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Autotune Everything: Art and the Sonic – Cosmic – Politic


Melbourne Art Foundation
presents the 2016 Lectures and Forums Program in association with Liquid Architecture and the Research Unit in Public Cultures (RUPC) – The University of Melbourne. This year’s program is an expanded symposium encompassing talks, music, performances and experiments.

18-20 August 
The Greek Centre 
168 Lonsdale Street 
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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) –
The 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.

Media Enquiries
Joel Stern

Nikos Papastergiadis