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

Networked Art Forms and Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits


With Nancy Mauro-Flude and Kylie Johnson I produced Networked Art Forms and Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits for Contemporary Art Tasmania (then CAST), Dark Mofo and ISEA2013.

A series of events inspired by computer culture. Artists, programmers and thinkers from the frontline of the maker aesthetic.

Networked Art Forms and Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits (NAF:TMFC) was a durational event that included symposia, exhibition, performances, workshops and social gatherings that took place in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 31 May – 30 June 2013 at Contemporary Art Tasmania (CAT), the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania and on the Internet.

NAF:TMFC brought together leading Australian and International artists and educators whose work responds to the emergent conditions of a networked world; a realm increasingly transmitted through fiber and code. Early-career Tasmanian artists were invited to respond to the work and ideas generated through the project. Participants are encouraged to adopt a feminist and holistic approach to digital culture, using various aesthetic tools and means to explore systems that enable insightful experiences with our increasingly machine based and interconnected existence. 

NAF:TMFC was a satellite event of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2013) and Dark MOFO 2013 for the presentation of Notorious R&D at CAST Saturday 23 May.

This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.