Saturday 8 October, 2.00pm
Location: Monash University Museum of Art
Ground Floor, Building F, Monash University Caulfield Campus
To coincide with the opening of Life inside an Image, MUMA in collaboration with Liquid Architecture presents a special performance by New Zealand musician Rob Thorne, as part of MUMA’s experimental performance series, Sound Spaces.
Thorne (of Ngati Tumutumu) is a Māori musician and anthropologist from Palmerston North, New Zealand, with nearly thirty years’ experience in alternative rock, free noise, experimental bands and improvisational sound art. Since 2001, he has brought his diverse experience to working with traditional Māori musical instruments (taonga pūoro). His debut album ‘Whäia te Märamatanga’ (Rattle Records, 2014) is a deeply felt and highly concentrated conversation between the past and the present – a musical passage of identity and connection. Using modern loop technology and traditional Māori flutes and horns made from stone, bone, shell and wood, Thorne creates a transcendent aural experience that touches the soul with timeless beauty.
Presented by Sound Spaces and Liquid Architecture in association with Melbourne Festival
Organised by Francis E. Parker
Sound Spaces is a 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.
Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound.
LA's program stages encounters and creates spaces for sonic experience, and critical reflection on sonority and systems of sonic affect. To do this, LA host experiences at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music, supporting artists to produce performances and concerts, exhibitions, talks, reading groups, workshops and recordings in art spaces, music venues and other sites.