquid Archi­tec­ture) and held three times since with artists from Indonesia and Australia. The project is a collaborative endeavour that focuses on sound and musical instruments. For IBP, artists invent, build, present and per­form using invented ​‘instru­ments’ that mix tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary forms includ­ing sound sculp­ture, instal­la­tion, impro­vi­sa­tion and per­for­mance. IBP cen­tres on a shared res­i­dency model, with an acces­si­ble open studio / work­shop, plus talks and per­for­mances punc­tu­ated by peri­ods of cre­ative free time.

IBP1 at iCAN, Yogyakarta [2013]
Rod Cooper, Dylan Mar­torell, Pia Van Gelder and Michael Candy (Aus­tralia)
Wukir Suryadi, Asep Nata, Ardi Gunawan and Andreas Sia­gian (Indone­sia)

IBP2 at iCAN, Yogyakarta [2014]
Jompet Kuswidananto, Wukir Suryadi, Bagus Pan­dega and Mas Bowo (Indone­sia)
Dale Gorfinkel, Tintin Wulia, Peter Blamey and Caitlin Franz­mann (Aus­tralia)

IBP3 at National Gallery of Vic­to­ria, Melbourne [2014]
Lintang Radittya, Andreas Siagian, Wukir Suryadi, Tintin Wulia (Indonesia)
Peter Blamey, Michael Candy, Caitlin Franzmann, Pia Van Gelder, Dale Gorfinkel, Dylan Martorell (Australia)

In 2015 a commemorative publication was produced, with support from the Australia Indonesia Institute, with commissioned essays and artist pages covering the highlights of the program.

In 2018, IBP will be hosted by Kyoto Art Centre a an open studio with 9 artists (Australia, Indonesia, Japan) occupying KAC studios for 3 weeks – researching, experimenting, conceptualising, building through multiple collaborations and micro-projects. The program includes fieldwork, workshops, concerts, talks and exhibitions throughout the residency period.

The creative outcomes for Instrument Builders Project Japan at Kyoto Art Centre are manifold and consolidate the artistic merit of each methodology: in an exhibition context as sound installation works; in a performance context as unique sonic / musical works and compositions for newly invented instruments; and in a production context as they creation of new ‘sonic objects’ that may be incorporated into other works in the future. Full documentation from past Instrument Builders Project iterations via


Top: Artists working at IBP3 at National Gallery of Victoria, 2014
Bottom: MOS (Mountain Operated Synth), produced for the IBP by Michael Candy, Pia van Gelder and Andreas Siagian, 2014

Instrument Builders Kyoto is organized by Kyoto Art Center; co-curated by Yoko Kawasaki, Mami Katsuya, Joel Stern, Kristi Monfries; and presented by Kyoto Art Centre, Liquid Architecture, The Volcanic Winds Project.

Supported by the Agency of Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018, the Japan Foundation Asia Center Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration, and the Kakehashi Foundation