Photo: Fergus Floyd

Archives in Motion

Saturday 28 October 2017

Join us for a stimulating and innovative day of performances, discussions and readings inspired by the exhibition, TarraWarra International 2017All that is solid… Enjoy wine service on the beautiful grounds of the Museum as we explore the current exhibition through sound, poetry and text.

Archives in Motion incorporates sound art performances throughout the day curated by Jessica Row for Liquid Architecture, including a sonic bus tour for those coming from the city.


The worlds created by the artists in this exhibition and the situations that have inspired them are characterised by forms of transition, change and fluidity. Didem Erk, Cao Fei, Tom Nicholson, Patrick Pound and Cyrus Tang each work with ‘non-solid’ processes such as dissolution, tearing, cutting, melting, ruination, chewing, piercing and cancelling. For many of the artists exhibited here, the archive is an important generator of ideas.


For guests travelling from the city, join Melbourne’s DJ Sezzo Snot who will hack the vehicle’s sound system to present ‘The Grain in the Stone’, an eclectic music set exploring abandoned pasts and imagined futures framed through the moving panorama of the bus window. The bus leaves from Fed Square at 11am, returning at the conclusion of the day. Pre-sold tickets only.

Coffee & pastries for sale in the Museum Courtyard

Archives in the Present PANEL DISCUSSION

Panel discussion with TarraWarra International 2017: All that is solid… artists Tom Nicholson, Patrick Pound and Cyrus Tang. Moderated by Victoria Lynn

The anarchivist: acts of re-membering RESPONSE TO THE EXHIBITION

Reading by poet and novelist Lia Hills, author of The Crying Place, published by Allen & Unwin


Melbourne artist Jacqui Shelton’s vocal performance ‘Fermenting’ will be recited via megaphone by the Museum’s lake, while in the North Gallery, Australian / Chilean artist Bryan Philips A.K.A. Galambo presents ‘Torn’ an electroacoustic enactment of the torn territories around TarraWarra Museum of Art.

Picturing Holes with Erik Jensen, WRITING & CONCEPTS

Picturing Holes is the final lecture in the 2017 WRITING & CONCEPTS series with Erik Jensen.

Kate Jennings says she writes about silences. Her books are full of ellipses – the holes families cut to make life bearable. After working through her archive, Erik Jensen reflects on the way biography attempts to knit these holes, how a person and their art is made up of the bits they choose not to show.

Erik Jensen is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper. His first book, Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen, won the Nib Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

WRITING & CONCEPTS is produced by Jan van Schaik, published by ART + AUSTRALIA, and proudly supported by the RMIT Design Hub, RMIT Architecture & Urban Design, the RMIT School of Art, Spring 1883, and MvS Architects.


Melbourne artist Geoff Robinson presents ‘Itinerant Sound – All That is Solid…’ a participatory hand bell performance moving from the Museum to surrounding grounds, and Eric Avery, a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Gumbangirri and Bundjalung man, performs in the North Gallery, using language and violin to express the interconnection of sound and voice to history and back to country.

Return bus ride to Fed Square


As part of the Sound Art Performances, Liquid Architecture require 30 people to participate in ringing hand bells to an instructional score, beginning inside Tarrawarra Museum and gradually moving to the outside grounds over a 30 minute duration. Participation is a key part of experiencing the performance. Participants are required between 3.30pm – 4.30pm.


$35 – Full Price (event entry only)
$30 – Concession & TWMA Members (event entry only)
$45 – Liquid Architecture Bus (Return bus trip + event entry) Bus Tickets Sold Out

Complimentary wines supplied by TarraWarra Estate.
Cheese supplied by Yarra Valley Dairy.


WRITING & CONCEPTS is a public lecture series and publication reflecting on the relationship between the process of writing and the development of social, political and philosophical questions within contemporary arts and cultural practice.

Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound and listening. Their program stages encounters and creates spaces for sonic experience, and critical reflection on sonority and systems of sonic affect. To do this, they host experiences at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music, supporting artists to produce performances and concerts, exhibitions, talks, reading groups, workshops and recordings in art spaces, music venues and other sites. Liquid Architecture is curatorially driven and their methodology embraces research, collaborations and imaginations. They want to echo beyond local conversations, problems, debates and questions, to reverberate across media and disciplines, and so to sound out new discourses about the audible world, and beyond.

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