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JOEL STERN (Artistic Director) is a curator and artist based in Melbourne, Australia.
With Danni Zuvela, Joel is Artistic Director of Liquid Architecture. He is cofounder of OtherFilm and The Instrument Builders Project. As a curator, Joel has been responsible for festivals, publications, exhibitions, screenings and concerts in Australia and internationally for over ten years.
His musical performances utilise analogue electronics, lights and various found sounds, and often improvisation. He is part of the groups Soft Power and Sky Needle, an ensemble described by The Wire’s David Keenan as ‘one of the most radically original and self-sufficient performance units in the world.’
DANNI ZUVELA (Artistic Director) is a curator and writer based in Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
With Joel Stern, Danni is Artistic Director 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 she is the Secretary and Deputy. Danni has an academic background, with a research PhD on experimental film and art history, teaching into her field, and publishing critical writing across a range of publications. Danni’s research informs her curatorial work with interests in feminism, activism and neologism(s).
ANABELLE LACROIX (General Manager) joined the organisation in 2014 and comes to Liquid Architecture with several years’ curatorial and arts management experience at RMIT University, Asialink, Arc One Gallery and working as an independent curator. Anabelle has a background in artist-run initiatives including working extensively with both emerging and senior artists across all levels of arts activity in Australia and internationally, and is currently an associate Member at RMIT’s Centre for Art, Society and Transformation, and an associate curator at Blindside. Before moving to Melbourne she studied Art History in Paris and graduated from the International Program in Curating Art at Stockholm University.
JESSICA ROW (Administrator) joined Liquid Architecture in 2016 and has several years’ experience in arts administration. Most recently, she was the gallery manager of Brisbane’s longest running ARI, Jugglers Art Space Inc., and has worked with local and international media and sound artists through MAAP: Media Arts Asia Pacific. Jessica has curated several exhibitions and festivals for Jugglers Art Space & Backbone Youth Arts (2high Festival) championing local and emerging artists. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art and commenced a Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne in 2016.
MINO PERIC (Digital Engagement Coordinator) joined Liquid Architecture as an intern in 2015 and has several years’ experience as a musician and artist. Mino recently completed his Honours at RMIT in Fine Art (Sound) and plays in Melbourne band No Sister.
DR MICHAEL GRAEVE (CHAIR) is a sound and visual artist and educator.
Michael joined the Liquid Architecture board 8 years ago at the time of incorporation in 2007 and has been Chair for four years. 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 Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practices Department 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.
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).
EMMA TELFER is the Creative Director of Open House Melbourne, an organisation that provides unique opportunities for people to better understand the legacy and future impact of good design and architecture in the city.
Along with her Liquid Architecture board position (since 2012), Emma is a board member of NETS (National Exhibitions Touring Support) and a member of the Arts Centre, Melbourne’s Australian Performing Arts Collection Steering Committee. Emma is a founding partner of the Office For Good Design, a unique curatorial group that works with private organisations and major cultural institutions to realise their interest in design, architecture, and the broader creative industries. Office for Good Design recently curated and produced the MMeets public program for MPavilion, the new summer architecture pavilion presented by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and the City of Melbourne.
ANNABEL ALLEN is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has been a Liquid Architecture Board member and Treasurer since 2012, and is also on the Governance Committee.
She has extensive experience in financial management, risk and compliance management, external and internal audit, business process improvement and strategic planning, across Government, arts industry, private sector and ASX listed entities.
She is passionate about the arts and how they contribute to society and is also treasurer and board member at unMagazine.
BIANCA DURRANT has extensive experience in arts management and project management with 12 years experience in the arts and cultural sector in both programming and strategic roles.
Bianca holds a Master of Fine Arts (by research) and is currently undertaking a Leadership and Managers Program with the LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne on scholarship. Currently Research Coordinator at the VCA, University of Melbourne, she joined Liquid Architecture Sound Inc. in 2006, initially as Assistant to the Director, then Producer and General Manager until late 2013, contributing to the long term sustainability of the organisation through working with the Board to secure competitive triennial funding and developing a new organisational structure, which is now in place.
KELLI ALRED is a curator, program manager and consultant, specialising in spatial and temporal art practices.
Career highlights include presenting large-scale works by Ryoji Ikeda and Mathieu Briand in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall; being curatorial advisor to the exhibition Synthetic Times at the National Art Museum of China; working in dialogue with curator Nicolas Bourriaud to commission new work for the 2008 Triennial at Tate Britain; co-presenting an interactive public art work by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in Trafalgar Square, in collaboration with The National Gallery, the ICA and London’s Science Museum.
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 co-ordinator of the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre in Melbourne. David Chesworth joined the Liquid Architecture Board in 2015.
JAKE GOLDENFEIN is a lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, and has tought media law, law and technology and property law at Melbourne School, and Swinburne Law School. He has also been a researcher at the Law, Science, Technology, Society centre at the Free University of Brussels, and the Institute for Information Law at New York Law School. Jake is writing his PhD in surveilance and privacy law, and is increasingly interested in the decentralisation governance and the use of automated decision making in adminsitrative processes. Jake is an admitted lawyer in the state of Victoria, has legal experience working with private and government bodies on matters of privacy law and media law. Jake also plays slow dance music on the bass guitar.
MARCUS COOK runs Liquid Architecture’s technical production. Track him down at Shogun Lodge Services.
JASON HELLER is our videographer. He hates low-light and works at hellerworks
KEELAN O’HEHIR is our photographer. He has a golden eye, a platinum CF card and has found the perfect blend…
ANATOL PITT is our official hanger-on/groupie who somehow snuck himself onto the website.
SARAH McCAULEY is ‘a hypochondriac on the dance floor’. Thinking about f.lux extension in the gallery.
LAUREN SQUIRE is a sound wizard who does soundie things. She listens to Stephen Fry / Harry Potter audio books when she goes to sleep.
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