The Stone Mother (Herself) – The Unconformity

A commission for Flux project at The Unconformity, Queenstown, curated by Liquid Architecture and the Unconscious Collective.

The Stone Mother (Herself)
 was originally conceived as a crystal radio and vocal performance at The Unconformity festival in the remote mining town of Queenstown, Tasmania. Using local minerals to glean electromagnetic frequencies, embodying the spirit of the mountain and the underground. The title of the project is derived from the Slavic mythological story of the The Mistress of the Copper Mountain, about a mysterious mountain spirit who was known to allow or prevent mining in certain places. Miners believed her to be their protector and the guardian of underground riches. She was known variously as the Malachite Maiden, The Stone Mother, and, was usually referred to by miners, simply as, ‘Herself’.

Photos: Keelan O’Hehir

Costume: Sabio

(S)tone Tensions with Linda Persson

////// O/O/O (Der Mund spricht die Gedanken aus – Die Landschaft gibt ihren Klang)

A second ‘time collapse’ performance (first time in Iceland 2015) as part of ////O/O/O at Velferden.

(S)Tone Tension, is a performance with 2 parts, taking place between Norway and Tasmania. Whilst I be using voice summoning frequencies through repetition, fire and stones creating a sonic ritual live, with the attempt to allow the old mine stones below us release their tension. Meanwhile Pip Stafford used electromagnetic frequencies from Tasmanian stones and crystals from old mines to make the stones heard from Tasmania, as a live stream. Together we forced a total time collapse, only experienced as a simultaneous act at Velferden, Norway.

That night 27th/28th the volcano Katla in Iceland was detected to have a big tremor. Me and Pip work on releasing the angst of the stones below us.

Linda Persson –

Heavy Majestic

Curated by Jake Adam Treacy for Mailbox Art Space, Melbourne.

Katie Jayne Britchford, Seb Brown, Danica Chappell, Catherine Evans, Ria Green & Aliça Bryson-Haynes, Alicia King, Pip Stafford,
Vittoria di Stefano, Jake Treacy, Jocelyn Tribe

May 4 – June 4, 2016

Heavy Majestic locates the moment when contemporary art becomes alchemic. 11 artists experiment with the transmutation of materiality, measuring esoteric and exoteric properties and virtues. 19 mailboxes become hermetically sealed laboratories: Shit turns into gold; flesh levitates; marble tongues yearn to intertwine; photographs become phantoms; and an elevator becomes a metaphysic machine. Simultaneously, the architecture of Mailbox Art Space is filled with abstracted, coloured light, encouraging visitors to traverse physical and mystical levels. The exhibition meditates upon shifting forms and the magic object; nothing is fixed, everything is enduring. This is the mysterious language of Heavy Majestic.

Sisters Akousmatica

Sisters Akousmatica was the first collaborative project between Julia Drouhin and Phillipa Stafford. This project has grown to become an umbrella for their collective practice.

Sisters Akousmatica and 3CR were awarded the CBAA Excellence in Music Programming award at the 2017 CBAA Conference.

Featuring eves (NZ/VIC), Angie Garrick (NSW), Kate Geck (VIC), Rosalind Hall (VIC), Shani Mohini-Holmes with Georgie Darvidis (VIC), radio cegeste (NZ/TAS) and Ela Stiles (NSW)

Performance and talk
Thu Mar 17, 7pm | The Channel, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. Read more
Performance, walking tour and broadcast
8 May 11am–6pm | Departed from Signal, North Bank

Live on 3CR 855AM and streamed online at

11–21 May | Signal

Sisters Akousmatica is a city-scale radio orchestra. Over seven hours, seven female artists perform on the banks of the Yarra River, their sounds broadcast via radio transmission. Meanwhile, armed with a collection of portable radios, Radio Queens Julia Drouhin and Pip Stafford lead a procession through the streets of Melbourne, stopping at various locations along the way to tune in to each live performance.

Radiophonic transmission and the city soundscape fold together to become an acoustic web that changes hour by hour and culminates in an installation work at Signal, capturing, multiplying and archiving the performance works as a radiophonic acousmonium.

Sisters Akousmatica was developed through Next Wave’s Emerging Curators Program with Liquid Architecture for Next Wave Festival 2016.

