Why Listen To Animals?


20 Oct 2016, 6:30pm-10pm, Westspace, FREE

Eric Avery (Sydney) is a Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan man from the Yuin, Gumbayngirr and Bandjalang peoples of NSW, and the recipient of the Naturestrip commission. Eric will paint and perform a graphic score for a song inspired by his meat name, Marrawuy Kabi (Red Kangaroo).



Through experiment and alchemy, Rob Thorne (of Ngati Tumutumu iwi) extends traditional Maori flutes and horns made from stone, bone, shell and wood deep into the present.  A conversation between the past and the present – a musical passage of identity and connection. By listening, we bring ourselves closer to animals, and our collective animal hearing.

Cecilia Vicuña (Chile) and Camila Marambio (Chile). Legendary Chilean dissident spirit confrontation in the war zone between orality and textuality. Cleaving open a space in the belly of the beast, weaving language’s energies and memories into a radically open listening.

Melbourne artist Will Foster and Sydney dancer Sabrina D’Angelo respond to lyrebird’s modes of display, referencing the Australian Ballet’s production of The Display (1964) by Robert Helpmann, with costumes designed by Sidney Nolan. Begging for love and attention, the Superb Lyrebird mimics the worst of human behaviours.

Experimental animalistic song suite by artist and rock musician Tamsen Hopkinson plus Julia McFarlane of The Twerps plus Melbourne’s best drummer Max Kohane.

THU 20 Oct 2016, 6:30pm-10pm FREE

This experimental project by Liquid Architecture reframes English writer and artist John Berger’s classic 1980 essay ‘Why Look at Animals?’ through the prism of sound and listening. We gather together artists, musicians, scientists and historians to investigate human-animal sound via the dynamics of power, knowledge and value in the pursuit of a new question: ‘Why Listen to Animals?’

In partnership with West Space, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Naturestrip, Australian Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Melbourne

Supported by City of Melbourne