Polyphonic Social – The Unsingularity

Thursday 26 April 2018 - Sunday 29 April 2018

Image: Debris Facility

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

Polyphonic Social 2018 will take place at the Abbotsford Convent and begins on Thursday 26 April with installations by artists Thembi Soddell and Libby Harward, who is 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. 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.

This event will end with a performance by Hijos de Cecilia (Children of Cecilia), who’ll collectively channel the work, spirit, and magic of the great Chilean artist-poet Cecilia Vicuña.

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.

Installations: 9am - 5pm, Thursday 26th April - Sunday 29th April

Performance Program: 11am - 5pm, Saturday 28th April

Workshop: 1pm - 5pm, Saturday 28th April. 

More Information:

Sonic futuring workshop FREE, registrations essential.

HELD DOWN EXPANDING Installation by Thembi Soddell. FREE, registrations essential. 

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Abbotsford Convent


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Date and time:
Thursday 26 April 2018 - Sunday 29 April 2018

The Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford