Liquid Architecture 29 Aug-14 Sept 2013


What: Liquid Architecture Festival of Sound Arts presents an annual festival program dedicated to sound art. Launching 29 August with events through to 14 September in Melbourne with a national touring program.

In 2013 Liquid Architecture is proud to present Sonic City, a thematic festival program aiming more than ever to entice new audiences to engage with sonic and experimental arts.  With a focus on commissioned new works, Sonic City presents performances, installations, screenings, exhibitions and artist talks, and brings together some of the globe’s most exciting artists in this field. We invite audiences to traverse the city blocks and rediscover their urban architecture through the lens of artistic creation.

Launch: The Festival Launch event will be held on Thursday 29 August, 6:00pm – 9:00pm and will comprise the exhibition opening of the Sonic City, at West Space Gallery, Level 1, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.

Concept: Curated by Dr Kristen Sharp and Dr Philip Samartzis Sonic City creates new encounters with urban sites through contemporary artworks that respond to the acoustic and physical environments of the city. When Luigi Russolo recommended that we traverse a modern city with “our ears more alert than our eyes” in 1913, he introduced incidental noise into the lexicon of art. One hundred years on, the sound of the city remains a key preoccupation for contemporary artists. Developments in the built environment, social structures and everyday technologies of transport and communication provide dynamic sites for artists to explore different acoustic and visual perspectives.

The Sonic City program presents new and commissioned works from established and emerging artists and groups from Australia and Japan. Sonic City is designed to challenge perspectives of Melbourne within the prism of rapidly transforming urbanism and propositions artists to re-imagine Tokyo and Melbourne and activate a dialogue between them. Major international presentations include HACO and Toshiya Tsunoda's Tram Vibrations project, amplifying inaudible sounds of urban transportation, and the acclaimed Francisco Lopez's celebration of cityscapes in Sonopolis.

2013 Artists from Australia include: Jeremy Bakker, Atticus Bastow, Philip Brophy, Nigel Brown, Camilla Hannan, Eamon Sprod, Catherine Clover, Rod Cooper, Madelynne Cornish, Sarah Edwards, Jordan Lacey, Noise Flash, Overtone Ensemble, Eliot Palmer, Garth Sheridan, Michael Pulsford, Philip Matthew Sleeth, Speak Percussion and Darrin Verhagen. International Presentations include: Barbara Ellison (Ireland), Pierre Henry (France), Haco (Japan),  Francisco Lopez (Spain), Eva-Maria Raab (Austria), Toshiya Tsunoda (Japan), Ami Yamasaki (Japan) and Kent Macpherson and Luke McConnell (New Zealand).

Full program and artist biographies:
(forwarded from Bianca Durant)