RUPC Liquid Architecture MAF
Johannes Kreidler 2015

Melbourne Art Foundation presents the 2016 Lectures and Forums Program in association with Liquid Architecture and the Research Unit in Public Cultures (RUPC) – University of Melbourne.

Autotune Everything: Art and the Sonic – Cosmic – Politic

This year’s program is an expanded symposium encompassing talks, music, performances and experiments.

By necessity, we tune in to some signals, and filter others out. In determining what is signal and what is noise, listening is political – all listening, all the time. As is looking: when we focus, we sharpen the subject, and exclude the rest. Consigned to the back, signals nonetheless continue to vibrate, permeating through the social and the architectural, into the atmospheric.

We want to stage a conversation about sound, art and public space. What if our own practices echo those of the larger forces that filter, groom and autotune political and aesthetic consensus? What do we hear when our listening is less selective? What processes transmit, in the background, and what alternative tuning would receive them? How might we amplify our own complicity in the correction of rogue expressions? Who is most guilty of saying nothing?

This experimental symposium brings together thinkers and performers across sound and art to consider:

  • Disharmony between percept and concept
  • Zero-sum games: art v state; non-state art; art’s non-state(s)
  • Industrial culture in the culture industries
  • (Music in) the spaces of art – on galleriability and ambient spectacularity
  • Hatred of music; or the more unmusical the better
  • Sensoria of the body politic.


Melbourne Art Foundation 2016 Lectures and Forums Program Keynote Speaker: Ute Meta Bauer, Director of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

Clocks and Clouds (Kraig Grady and Terumi Narushima), The Austronesian Embassy of Anaphoria Island

Dennis Del Favero, UNSW Scientia Professor, Sydney

Hou Hanru, Director of MAXXI, Rome

Evelyne Jouanno, Founder at Ars Citizen and Emergency Biennale

Caleb Kelly, UNSW National Institute for Experimental Arts, Sydney

Seth Kim-Cohen, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Johannes Kreidler, Composer, artist, Germany

With performances by Chunyin Rainbow Chan (Sydney), Megan Clune (Sydney),  Eric Demetriou (Melbourne), (no)signal (Melbourne), Matthias Schack-Arnott (Melbourne), James Rushford (Melbourne), Masato Takasaka Melbourne) and more

Curated by Nikos Papastergiadis, Joel Stern and Danni Zuvela

Melbourne Art Foundation’s 2016 Lectures and Forums Program is presented in association with Liquid Architecture and the Research Unit in Public Cultures (RUPC) – University of Melbourne The Melbourne Art Foundation would like to thank its long standing partners, The Australia Council and Creative Victoria. Seth Kim-Cohen is a guest of Monash Art Design & Architecture Johannes Kreidler is supported by RMIT international Artist in Residence program (iAIRt) and the Goethe Institut With thanks to Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Gertrude Contemporary, Monash University Museum of Art, TarraWarra Museum of Art.

Dates: 18-20 August 2016

Venue: Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Australia