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JOEL STERN (CEO/Artistic Director) is a curator and artist based in Melbourne, Australia.
With Danni Zuvela, Joel is CEO / Artistic Director of Liquid Architecture. He is cofounder of organisations OtherFilm and Instrument Builders Project. Through these initiatives and under the aegis of other institutions, Joel has been responsible for festivals, publications, exhibitions, screenings and concerts in Australia and internationally since the early 2000’s.He is also a musician, performing solo and as part of the groups Soft Power and Sky Needle. Joel is a PhD candidate in Curatorial Practice at Monash University.
DANNI ZUVELA (Artistic Director) is a curator and writer based in Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
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) is an artist, cultural manager and creative producer based in Melbourne, Australia. 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) 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.
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.
KELLI ALRED (President/Chair) has 25 years of international experience as a curator, program manager, executive producer, researcher, theatre director and consultant. Career highlights include presenting work by Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall; working as 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 Altermodern Triennial at Tate Britain; co-presenting public art projects by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in Trafalgar Square and Tyrone Sheather at Dark Mofo. Currently, Kelli is Visual Arts Program Manager for Melbourne Festival; teaching within the School of Art at RMIT University and undertaking a PhD in curatorial practice at the Victorian College of the Arts.
DR. MICHAEL GRAEVE (Vice-President) 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.
JAKE GOLDENFEIN (Secretary) is a lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, and has taught 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’s PhD focused on surveillance and privacy law, and his current research explored decentralisation governance and automated decision-making. 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.
MARK NOLEN (Treasurer) 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.
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).
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.
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.