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.
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The Instrument Builders Project Kyoto: Circulating Echo
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 theinstrumentbuildersproject.com
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
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 PROJECTS est. 2013
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 
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 
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 
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 theinstrumentbuildersproject.com
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
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