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Sound Spaces with Liquid Architecture: TX/RX


An intervention in two parts by Critical Engineer
and Artist Julian Oliver
Saturday 17 October, 3:00pm

MUMA will, for an afternoon, host an unbridled exploration of the radio infrastructure on which we depend: GSM, analogue radio (shipping, air traffic, marine) and wi-fi. Julian Oliver will lead the audience through an interrogation of signal domains as both techno-political territories and electromagnetic phenomena. He will explore the spectra in various domains and data ‘in the air', discussing techniques of interruption and mitigation.

Following this presentation, Oliver will build up and operate a technological performance to enact the infrastructure ‘speaking itself', revealing its inner workings and history (an agent of its own rather than a transport/carrier/service).

TX/RX is presented as part of Liquid Architecture's weekend-long event for the Melbourne Festival, The Politics of Listening.

Julian Oliver is a New Zealander, Critical Engineer and artist based in Berlin. His work and lectures have been presented at many museums, galleries, international electronic art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, the Chaos Computer Congress, Ars Electronica, FILE and the Japan Media Arts Festival. Julian has received several awards, most notably the distinguished Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica 2011 for the project Newstweek (with Daniil Vasiliev).

Julian has also given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, data forensics, creative hacking, computer networking, counter-surveillance, object-oriented programming for artists, augmented reality, virtual architecture, video-game development, information visualisation and UNIX/Linux worldwide. He is an advocate of Free and Open Source Software and is a supporter of, and contributor to, initiatives that promote and reinforce rights in the networked domain.

Curator: Francis E. Parker
Sound Spaces is a new performance series of experimental and improvised music that embraces the growing overlap between visual art and sound art. Sound Spaces opens up MUMA’s artistic program to ephemeral presentations by Australian and international artists and musicians, encompassing both acoustic performance and electronics.

A rotating collaboration, Sound Spaces sees MUMA work with different innovative experimental music organisations such as the Australian Art Orchestra, Liquid Architecture and Room40 for each iteration of the series. The series runs in parallel with MUMA’s exhibition program with occasional direct dialogues with particular exhibition projects.

Julian Oliver No Network 2012

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