Why Listen to Animals?


Why Listen To Animals?

The possibilities of meaning when we listen to animals and they listen to us.

THU 29 Sep – SAT 22 Oct 2016
West Space
Level 1/225 Bourke St, Melbourne
Wheelchair Accessible


This experimental project by Liquid Architecture reframes English writer and artist John Berger’s classic 1980 essay ‘Why Look at Animals?’ through the prism of sound and listening. We gather together artists, musicians, scientists and historians to investigate human-animal sound via the dynamics of power, knowledge and value in the pursuit of a new question: ‘Why Listen to Animals?’

Bunna Lawrie, Cecilia Vicuña, Camila Marambio, Bryan Phillips, Kim Satchell, Anthony Magen, Melissa Deerson with Georgina Criddle, Rob Thorne, Eric Avery, Tamsen Hopkinson, Julia McFarlane, Max Kohane, Will Foster and Sabrina D’Angelo, Undine Sellbach, Tessa Laird, Lynn Mowson and Bruce Mowson, Catherine Clover and Peter Knight, Sally Ann Mcintyre, RMIT sound students.

THU 29 Sep 2016
7pm-10pm FREE
Presented by Liquid Architecture and the Australian Indigenous Studies Program, the University of Melbourne, as part of ‘Roze a Wail’: Whales, Whaling and Dreaming

Special storytelling and music from Bunna Lawrie, a traditional lawman and medicine man and direct descendant of the Mirning Aboriginal Whaledreaming tribe.
Spontaneous speech and noise acts from Chilean poet, artist, visionaries Cecilia Vicuña and Camila Marambio (Chile) and sound-maker Bryan Phillips.
A talk with Kim Satchell, New South Wales surfer, poet, performer, writer, on encountering whales in the context of the coast and the Anthropocence, with accompaniment from acoustic ecologist and sound walker Anthony Magen.
Melissa Deerson with Georgina Criddle stage ‘Alexander a play for a and b’

FRI 7 October 2016
7pm-10pm FREE
Rob Thorne (NZ)
Eric Avery (Sydney)
Cecilia Vicuña (Chile) and Camila Marambio (Chile)
Tamsen Hopkinson and Julia McFarlane and Max Kohane
Will Foster and Sabrina D’Angelo

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