28 June 2012
Liquid Architecture - Antarctic Convergence
In 2012, the yearly Liquid Architecture sound art festival takes the form of a thematic event - for the first time after thirteen years of festivals. Curated by Lawrence English and Philip Samartzis, 'Antarctic Convergence' presents a range of Australian and international artists who have made works from first-hand encounters with this dangerous and sublime environment. The theme's significance is also amplified by 2012 marking the centenary of Sir Douglas Mawson's famous expedition to Antarctica, as being celebrated by the Australian government's Centenary of Australian Antarctic Expeditions.
Artists included have made significant contributions to their genre and art form, and also broader cultural contributions through their research and sonic archives: Werner Dafeldecker (Austria), Douglas Quin (USA), Robin Fox (Melbourne), Chris Watson (UK), Phil Dadson (NZ), Dr Philip Samartzis (Melbourne), David Burrows (Melbourne), Lawrence English (Brisbane), Anne Colomes (France), and Scott Morrison (NSW/Melbourne). The national festival program includes concerts, installations, exhibitions, artist talks and workshops, with the Melbourne component of the festival currently underway (28 June - 14 July) and Sydney (3 July) and Brisbane events (4-22 July) still to come.
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