Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound and listening.
I packed in quite a few gallery shows this weekend, the closing or moving I should say of Melbourne staple, the Gertrude Contemporary, the new show ‘Lets Dance‘ at Arts Project Australia and popped to Blak Dot Gallery , and Arts House for Yirramboi Festival.
And, to top it off I headed to Liquid Architecture’s annual project Polyphonic Social, which encourages artists and participants to expand on polyphony, and its potential within a group environment. Polyphony is the hearing of 2 or more individual voices/melodies simultaneously, within a given structure.
An excerpt from the Liquid Architectures site explains that ” Polyphonics have much artistic and social potential: to make difference audible, to ‘sound’ disobedience, choreograph dissonance, and explore the harmonies possible when we bring voices together (and apart) in a shared space.’ I really like this idea of making difference audible, rather than visual, and the potential for its orchestration unbeknownst to the participant.
Taiwanese sound artist Lin Chi-Wei, orchestrated 2 projects at Liquid Architecture. The first being ‘Tape Music’ a live performance which has been performed internationally since its 2008. Where by participants sit in a spiral, a 200m long ribbon is fed from the beginning of the spiral and moves to the centre where it rests, the ribbon has different sounds, like ‘Wu’ ‘Om’, embroidered onto which are to be vocalised by each participant as the ribbon passes through there hands. Much like a cassette tape!
I really enjoyed participating in this, it felt like a gift. I enjoyed a brief chat with the strangers to the left and right of me, we felt a combination of intrigue and apprehension. Throughout the performance there were points where I honed in on the sounds, pitch and tone of others, making an effort to match or compliment them subconsciously. And, other times fully aware of my sound, my presence and its part in the polyphonic piece.
To view the recording of ‘Tape Music’ at Liquid Architecture click here.
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