Liquid Architecture

Investigations: Eavesdropping Machine Listening Polythinking Ritual Community Music Why Listen?

Active since 2000, Liquid Architecture is a Naarm (Melbourne) based organisation supporting experimental, interdisciplinary and critical work addressing sound and listening in context.

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 the traditional owners and sovereign custodians of the land on which we are situated, the peoples of the Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung language groups. We extend our respect to their Ancestors and all First Peoples and Elders past, present, and future.



Andy Miller (Interim Chair)
Naomi Velaphi (Vice Chair)
Mark Nolen (Treasurer)
Leana Papaelia (Secretary)
Monica Lim
Jennifer Barry
David Chesworth
Cat Hope
Danny Butt
(recent alumni) Michael Graeve
(recent alumni) Hannah Fox
(recent alumni) Kristen Smith
(recent alumni) Bebe Backhouse


Georgia Hutchison (Executive Direction, CEO)
Joel Stern (Artistic Direction)
Debris Facility (Education)
Alisa Blakeney (Program)
Liang Luscombe (Publishing and Communication)
Rohan Rebeiro (Concerts)


Danni Zuvela
Mathew Spisbah
Autumn Royal
Nathan Gray
Anabelle Lacroix
James Parker
Sean Dockray
Laura McLean
Mehak Sawney
Xen Nhà
Lana Nguyen


Zenobia Ahmed
Atong Atem
Britt d’Argaville
Bridget Chappell
Dennis Grauel
Jacinta Keefe
Audrey Lam
Matt Lenz
Gian Manik
Alex Margetic
Paul Mylecharane
Keelan O’Hehir
Brennan Olver
Mara Schwerdtfeger
Carmen Sibha-Keiso
Jacqui Shelton
Lauren Squire
Jon Tjhia


We welcome conversation, ideas and feedback at any time.
Journal, Podcast

104/35 Johnston Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

ABN 73128090237
ASN A0050679K

Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

Liquid Architecture (LA) is committed to protecting the privacy and security of personal information obtained and stored about its audience or clientele, including users of this website.

We understand and appreciate that our audience or clientele and users of this website are concerned about their privacy and the confidentiality and security of any information that may be provided to us.

This policy applies when Liquid Architecture determines what information will be collected or disclosed, or how any information will be processed.

We take a broad understanding of what constitutes ‘personal information’. We understand ‘personal information’ to include any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

Liquid Architecture is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Commonwealth Privacy Act and is compliant with the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012.

We may, from time to time, review and update this Privacy Policy to take account of new laws and technology, changes to Liquid Architecture’s operations and practices and to make sure it remains appropriate to the changing legal environment.


The type of information Liquid Architecture collects and holds includes (but is not limited to) personal information, including sensitive information, about:

  • Contact information including email address, phone number, names, gender, organisation, role.
  • Connection information including linkages and referrals between people.
  • Financial information including amounts paid to LA, donated to LA, or received by LA.
  • When you visit our website, our server maintains an access log that includes the following information: the visitor’s IP address, the date and time of the visit to the site, the pages accessed and documents downloaded, the previous site visited, and the type of browser used.
  • When you visit our website, cookies are stored on your device that provides information to Google Analytics to give us statistical information about our visitors.

LA collects personal information in a variety of different ways depending on the type of contact that is made with the organisation. We collect personal information both from individuals directly and from third parties.

  • Subscribing to LA’s newsletter via the website, in-person or other means
  • Visiting LA’s website
  • Registering for LA’s programs of events (eg. performances, workshops, lectures)
  • Purchasing a ticket for LA’s programs of events via a ticketing system
  • Making an online enquiry
  • Making an individual donation to LA
  • Becoming a sponsor
  • Submitting a proposal to LA
  • Providing written feedback to LA
  • Through agreements with programming partners to add addresses to our mailing lists
  • Images of persons might be collected during documentation of an LA performance
  • If you become a LA Associate, Volunteer or Board Member
    LA may also collect personal information over the phone, in person or by electronic correspondence in order to undertake its regular administrative operations

LA collects personal information in order to service the needs of its staff, audience and partnerships. This information is only used with your consent. Your personal information may be retained and used for the following purposes:

  • To communicate with staff, artists, associates, volunteers, or Board Members
  • For communicating about upcoming programs and services offered by LA and its partners
  • For documenting LA performances and events
  • To communicate to LA audiences on behalf of other arts or government organisations offering information regarding their products
  • For artistic program research and organisational continuous improvement purposes
    All details are kept secure at all times and any individual may request their information is not used for direct marketing, research or any other purpose.

