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Sisters Akousmatica

Curated by Julia Drouhin (FRA/TAS) & Pip Stafford (TAS)

Developed in association with Liquid Architecture. Presented in association with Signal and 3CR

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8 May, 11-21 May


Signal, Flinders Walk, Northbank, Melbourne


Performance and talk
Thu Mar 17, 7pm | The Channel, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. Read more

Performance, walking tour and broadcast
8 May 11am–6pm | Departs from Signal
Can’t make it? Listen live on 3CR 855AM or stream online at Details here.

11–21 May | Signal
Wed–Sat 11am–5pm




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Event Details

Featuring eves (NZ/VIC), Angie Garrick (NSW), Kate Geck (VIC), Rosalind Hall (VIC), Shani Mohini-Holmes (VIC), radio cegeste (NZ/TAS) and Ela Stiles (NSW)

Sisters Akousmatica is a city-scale radio orchestra. Over seven hours, seven female artists perform on the banks of the Yarra River, their sounds broadcast via radio transmission. Meanwhile, armed with a collection of portable radios, Radio Queens Julia Drouhin and Pip Stafford lead a procession through the streets of Melbourne, stopping at various locations along the way to tune in to each live performance.

Radiophonic transmission and the city soundscape fold together to become an acoustic web that changes hour by hour and culminates in an installation work at Signal, capturing, multiplying and archiving the performance works as a radiophonic acousmonium.

Focusing on the concept of akousma – sound removed from its source – Sisters Akousmatica creates a space through which to examine the radical possibilities of unconventional sound. The ephemeral world of radio offers a dialogue with the audience that is at once live and not-live, real and unreal.

Grab a radio and join the Radio Queens for the full seven hour tour, or meet them along the way.

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Sisters Akousmatica was developed through Next Wave’s Emerging Curators Program with Liquid Architecture for Next Wave Festival 2016.

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