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Tessa Elieff : Associate Artist

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Photo: Daniela d'Arielli

Electroacoustic/phonographic composer Tessa Elieff (BFA - Sonic Diffusion, Hons 1st Class) performs as Tattered Kaylor.

Tessa Elieff's work stems from her fascination with our perceptions of 'Sonic Environment' - how we construct our surrounding realities and the resultant interpretations we live by and conclude as being absolute. She is inspired by humble purpose - nature's intent to grow, machine's intent to function, a bird's intent to call and a communities intent to survive. Her live performance explores relationships between sound, space, time and perception via processed field recordings and multi-speaker systems in various surround sound formations. Methods utilised draw from concepts of the Acousmonium as developed by Francois Bayle (1974), with her favoured tools for sculpting sounds including architectural cavities (manmade and natural), sonic/spatial memory, concrete, steel, stone and controlled systems of diffusion. Her compositions consist of moments that are as true to life as is possible - as unprocessed and as 'Real' as our self proclaimed reality can be and moments where this reality will slip and shift, fracturing the represented environment from one that is an assumed absolute, to the other - that sits within the shell of our perceptions.

As a curator Elieff has directed and organised a number of events dedicated to sound and new media art. These events have included collaborative works, live sound performance, new media art showcases, masterclass workshops and temporary inner city rehearsal spaces for emerging and established artists. Her collaborative partners have included the highly respected Australian sound artist Philip Samartzis and Jacques Soddell, a co-founder of the experimental music label, Cajid.

In 2011 she received the Inhabit International Residency from Punctum Arts and Arts Victoria and headed to the geographical centre of France to work and research at the Abbaye de Noirlac. In 2010 she was invited to direct and curate for Australia's esteemed sound arts festival, 'Liquid Architecture'. Her live performance has been seen in countries including Australia, Austria and France with the most recent event being in September 2012, for the launch of her debut album, Selected Realities on the Viennese experimental music label Moozak. Since this release she has been selected as a featured artist on the prestigious 25-year-old Austrian radio program KunstRadio - a program dedicated to the sounds of experimental musics and sound art, and, in the italian Blow Up magazine with interview by Leandro Pisano. Her work has been played on radio stations in Australia, Finland, France, London, Spain and Italy.

In 2013 she was a recipient of the Art Start grant by the Australia Council for the Arts. Her plans included assisting Chantal Passamonte AKA Mira Calix during the Metropolis New Music Festival and a location-based recording project with Chris Watson involving travelling along the coast of North East England. This work focussed on practices such as single point species recordings, Ambisonic techniques and methods used to capture a three-dimensional soundfield.

In 2014 Tessa Elieff was a recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust's grant and as part of this, attended the University of Birmingham as a visiting student and participated in the Pollinaria and the Interferenze Residency in rural Italy.

Tessa Elieff — current to March 2015