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Take centre stage as a performer, or watch in awe from the audience. Either way, see kitchen appliances come to life through a cacophony of sound and movement with 'Sonic Alchemy.'
Drawing on the Convent’s past as a monastic site, Juliana España Keller’s 'Sonic Alchemy' uses kitchen tools and appliances to deliver an explosive Sound Art piece for all to enjoy. If a week-long residency learning Performative Improvisation, Sound Exploration and the practice of Deep Listening sounds like you, why not join as a volunteer participant?
Public performance: To attend this free public performance and artist Q&A on Saturday 27 May, 2 – 3.30pm, book tickets via Eventbrite.
Volunteer participants: If you are interested in volunteering to be part of this performance, and can dedicate a week from Monday 22 May – Saturday 27 May to learning in-residence at the Convent with artist, Juliana España Keller, see the schedule in the downloads section of this webpage, and register by Thursday 18 May via the volunteer registration form. Please note, spaces are limited so get in quick!
About 'Sonic Alchemy'
The communal kitchen workplace shapes our daily experience. In the context of Abbotsford Convent, by 1900 the Convent was the largest charitable institution operating in the southern hemisphere, and at its peak more than 1,000 women and children lived behind its enclosed walls.
Through, ‘Sonic Alchemy,’ the social experience of working in the kitchen is regenerated by the collective experience of volunteers. In a workshop format, they will create a Public Kitchen that strongly integrates visual, vocal and theatrical components. This week-long project is choreographed in situ to introduce participants to the concepts of sound improvisation using kitchen tools and motored kitchen appliances, and the manipulation and bending of such tools / appliances to make sound art.
The final presentation by the participants will fuse cryptic beats and experimental noise with live electronic sound improvisation created by the amplification of manipulated kitchen apparatus and electronic hardware to be presented at Abbotsford Convent.
Join artist Juliana España Keller after the performance for a brief Q&A about ‘Sonic Alchemy,’ her processes and research methodologies and how this work fits into her body of work.
About the Artist
Juliana España Keller is a Canadian artist and educator, now living in Melbourne. Her practice-based research seeks to explore elements of music, sound, time, space, and subjectivity through the power of ‘deep listening’, using the kitchen table as a platform to collaborate and create electronic sound partitions with simple kitchen tools and appliances.
Juliana seeks to fuse sound and sociality; touching on micro-social musical communities, and music and social groups, as these patterns of aural stimulation appear in formation and live abstraction. These projects are mostly audio visual live-sound art events that take the form of workshops, adventures, discussions and social events. The focus is on making connections that encourage people towards self-reflection and a deeper engagement with society and the medium of sound.
Juliana is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Production at VCA.
This project was proudly commissioned by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation.
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