July 24 - October 20 2018
Curated by Joel Stern (Liquid Architecture) and James Parker (Melbourne Law School)
Eavesdropping is a unique collaboration between Liquid Architecture and Melbourne Law School, comprising an exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, a public program, series of working groups and touring event which explores the politics of listening through work by leading artists, researchers, writers and activists from Australia and around the world. This project pursues an expanded definition of eavesdropping, one that includes contemporary mechanisms for listening-in but also activist practices of listening back, that is concerned with malicious listenings but also the responsibilities of the earwitness.
The exhibition includes new work by Fayen d'Evie and Jen Bervin, in collaboration with Bryan Phillips and Andy Slater. The installation is the inaugural artistic outcome emanating from d'Evie and Bervin's conversations in the context of Bervin’s participation in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) artist-in-residence programme. The installation will experiment with the dynamics of dissipated and concentrated listening, through sculptural assemblage and ultrasonic projection of stories of individuals and collectives dedicated to listening to extraterrestrial signals.