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Polyphonic Social: The Unsingularity
THU 26 - SUN 29 Apr 2018
Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Wheelchair Accessible

FREE

Image: Debris Facility, 2018

THU 26 – SUN 29 April
INSTALLATIONS
9AM – 5PM

Thembi Soddell (Clunes)
HELD DOWN, EXPANDING

Exposing a single viewer at a time to a multifaceted array of inner voices.

Libby Harward (Ngugi-Mulgumpin [Moreton Island]; Quandamooka  [Moreton Bay]; Gold Coast)
ALREADY OCCUPIED

Listening to the language of sovereignty within the land.

SAT 28 April
WORKSHOPS + PERFORMANCES
11AM – 6PM

RSVP

Ariel Bustamente (Chile)
Betty Apple (Taiwan)
Bree Turner (Melbourne)
Bruce Mowson (Melbourne)
Clare Cooper (Sydney)
Hijos de Cecilia (Chile / Melbourne)
Lauren Rosewarne (Melbourne)
Libby Harward (Quandamooka – Gold Coast)
Megan Alice Clune (Sydney)
Public Assembly (Melbourne)
Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe
Uncle Bill Nicholson (Wurundjeri Elder)
Will Scott-Kemmis (Melbourne)

the unsingularity

Liquid Architecture returns for a third Polyphonic Social event at Abbotsford Convent with a focus on multiple listening and social sound.

Polyphonic Social 2018 begins on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 April with installations by artists Thembi Soddell and Libby Harward, who’s a descendent of the Ngugi people of Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay), residing on Yugambeh country (Gold Coast).

Exploring poly-expressions of multifaceted emotion and sovereign signalling, these installations continue throughout the weekend as each invites the spectator to consider their unsingular self.

In two parts, Saturday 28 April takes the form of a series of conversations exploring the social value of experimental forms of listening. Following a welcome from Uncle Nicholson, in the performance program, artist Libby Harward will de- and recode the illegibility of sovereign signs, and how different modes of listening to country may be possible. Hijos de Cecilia (Children of Cecilia) will collectively channel the work, spirit, and magic of the great Chilean artist-poet Cecilia Vicuña. Composer Megan Alice Clune will conduct an increasingly vocoded conversation with herself. Sound artist Ariel Bustamente will help us explore why we say the things we do, and how to celebrate the way all conversations are, on some level, awkward. Social agents Ceri Hann and Lynda Roberts (Public Assembly) will conceptually deconstruct the conventions of the workshop format as a paradoxically intimate, aural collective experience; and researcher Lauren Rosewarne might attempt to predict the polymorphously positive sex noises of the future.

In the ensuing workshop program, artist, musician and activist Clare Cooper will guide us through a series of experimental feminist futuring exercises using social sound to develop new critical listening skills. Clare will be assisted by a team of experienced facilitators who will work with small groups to consider the future sounds we are drawn to, what and how we will be hearing in the future, and the tools, attitudes, energies and forms of sonic agency we need to cultivate in order to “back-cast” from a more just future to the social sound of our present moment. Facilitators of radical openness include Will Scott-Kemmis, Bree Turner, Bruce Mowson and more.

 

Polythinking is a Liquid Architecture investigation lead by Danni Zuvela

Polyphonic Social is an annual Liquid Architecture program in partnership with Abbotsford Convent supported by the City of Yarra through the Creative Yarra grants program.

‘Held Down, Expanding’ is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

polythinking

We are all multiple. At any one time, a person is the sum of divergent forces, histories, narratives – we are many things to many people (especially ourselves). This means you are always already poly, you too contain multitudes. Contradiction, incoherence, uncomfortability, a refusal to read: what if the very things you thought were destabilising are actually a source of strength?

Polyphonic thinking doesn’t just mean the sound of many voices, all replete in their unique texture. It means, paradigmatically, listening differently – listening openly, embracing complexity, shifting codes and extending beyond collective comfort zones. Above all polythinking is about learning how to hold multiple truths at once, producing collaborative sound and listening – and applying that to thinking about how to move forward, together.

We are starting with the future because by figuring out where we want to be and working back from there we can start designing the today we need, instead of just accepting the today we have already.

acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Taungurong, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation as the custodians of the land 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.

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