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Listening Club

Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey

Presented in Season 3 2021

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House in partnership with Science Gallery Melbourne

This event is free. Register via the links below

Wed 22 Sept 11 – 11.30am
with artist Dr Lou Bennett and scientist Dr Johanne Trippas 

Wed 29 Sept 11 – 11.30am
with artist Victoria Pham and scientist Dr Helena Bender

Wed 6 Oct 11 – 11.30am
with artist Bridget Chappell and scientist Professor Raoul Mulder

This event will be recorded.

Terms and conditions for this event can be found here [Word | PDF]

This Zoom event will have live AI captioning

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Refresh the listening device in your head with this series of playlists from artists and scientists.

As an alternative to the 11am presser, Listening Club is a no-stress, low-participation experience that offers a moment to unlink from the visual.

Listening Club invites you to eavesdrop on an audio encounter with people working in very different spheres. Dipping into both the overlapping and contrasting meanings of sound for each.

In a culture increasingly defined by the visual, what does listening mean today? Does our sonic environment affect us in unconscious ways, and do we hear more than we realise? Refresh your ears with this playful playlist of words and sounds.

Led by the inimitable Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, the Listening Club series consists of three instalments in which a different artist and scientist come together to see what alchemy results for the listener. Their offerings might be meandering or urgent, contemplative or fast-paced – we want to know what surprises unfold when strangers explore common territory for the first time.

As inaugural artists in residence at the Science Gallery Melbourne, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey have been navigating the ebbs and flows of a Science Gallery/ Arts House CultureLAB collaboration over the past year. One strand has been meeting with a range of scientists about the particular role that listening holds in their research practice. The resulting conversations have revealed the complex, highly specific, and varied knowledges that can be found through listening to sound in different ways. 



About the Creators

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey are Australian audio conceptual artists who create unexpected situations for listening. They have a long term collaborative practice. Their work is driven by a curiosity and questioning about listening in human culture and seeks to evolve and engage with new processes and audiences, through public and participative interventions.

Their highly awarded practice intertwines local, national and international relationships. Current areas of interest are the sound of existential risk, acoustics of the dark, the audio agents of artificial intelligence in public space, and long form socially engaged public art interventions. They live in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. Their work is documented at www.madeleineandtim.net

About the Artists

Dr Lou Bennett
Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung, Dr Lou Bennett is a former member of the internationally acclaimed music trio Tiddas. Bennett is a consummate performer, playing audiences worldwide. Lou is the McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne researching the obstacles and ethical issues related to retrieving and transmitting Aboriginal languages cross-culturally and across different generations.

Victoria Pham
Victoria Pham is an installation artist, composer and evolutionary biologist. She currently is a PhD Candidate in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Her specialisation is in archaeo-acoustic technology and evolution of music. Her work is driven by explorations into the connections between second-hand memory, examining modes of decolonisation, communal storytelling and ecological expressions of construction.

Bridget Chappell
Bridget Chappell is an artist who makes, codes, and DJs dance music as Hextape. They create data-driven sound installations ranging from 3D interactive electromagnetic fields, to sonifications of colonisation and pirate radio stations. They founded and run the award-winning program Sound School that works to center marginalised voices in media arts and make experimental sound technologies to challenge police sirens and State sonic weapons.

About the Scientists

Dr Johanne Trippas
Dr Johanne Trippas is a Doreen Thomas Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from RMIT University, Melbourne. Johanne's research is at the intersection of information retrieval, conversational systems, and human-computer interaction, focusing on how these systems can assist users to satisfy their information needs.

Dr Helena Bender
Dr Helena Bender is a behavioural ecologist interested in the use of sound in interactions. Her early research investigated sounds produced by a coral reef fish (Dascyllus trimaculatus), and the behaviours that accompanied these sounds. Helena also explores the use of sound for managing eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) in agricultural and road contexts as well as the research practices used in social ecological systems, which recognises that systems cannot be isolated as either social or ecological, that they are interdependent and entangled.

Professor Raoul Mulder
Professor Raoul Mulder is an ecologist who studies bird behavior, particularly social behavior: the myriad ways in which animals interact with each other from cooperation to conflict, mating, parenting and predator avoidance. His research seeks to understand how variation in bird calls and songs within and between species can be explained by sexual differences, function, and more recently, context: the environment within which communication takes place. In both natural and urbanised environments, background noise can interfere with effective communication, and birds have evolved some ingenious solutions to this problem.

Supported by – Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey are Science Gallery’s inaugural artists in residence as part of CultureLAB at Arts House. Listening Club is an outcome of their residency and is supported by the City of Melbourne through Arts House and the Australia Council for the Arts and by the University of Melbourne through Science Gallery Melbourne.

Image – Tim Humphrey