JOEL SANDERS is an architect practicing in New York City. Sanders is an adjunct professors at the Yale School of Architecture. Prior to Yale, he taught at Princeton University and the Parsons School of Design, where he was the director of the Graduate Program in Architecture. His work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions, including “Open House” at the Vitra Design Museum, “Cut: Revealing the Section” and “Glamour” at SF MoMA, “New Hotels for Global Nomads” at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the “Bienal de São Paulo” in São Paulo, Brazil, and “Unprivate House” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Projects designed in his practice belong to the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, SF MoMA, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh and his work has been showcased in numerous publications, including Architecture, Interior Design, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Wallpaper, and A+U.
JANET CARDIFF and GEORGE BURES MILLER are internationally recognized for their immersive multimedia works. Incorporating audio tracks into their installations, the artists create engaging and transcendent multi-sensory experiences which draw the viewer into ambiguous and unsettling narratives. Their works address themes such as time, voyeurism, dreams, and mystery. Janet and George live and work in Grindrod, British Columbia and Berlin, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at The Hamburger Banhoff, Berlin, Modern Art Oxford, The Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, the Miami Art Museum, the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, the Mathildenhöhe, Darmstatdt, as well as numerous other international venues. Their work has been presented at several prestigious institutions, including MoMA, New York, the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, San Francisco MOMA, the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, and the Tate Modern, London. Representing Canada at the 2001 Venice Biennale, Cardiff and Miller received the Biennale's Premio Prize and Benesse Prize. Most recently, the Akademie der Kunste awarded them the 2011 Kathe Kollwitz prize.
BARRY TRUAX is a Professor in the School of Communication (and formerly the School for the Contemporary Arts) at Simon Fraser University where he teaches courses in acoustic communication and electroacoustic music. He worked with the World Soundscape Project, editing its Handbook for Acoustic Ecology, and has published a book Acoustic Communication dealing with sound and technology. As a composer, Truax is best known for his work with the PODX computer music system which he has used for tape solo works, music theatre pieces and those with live performers or computer graphics. In 1991 his work, Riverrun, was awarded the Magisterium at the International Competition of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges, France. Truax’s multi-channel soundscape compositions are frequently featured in concerts and festivals around the world.
ARM began in Melbourne, Australia in 1986 as a collaboration between Steve Ashton, Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall. Since then, ARM has produced designs and analytical projects in architecture, urbanism, landscape and interior design. Their work has been awarded a number of national and international prizes and featured in international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale and Royal College of the Arts, London. Their projects have become known worldwide through publication such as Charles Jencks' Architecture of the Jumping Universe, Blueprint UK (Best Public Building 2001), 10x10, Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture, Architects Today, 2000 Architects and Design City Melbourne. ARM continues at the forefront of propositions and research in the diverse fields of digital imagery, in the perception of space and shape, and the conversion of digital ideas to built form.
MARSHALL DAY ACOUSTICS was established in 1981 and has grown to become one of Australia's largest and most respected acoustic consultants. The engineers in our Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney offices provide environmental noise assessment, architectural acoustics and vibration consulting services across Australia.
SUPER CRITICAL MASS (SCM) is a sonic arts company that brings together ‘masses’ of musicians playing identical instruments, spatialised within public places. The results are immersive and meditative performance-installations that articulate both instrument and architecture, within which audiences can freely move about or sit and absorb. SCM is thus a contemporary take on a number of traditions including the orchestra, homogenous ensembles, sound installation, community arts, and public art practice.
LAWRENCE HARVEY is a Senior Lecturer, responsible for direction of the SIAL Sound Studios, a centre for auditory spatial research, teaching and events, housed in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University. Harvey divides his time between direction of the Studios, practice-based research in spatial sound design and performance, and teaching. His research interests are in the design, composition and artistic direction of diverse spatial sound projects, and the auditory spatial experience of listeners. Over the last 10 years his work has expanded from freelance sound designer-composer to design researcher where he leads projects in which electroacoustic practices seek to advance the auditory spatial awareness of students and researchers in the academy and the general community, through an interlocking program of research, teaching and events. Harvey's interest in the electroacoustic studio as a community of practice dates back to the mid-1990's when he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research the management and operations of independent electroacoustic music centres in Paris, Amsterdam, London and New York.