Sisters Akousmatica website

Sweet Tribology

SWEET TRIBOLOGY is a collective response to the fading beauty of forgotten memories, de/re-generation, and sharing music in public space. 40 women digested ghostly voices from the past. 

Artists from 10 countries were invited by Julia Drouhin, guest curator for LABoral (Spectrum – LABoratorio de sonido FM radio and L.E.V.) in 2015, to interpret a custom minute sample of popular music played on wax cylinders recorded at SPAT (Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania). 

SWEET TRIBOLOGY is a radio picnic with edible chocolate records inspired by wax cylinders.

Camille Antoine, Felicia Atkinson, Frieda Beukenkamp, Dinah Bird, Maya Boquet, Emma Bugg, Tania Buisse, Andrea Cohen, Lou Conboy, Selena De Carvalho, Kate Geck, Emmanuelle Gibello, Rosalind Hall, Hanna Hartman, Carola Haupt, Julie Honoré, Cat Hope, Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, Zoe Irvine, Coraline Janvier, Shannon Johnson, Anne Laplantine, Sally Ann McIntyre, Mish Meijers, Miss Despoinas, Rosa Menkman, Maria Papadomanolaki, Edith Perrenot, Nadège Philippe-Janon, Sally Rees, Eve Risser, Elissa Ritson, Anne-Laure Robin, Sabio Design, Pip Stafford, Rachel Tribout, Maia Urstad, Valérie Vivancos, Tricky Walsh, Sarah Washington.

SWEET TRIBOLOGY Box is a Pandora Box made by Frieda Beukenkamp, carrying the original picture discs and their sleeves with the content of 26 sound artists and 15 visual artists. SWEET TRIBOLOGY Box will carry the original records to the radio studios to be played on a record player, broadcasting the SWEET TRIBOLOGY programming through radios speakers in the picnic garden, where the audience will receive the electromagnetic FM waves sound signal on their radios, when eating the chocolate records. As a ghost boat, the SWEET TRIBOLOGY box will travel the world and will be the remaining art work to be seen, played, eaten & exhibited.

Sweet Tribology has been performed/heard at LABoral Centro De Artes, Spain; Radio Revolten, Halle, Germany; Mona, Hobart; Motto Gallery, Berlin.

ANNE LAPLANTINE Crois-moi 00.03.50
PIP STAFFORD Stop look listen 00.02.49

Artwork by Lou Conboy


Sweet Tribology Website

ABC Radio National Soundproof

Cyclic Defrost article

The Radio Impulse

Underbelly Arts, Cockatoo Island, Sydney

This project was made possible by the Underbelly Arts Development Program.

A giant copper cloud gleans electromagnetic noise from its surroundings. A listening station for multiple listeners. A radio box in the third and final installment.

A performance activation, improvised sound collaboration with Lucy Phelan, Angela Garrick and Megan Alice Clunes.


Residency and exhibition at Speedy Grandma, Bangkok.

Electro_Medium was the second of a series of three experiments in ‘sound divination’, using a purpose-built radio which traveled from Hobart, Tasmania to divine sounds from the local area. Using a crystal radio to make electromagnetic frequencies audible, Electro_Medium gives an insight into the unseen world of radio – the waves that are invisible but all around us. This residency and exhibition project used the radio box to divine sounds from sites in Bangkok, which were re-imagined in the gallery using conductive paint, copper tape and graphite as both two dimensional forms and antenna devices.

The work was activated by a sound performance using the radio signals at the opening event.

This project was assisted by Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.


Bus Projects, Melbourne.

A performance using a custom built crystal radio at a high voltage marker on the bank of the River Derwent, Tasmania. A ritual performed at dawn and dusk, for no audience, other than dog walkers and videoed by the artist. The performance was then projected into the Bus Projects space, where the crystal radio box was also installed and left to make electromagnetic sound of its own divination throughout the exhibition period.

The exhibition was opened with an activation performance with Papaphilia.

This was the first a series of three performances using this crystal radio box.

Production assistance by Emma Bugg and Guy Paramore.
Dramaturgical mentoring Nancy Mauro-Flude.

This project was assisted by Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.