Polyphonic Social 2017

Polyphonic Social is an annual Liquid Architecture project with the proposition that artists think about polyphony in a vastly expanded way.

Polyphony: having two or more voices or parts, each with an independent melody, but all harmonising.

Polyphonics have much artistic and social potential: to make difference audible, to ‘sound’ disobedience, choreograph dissonance, and explore the harmonies possible when we bring voices together (and apart) in a shared space.

The 2017 Polyphonic Social program takes place over two events; the first, a Saturday evening concert at The Good Shepherd Chapel, and the second, a full afternoon of activities across various Convent spaces.

2017 participants: Uncle Bill Nicholson (Wurundjeri Elder); Áine O’Dwyer (Ireland); Lin Chi-Wei (Taiwan); Joseph Jordania & Melbourne Georgian Choir (Georgia; Melbourne); Hi God People (Melbourne); Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations featuring Bruce Mowson, Aviva Endean, Danae Valenza, and Fayen d’Evie (Melbourne); Rosie Isaac (Melbourne).


Polyphonic Social: Part One
Áine O’Dwyer’s (Ireland), Joseph Jordania & Melbourne Georgian Choir , Erkki Veltheim, Rohan Drape and Alex Garsden (of Inland Concert Series)
Saturday 13 May 2017
8pm – 10pm
The Good Shepherd Chapel at Abbotsford Convent
Tickets $15 / $12


Polyphonic Social: Part Two
Day two of the Polyphonic Social Program offers a ‘polyphony of polyphonies’. Multiple experimental works will overlap across times, spaces (tiled halls, salons, parlours, and the Convent’s famed indoor-outdoor in-between zones) and experiences (in sound and listening – moments that invite participation, imagination, and, in the case of one work, a moment to recline).
Sunday 14 May 2017
10am – 6pm
Abbotsford Convent, various spaces


Polyphonic Social is funded through the Creative Yarra Grants Program


Image: Lin Chi-Wei , Tape Music: Score for Musarc (2015)