LA will not sell, lend, disclose, or give personal information of its audience or clientele to external individuals or organisations without first obtaining the customer’s consent.
LA may, however, disclose your personal information or financial data (information exchanged in transactions relating to donations, ticket purchasing or any other product sold):

  • To our insurer or legal advisors for the purpose of obtaining insurance coverage, obtaining professional advice, and managing risks.
  • To our payment services providers or financial institutions. LA will share transaction data only to the extent necessary for processing, refunding, or dealing with queries about payments.
  • In a situation where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation that LA is subject to, or in order to protect the vital interests of a person.
    LA will not disclosure personal information to recipients in another jurisdiction unless that jurisdiction has a privacy regime at least as equally protective as Australia. LA will always ask for specific consent before disclosing personal information to a recipient in another jurisdiction.

LA is committed to ensuring all personal information it collects is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, the accuracy of this personal information to a large extent depends on the information provided by its clients. LA asks that all clients:

  • Advise us if you become aware of any errors in your personal information.
  • Advise of any changes in their personal details, such as address, email address and phone number.

At any time, any person has the right:

  • To know what personal information LA holds about them and how it has been used
  • To correct or alter any personal information LA holds about them
  • To have the personal information about them erased
  • To withdraw consent for the collection, retention, disclosure, use or processing of personal information
  • To make a request or inquiry, write to

The LA website contains links to other sites. LA is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites. LA encourages users when they leave the site to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personal information. This privacy statement applies solely to the activities of LA.

LA operates occasional European artistic programming and partnerships, and complies with the data protection policies required by the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) since 25 May 2018.

LA takes steps to prevent the personal information it holds from misuse, loss, interference or unauthorised access.
LA will also destroy or de-identify personal information when it is no longer needed, or when requested.

If you would like further information about the way Liquid Architecture manages the personal information it holds, please contact LA via

Feedback & Complaints

Feedback & Complaints

Liquid Architecture (LA) is committed to respecting feedback and complaints and continually improving our processes. This policy is intended to ensure that we handle complaints fairly, efficiently and effectively. We encourage feedback as part of improving our audience experience and artistic programming.

You can provide feedback or make a complaint via email via email to

Upon receiving feedback or a complaint, LA will acknowledge receipt of the feedback or complaint; and request further information if necessary and advise how the issue is likely to be resolved.
LA will not respond to feedback or complaints that violate State or Federal laws, or suggest that others do so; contain profane, violent, abusive, sexually explicit language or hate speech; or are bullying, harassing or disruptive in nature.
Where possible, complaints will be resolved at first contact with us. When appropriate we may offer an explanation or apology to the person making the complaint. Where this is not possible, we may decide to escalate the complaint to LA’s CEOs or Board. Where a person making a complaint is dissatisfied with the outcome of our review of their complaint, they may seek an external review of our decision.
We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that people making complaints are not adversely affected because a complaint has been made by them or on their behalf.
All complaints are confidential. We accept anonymous complaints if there is a compelling reason to do so and will carry out a confidential investigation of the issues raised where there is enough information provided.

The time it takes to resolve a matter depends on the issues raised and any enquiries that need to be made. As a guide, LA aims to acknowledge written feedback and complaints within 1 business day of receipt (if an email address or phone number is provided); respond to all written feedback and complaints within 5 business days of receipt.

LA will consider the matter closed if you indicate that you are satisfied with the response, or LA does not hear from you within 10 business days after sending you its response.

If you are dissatisfied with LA’s response you are encouraged to contact LA to request an internal review. You should outline in writing why you are dissatisfied with the response; and the outcome you are seeking. LA will provide a further response within 10 business days of receiving this information.

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of our review of their complaint, you may seek an external review of our decision (by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission for example).
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LA may provide an exchange or refund of a ticket if problems arise before, during or after an event. LA encourages our audience to try to resolve problems as soon as possible after they arise so that we have the best opportunity to find a solution.


Two Party State

Outcome 1 -- A deliberation on the existence of video and/or sound art as legitimately extant modalities for contemporary art-making/partying
Schoolhouse Studios
81 Rupert St,
Collingwood VIC


ANNOUNCING: Liquid Architecture and Channels form a coalition with a mandate to party on September 26 at a summit at Schoolhouse Studios.