SNAWKLOR is a decade long musical collaboration between visual artists Dylan Martorell and Nathan Gray. Snawklor as a duo make improvised electro acoustic music and sound installation with whatever is at hand exotic instruments, field recordings, toys and electronics. As a trio with Duncan Blachford on drums they explore the possibilities available only in louder volumes.
N is a curatorial collective founded in 2010 by Sam Spurr, Adrian Lahoud, and David Burns. We're interested in conversation as a strategy for generating critical and creative practice. We have created exhibitions, publications, academic research, and symposia both nationally and abroad, and held public discussions with such diverse individuals as philosopher Andrew Benjamin, architect Charles Renfro, Storefront for Art and Architecture director Eva Franch and graphic design celebrity Stefan Sagmeister.
N has a combined 25 years of academic experience directing programs, lecturing and tutoring in schools of art, architecture, and design in Australia, the United States and Europe.
PHILIP SAMARTZIS is Coordinator of Sound in the School of Art – RMIT University, where he teaches courses in Sound Culture, and Immersive Environments within the fine art degree. Philip researches in the areas of sound art, acoustic ecology and sound spatialization. Philip has performed and exhibited widely including presentations at The Cartier Foundation, Paris (2001); The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2002); The Mori Arts Centre, Tokyo (2003); The National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2009); and The South African National Museum, Cape Town (2010). He has curated five Immersion festivals focusing on the theory and practice of sound spatialisation, as well as Variable Resistance, a series of international sound art presentations for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2001), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2002) and the Podewil Art Centre, Berlin (2003). Philip has also published five solo compact discs. Philip uses field recordings of natural and constructed environments as his primary material to render densities of space and discrete zones of aural experience, which are arranged and mixed to reflect the acoustic and spatial complexities of everyday sound fields.
STEPHEN BRAM was born in Melbourne 1961, his paintings of simulated interiors are mediated by the use of computer aided spatial representations and rigorous mathematical systems. The generic architectural spaces that result are interiors composed of imploding shapes, rendered from a two point perspective existing outside the picture plane. His program of representing spatial interiors, devoid of occupants, takes up the geometry of abstraction with the interiority of architecture. Stephen’s work is held in many public collections such as Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Deakin University, Geelong. Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
ANDREW MACKENZIE has worked in the architectural industry for 20 years both in Australia and England as an architectural curator, commentator, editor, publisher and design competition consultant. He is a former Architectural Review Editor-in-Chief and currently with CityLab he has been appointed as the Competition Adviser for the Flinders Street Station Design Competition. During his nine year tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Review Australia Andrew established a new ‘ideas’ competition programme called Proposition, working across government and commercial sectors to explore architectural opportunity within challenging sites in New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria.
AMELIA BARIKIN is an independent curator and writer with a research focus on time-based contemporary art. Currently based in the Spatial Aesthetics program at the University of Melbourne, her recent curatorial projects include 'The Hello Project' (2011), 'Killing Time: Chris Koller A Video Retrospective' (2010), 'The Sound Playground', co-curated with Nella Themelios (2010), and 'Found Sound: The Experimental Instrument Project', co-curated with Albert Mishriki (2009). Amelia's book Parallel Presents: The Art of Pierre Huyghe will be published by MIT Press in 2012.
NELLA THEMELIOS is a curator and arts administrator. She currently holds the position of Creative Producer at Design Hub, RMIT and is also the Chair of the board of Victorian artist run initiative, BUS Projects. Previous to this she was the Coordinating Curator at Craft Victoria, the peak body for craft and design in Melbourne.