POLYPHONIC SOCIAL: Natasha Tontey, Sarah crowEST, Zou Zhao

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North Laundry, Abbotsford Convent

1 Saint Heliers Street

Abbotsford, VIC 3067

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Liquid Architecture present Natasha Tontey, Zou Zhao and Sarah CrowEST.

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Polyphonic Social is an annual Liquid Architecture project taking place at Melbourne’s Abbotsford Convent. It is framed by the proposition that artists practice polyphony in vastly expanded and experimental ways.

Polyphony is a state in which we hear many different voices, in their full texture, simultaneously. (Poly/many + phonos/voices). It is a sonic concept with much artistic and social potential; to make difference audible, ‘sound’ disobedience, choreograph dissonance, and explore the harmonies produced when we bring voices together (and apart) in shared space.

Polyphonic Social 2019 unfolds across three events, occupying the Convent’s historic, recently restored Magdalen Laundry with experimental sound, performance, and installation. While the program’s heart beats conceptually, its skeleton structure is a powerful multi speaker-stack sound system, which will be deployed by artists to articulate the cavernous space of the industrial building in uncanny, immersive, and unexpected ways.

Saturday afternoon’s performance program features Indonesian punk coder, designer and horror-aficionado NATASHA TONTEY presenting new work Church of Xenoglossia. First developed as part of Instrument Builders Project Kyoto, the project employs early-internet proto-emoji language Shift JIS in scores for improvisation. Chinese Singaporean artist ZOU ZHAO will be apologising on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party as part of her continuing investigation into language and neocolonial knowledge today. British Australian artist SARAH CROWEST will present the first experimental showing of her open-source text-score project Sound Seen, for multiple performers. See Liquid Architecture for the full Polyphonic Social program.

Presented by Liquid Architecture, Abbotsford Convent and 3RRR. Supported by City of Yarra, and System Sound.

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North Laundry, Abbotsford Convent

1 Saint Heliers Street

Abbotsford, VIC 3067

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