Liquid Architecture’s Jessica Row curates a suite of experimental sonic performances by artists and musicians as part of ‘Archives in Motion’, a day of presentations responding to TarraWarra Museum of Art’s exhibition, ‘TarraWarra International 2017: All that is solid…’program notes
The day begins on a bus that departs Federation Square for TarraWarra. Melbourne’s DJ Sezzo Snot will hijack the vehicle’s sound system to present The Grain in the Stone, an eclectic music set exploring abandoned pasts and imagined futures, framed through the moving panorama of the bus window. Sezzo Snot’s work has emerged as a club DJ who combines social media commentary, philosophy and a strong interest in contemporary art, to engage cultural politics through music.
Following arrival at the museum will be an artists’ panel chaired by TarraWarra Director Victoria Lynn, entitled Archives in the Present, featuring Tom Nicholson, Patrick Pound and Cyrus Tang. The panel discussion will lead into a literary response to the exhibition by acclaimed novelist Lia Hill, before the sound will disperse to multiple sites.
By TarraWarra’s lake, Melbourne artist Jacqui Shelton’s vocal performance Fermenting will be recited via megaphone, towards an imaginary listening subject, an entity encompassing lake, wine, gallery, exhibition, history, and hill. Jacqui says of the work “Today feels like everything is a little slippery, there might be some singing to help remind myself of the words.” Her research driven practice considers the intimacies produced through the encounter of two bodies in conversation, using the potential of spoken word and how this manifests in a body, to think about ways of approaching political and social difference.
Back inside the museum will be the final lecture in the 2017 Writing & Concepts series with Erik Jensen, speaking on the work of writer Kate Jennings in his presentation Picturing Holes.
The second round of performances will begin In the North Gallery of TarraWarra, where Australian / Chilean multimedia artist Bryan Phillips A.K.A Galambo will present new work Torn, an electroacoustic enactment of the torn territories around TarraWarra. Exploring what is lost when land is stripped of its resources, Bryan Phillips’ practice is based in sound-performance and the use of electronic and acoustic material to help imagine connections between peoples and their territories.
Following this, Melbourne artist Geoff Robinson will present Itinerant Sound – All That Is Solid…, a participatory hand bell performance to create a situation where a concentrated sonic mass disperses through movement. Within a set of physical and instructional boundaries the participant’s decisions through movement will transform the sonic and spatial experience from the directional and contained to the indeterminate and dispersed. Geoff Robinson’s practice creates event-based artworks that explore the relationship between the durational qualities of sound and performance and the spatial conditions of physical sites. To be a part of Geoff’s performance, click here.
And, as a finale, Eric Avery, a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Gumbangirri and Bundjalung man, will use language and violin to express the interconnection of sound and voice to history and back to country in the North Gallery of TarraWarra. Believing in the strength of his people’s art, Eric aims to revitalise aboriginal language in his practice. To speak his ancestors tongue is what Eric describes as being a transformative experience – to hear the different intonations is an inspiration musically and to engage with his language is a continuance of culture.
At 5.15PM, the bus will return you home, to deposit this experience in the archives of your own memory, always in motion.
‘Archives in Motion’, is presented by TarraWarra Museum of Art, in partnership with Liquid Architecture and Writing & Concepts, inspired by the exhibition ‘TarraWarra International 2017: All that is solid…’ curated by Director Victoria Lynn.
For full details and tickets to this event please visit the TarraWarra site.Liquid Architecture performance times
11.00 – 12.30 Sezzo Snot (Bus from Federation Square)
2.20 – 3.00 Bryan Philips A.K.A Galambo (North Gallery, Tarrawarra)
2.30 – 2.45 Jacqui Shelton (Lake at Tarrawarra)
4.00 – 4.30 Geoff Robinson (inside and outside Tarrawarra)
4.30 – 5.00 Eric Avery (North Gallery, Tarrawarra)
Sezzo Snot emerges as a club DJ who combines social media commentary and philosophy. In her hometown of Brisbane, she curated the first QTIPOC club nights outside of the normative gay sphere. Sezzo and her collaborator Makeda were the recipients of the Next Wave x Liquid Architecture National Co-comission to be presented at Next Wave Festival in 2018. Sezzo currently lives and works in Melbourne.
Bryan Phillips A.K.A. Galambo is a Chilean/Australian sound maker, inspired by the relationships between territories and what emerges in response to these. His practice is based in sound-performance and the use of electronic and acoustic material to help imagine connections between peoples and their territories
Jacqui Shelton is an artist working and based in Narrm, Melbourne, Australia. Her research driven practice uses performance, film-making, and writing, to consider the embodied intimacies produced through the encounter of two bodies in conversation. She used the potential within the spoken or written word, and how this manifests in a body, to think about ways of approaching political and social difference. She is a current PhD Candidate at MADA, Monash University, and has exhibited at a number of galleries in Australia and overseas.
Geoff Robinson is a Melbourne-based artist who creates event-based artworks that explore the relationship between the durational qualities of sound and performance and the spatial conditions of physical sites. Robinson has held residencies and exhibited at Helsinki International Artist Programme, MoKS Estonia and Seoul Art Space. He was awarded the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2014 and is a PhD candidate in Fine Art at Monash University.
Eric Avery is an Indigenous interdisciplinary artist is from the Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Gumbangirri and Bundjalung people of NSW. Eric has an ancestry of strong, resilient creative people. Believing in the strength of his people’s art Eric aims to revitalise aboriginal language in his practice. To speak his ancestors tongue is what Eric describes as being a transformative experience – to hear the different intonations is an inspiration musically and to engage with his language is a continuance of culture.
Liquid Architecture acknowledges the Wurundjeri as the first owners of the country in which this event takes place, and we recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.documentation partners