XYL – Sisters Akousmatica @ Mona Foma 2018

Thirteen new radiophonic works by thirteen sound artists are broadcast from transmission points dispersed along the Intercity Cycleway between Hobart and Mona (eleven km), curated by Phillipa Stafford and Julia Drouhin. Grab a radio and tune in as you walk/ride/rollerblade on 90.0FM to and from the festival hub at Mona. Radios are available (for a small deposit) at the Mofo Box Office at Brooke Street Pier and at Mona.

Featuring Felicia AtkinsonFari BradleyNina BuchananDinahbirdCamilla HannanJoyce HinterdingMiyuki JokirantaRipley KavaraDani KirbyLisa LerkenfeldtLinda PerssonLucreccia Quintanilla and Tricky Walsh.

Transmission Activation
Friday 19 January 2018, 10am

Friday 19 January 2018, 10am–6pm
Saturday–Sunday 21 January 2018, 9am–6pm
Intercity Cycleway, Hobart to Mona

Presented in partnership with Mona Foma 2018.

Sisters Akousmatica’s project XYL was assisted through Arts Tasmania Artist Investment Program by the Minister for the Arts.

Thanks #mofo2018, we walked from Hobart to Mona for 4 hours to activate 13 new sound works for XYL on 90.0FM with our first legal broadcasting licence!

For more info and documentation go to the XYL page on the Sisters Akousmatica website

NM SK – Radiophrenia Commission

Sisters Akousmatica were commissioned for a new radio art work by Radiophrenia Scotland in 2017.

Radio: drag the dial across frequencies at any given time, any given place and you will hear a cacophony of sounds. Static, pops and crackles, whistles, the tap, tap tap of the world and the universe going about its electromagnetic business. In between those sounds are stations: broadcasts that are music, news, chatter, cryptic messages and espionage. Stretching out around the world in a network of terrestrial communication, bouncing off the heaviside and landing back again to be collected by radio-listeners – in cars and in kitchens. Sisters Akousmatica are always listening – seeking out the strange broadcasts destined for…

NM, SK begins to examine some of the recordings they have made in their quest to research “the silent key” – a series of broadcast messages that they discovered in the winter of 2017.

The RADIOPHRENIA station is managed by Mark Vernon and Barry Burns and is funded through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Funding with additional support from CCA Glasgow and Outset Scotland.

This work has since been re-broadcast by Resonance FM and Wave Farm on WGXC.

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

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

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