RISING is a radio installation for Moon rising signals by Sisters Akousmatica.

They use radios as instruments, stitch collective conductive maps of female sound makers, built FM, crystal and dress transmitters with kids and adults, speak two languages and light Morse code between their houses. 
RISING is an exploration of invisible communication signals based on EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) to sing loud with the stellar wind, feet in the ground of sand and ears in the ocean of air.

RISING is a finalist for the Women’s Arts Prize Tasmania 2019, a touring exhibition in 3 art centers.

RISING, 2019

Radio transmitter + receiver, audio player, speakers, mineral, brass, paper. 65 cm x 3 cm (2)

Iris (installation)

Originally commissioned by ABC Radio National, Iris was curated into Passages at Contemporary Art Tasmania by Emily Bullock.

For this exhibition the sound work was expanded into a installation, with the addition of original blueprints for the house it was recorded in and about, and a balsa and paint model of the house created from my own memory.



Curator: Emily Bullock

This exhibition is an outcome of the Contemporary Art Tasmania Curatorial Mentorship Program.Passages brings together six artists whose work engages with the subjective and sensory encounters between people and place. Featuring artists working across a range of media, the works feature tactile, emotional apprehensions of intimate places and experiences to reflect on the inseparability of inside and outside, seeing and travelling, memory and imagination, vision and touch. In offering affective mappings of intimate spaces, Passages questions the cold, totalising visual representations of maps, offering moving engagements with places that have the potential to re-make the globe anew.

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 3cr.org.au

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

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.

Softly, Softly

Exhibition at Constance ARI in January 2014

A further exploration of electromagnetic forces, which began with the Mona Scholarship research period. This exhibition was a work-in-progress or experiment in which I began developing possibilities for radio-instruments or performance tools, though there was no performance attached to this particular exhibition.

A Rat’s Nest

2012 Mona Scholarship Recipient

Exhibition held September 2013 at the Mona Library Gallery.
A Rat’s Nest was an initial exploration of the materiality of radio waves, supported by the Mona Scholarship.

Seven crystal radios with sculptural copper antennae, freeform crystal growths and time-lapse videos of crystal growth. A performance activation at the opening event.

Opening address by Dr Nancy Mauro-Flude.

Fabrication assistance: Guy Paramore

Photos: Fred + Hannah