Estimates SATURDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2015, 8:00pm-Midnight

Members in attendance:

The Hon Jennifer Walshe (Ireland), Milker Corporation, Central Authority
Mr Basic House (United Kingdom), Opal Tapes, Director-General
Sir Thomas William Smith (Australia), Strategic Policy and Coordination Group

Mayor Kate Geck (Australia) Future Visions and Communication
The Hon. Zoe Scoglio (Australia) Temporary Ambassador of Deep-Time
Sarah Byrne, AO (Australia) Cultural Prosperity Division
Siying Zhou and Steven Rhall (Australia) Ministry for Natural Endowment
David Brazier and Kelda Free (Australia) National Border Consultants
Dr. Daniel McKewen (Australia) Economic Affairs
Lady Sabina Maselli, Judith Hamann and Adele Wilkes (Australia) Ministry for Interior-Exterior Relations

Lord Joel Stern (Australia), Liquid Architecture, National Emergency Management
Princess Danni Zuvela (Australia), Liquid Architecture, Special Advisor to the President
Dame Anabelle Lacroix (France/Australia), Liquid Architecture, Transnational Cooperation

Lady Nikki Lam (Australia) Director, National Policy and Capability
Professor Anita Spooner (Australia) Executive Director Operations
Dr Melissa Edwards (Australia) Crisis Coordination

Outcome 1 — A deliberation on the existence of video and/or sound art as legitimately extant modalities for contemporary art-making/partying

Outcome 2 — A deliberation on the feasibility of such, with regard to the generation of a united cooperation in the form of a jointly-operated event (hereafter, “The Party”).

ACTING CHAIR: I will call the committee to order and I will call on Lord Stern to make an opening statement.

Senator Joel Stern: Yes. With reference to Outcome 1 –

CHAIR: That would be, “Outcome 1 — A deliberation on the existence of video and/or sound art as legitimately extant modalities for contemporary art-making/partying”,correct?

Senator JOEL STERN: Yes. We wish to question the existence of so-called “video art” in contemporary art.

CHAIR: Channels, you have been made aware of this enquiry on notice – do you have a response?

Senator ANITA SPOONER: Yes, we do. We wish to respond with a comment of our own which is that we would question the existence of so-called “sound art”. Or, actually, whether or not that term isn’t, in common parlance, a bit “meh”.

CHAIR: It would appear that this chamber may need to adjourn to consider these mutually inclusive inquiries.

Proceedings suspended from 09:06 until 09:26 [Discussion of medium specificity]

CHAIR: As both parties have agreed to disagree, it would appear that what is required is a feasibility study to determine the a) existence and b) viability of each art form. Does either organisation have a suggestion for how this study may be undertaken?

Senator DANNI ZUVELA: With respect to that, we would like to propose spectators be offered the chance to address this issue themselves in a suitable environment to make the determination; i.e. at a gig.

CHAIR: A what?

Senator ANABELLE LACROIX: A party!

Senator NIKKI LAM: We would like to propose a gig. Channels will demonstrate the feasibility and existence of video art at an event featuring music, dancing and general partying.

Senator JOEL STERN: That sounds more like sound art than video art.

Senator MELISSA EDWARDS: Except that we propose spectators are actually having a good time.

Senator DANNI ZUVELA: LA’s gig will feature artists interacting with video projections.

Senator ANITA SPOONER: That sounds more like video art to me, sorry.

Senator JOEL STERN: We would like to draw the chamber’s attention to our members – Jenny Walshe, Basic House and Tom Smith – who will put these queries to rest.

CHAIR: From this edifying exchange it is obvious to this chamber that in order to achieve Outcome 1, both parties will need to undertake a feasibility study into each other’s artform in the form of a jointly-operated warehouse party, featuring BOTH musical and video performance, BOTH live sound and installed video, and demonstrating – or disputing – the existence of BOTH sound art AND video art. Following the agenda, we will start with outcome 2, ‘united cooperation in the form of a jointly-operated event, known as the “Two Party State”).’. Deputy Chair, do you want to start off?

Senator ANABELLE LACROIX: Merci, Chair. There is an administrative issue that we have discussed, and I would be interested in the department or the minister’s views. I have sought that in future estimates we commence with the department proper and cross-portfolio matters rather than commencing with arts and then agencies. I understand that there has been a historical position on this committee that agencies appear first so that they have a bit more certainty about their timing. My own view, for what it is worth, is that I do not think that necessarily warrants waiting so long before we get to cross-portfolio-type matters—I think on the previous occasion it was not until about 9.15 pm. Is there a particular view on that point that you would like to represent?

Senator JOEL STERN: Anabelle, I think you are looking at the wrong document.

Senator ANABELLE LACROIX: Can you give us a page reference.
Senator JOEL STERN: Page 40.
Senator ANABELLE LACROIX: Are you talking about program 2.1?
Senator JOEL STERN: Yes.

CHAIR: So, the party is a feasibility study to determine the viability and existence of video and/or sound art?


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Basic House

Sonic adventurer who experiments with captivating rhythmic and textured techno.

Jennifer Walshe

Irish Dada-ist, composer and musical conceptualist, socially mediated / meditated performance art


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