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These artworks address communication through voice and language and the interplay between hearing and listening (the vocal, the spoken) and seeing and reading (the visual, the written). Using collaboration and performance with field recording, digital imaging and the spoken/written word I am currently exploring an expanded approach to language within species and across species through a framework of everyday experience and the maladaptive, mixed and complex conditions that occur in our cities today.


Fivex Art Prize Two digital billboards, corner Flinders and Elizabeth Streets, central Melbourne
14 December 2020 to 31 January 2021 (First Prize)

    Current and Recent 2024

Art project coming up at the Tate Institute in early August 2024
An innovative initiative that takes the Tate Institute a beloved, derelict building and turns it into a living, breathing human enterprise zone for locals, creatives and entrepreneurs – all in a ground-breaking and sustainable way.
Located in Silvertown, Royal Docks, the Tate Institute holds a special place in the community’s heart. Originally built by Henry Tate for his sugar factory workers, it was a central hub until the early 2000s when it sadly closed its doors. We’re a grassroots organisation that recently won the tender for the abandoned yet magnificent Tate Institute. The REinsTate project is the culmination of 10 years work by ReSpace Projects and 4 years of engagement from the team at Craftory Newham.


Quiet Urgency: Disturbing Sonic Ecologies 5-8 June 2024
Soncities X MA Cities, Central St Martins, London
Organised by Gascia Ouzounian, John Bingham-Hall, Diana Ibáñez López

The aim of this week is to bring together colleagues engaged in conceptualising, planning, performing and designing sonic ecologies, to reflect critically on this concept and how it might be translated into city-making practice. It takes place in the context of the 20th anniversary of the Sounder City strategy, the Mayor’s Ambient Noise Strategy for London – which still stands as the main policy document dealing with qualitative aspects of soundscape – and will aim to produce speculative policy interventions to update the strategy for the current moment.

    Deep Speech-Dialogues Inter-especes
With Catherine Clover, Maeve Longvert, Oussama Tabti curated by Elena Biserna and LabGamerz
as part of Biennale d'Aix Vernissage 6 April a 15h
6 April - 5 May, 2024 Chapelle Venel, 27 Rue Venel, Aix-en-Provence, France
My contribution is a site specific visual response to the language of the local bird the Wallcreeper via the chapel architecture and acoustics
A Festival of Experimental Musics curated by Juliet Fraser
Cafe Oto London 21-24 March 2024
Experiments in Failure forum dates 23, 24 March
My contribution is based on my handwritten transcription process for notating the birds, a process that is slow, awkward, dithering, faltering – a failure compared to the supremely streamlined delivery of most birds

Words from the Wild
Symposium at Royal Holloway, University of London
Language and ecology. The Words and Worlds symposium on 22 March 2024 will explore the possibilities of language as an intermediary between humans, plants, animals, and other nonhuman beings.
Keynote speaker Simon Morris
My contribution is a voicing based on Common Blackbirds as birds of empire

    Recent 2023
    Birds of the Footscray District
Five Walls
Gallery 4 - A small solo show of photographs based on a bird field guide published in 1939
Address - Level 1, 119-121, Hopkins Street, Footscray Melbourne 3011 Australia
Opening - Friday 17 November 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates - 15 November - 2 December 2023
Opening Hours Wed-Sat 12-6
    Carolee Schneemann’s Cats
with art collective Cats Like Plain Crisps
Blindside Gallery 1 - A group exhibition celebrating artist and icon Carolee Schneemann
Address - Nicholas Building Level 7, Room 14, 37, Swanston Street Melbourne 3000 Australia
Opening - Thurs 9 November 2023, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates 8 November - 2 December 2023
Opening Hours Wed-Sat 12-6
    TO)pot Radical Walking Festival Ljubljana Slovenia
28 Sep – 1 Oct 2023 Cukrarna and public spaces Cukrarna Gallery Poljanski Nasip 40 Ljubljana, Slovenia
This year's TO)pot has undergone radical changes! Wider, louder and more colourful we return to the public spaces of Ljubljana, with the main venue located in Cukrarna. As part of a three-day program and many pre-festival events at various locations, this year's festival presents the works of artists, researchers and theorists.
Participating artists: a l l j a, Elena Biserna, Catherine Clover, Amanda Gutiérrez, Ida Hiršenfelder, Jata C, katrinem, Aldo Milohni?, Boštjan Perovšek, Irena Pivka, Anna Raimondo, OR poiesis, Tim Shaw, Jacek Smolicki, Marko Poga?nik, Neja Tomši? and Brane Zorman
Online exhibition as part of (Un) Common Worlds III Oulu Finland
curated by Ang Bartram
A Silence of Storks by Steve Baker and Catherine Clover
A Silence of Storks is drawn from our larger collaborative project Storks and Cities. Steve works primarily with photography, and Cath works primarily with sound and text. Collaboratively we try to give concise but not literal expression to our experience of how humans and storks simultaneously inhabit the sonic and visual cityscapes in which we have observed them. A silence of storks is one of the collective terms for a group of storks

Ventriloquism, Performance, and Contemporary Art
Edited By Jennie Hirsh, Isabelle Loring Wallace
(London and New York: Routledge, 2023)
This volume calls attention to the unexpected prevalence of ventriloqual motifs and strategies within contemporary art. Engaging with issues of voice, embodiment, power, and projection, the case studies assembled in this volume span a range of media from painting, sculpture, and photography to installation, performance, architecture, and video. Importantly, they both examine and enact ventriloqual practices, and do so as a means of interrogating and performatively bearing out contemporary conceptions of authorship, subjectivity, and performance. Put otherwise, the chapters in this book oscillate seamlessly between art history, theory, and criticism through both analytical and performative means. Across twelve essays on ventriloquism in contemporary art, the authors, who are curators, historians, and artists, shine light on this outdated practice, repositioning it as a conspicuous and meaningful trend within a range of artistic practices today.


Listening Walk, West London - 8 Miles from Hyde Park Corner
Saturday 15 July, 12.30 - 2.15pm
Sunday 16 July, 1.15 - 3pm
Meet at Richmond Station (underground /verground )
As part of #EnCOUnTERs X #MusicandOtherLivingCreatures
A Helen Frosi/Café Oto Off-Site activity
Join us on Sat or Sun 15/16th July (start times are shaped by the Thames tides) for a walk with our avian companions. We'll be walking, listening, voicing and languaging as Catherine guides us through Royal Parkland and our historic uneasy relationship with winged creatures and the Crown-appropriated land they inhabit. The walk is limited to 15 participants.

    Art and the City: Urban Space, Art and Social Change
Columbia Global Center, Amman, Jordan
June 11-14, 2023
Artist Keynote Listening, Walking and Languaging in the City: An Incomplete Field Guide to the Voices of the Birds of Amman

Birds and Language
A bumper new issue of Unlikely Journal edited by Madeleine Kelly and Jen Valender
There are two components to this issue -
Issue 08 Birds and Language
Project Space Birds and Language
My contribution is in the Project Space, titled Now and Then: Buln Buln encounters Common Blackbird
With thanks
Jan Incoll of the Sherbrooke Lyrebird Study Group

    Going Out - Walking, Listening, Soundmaking
Edited by Elena Biserna with Julia Echhardt, Henry Andersen, Caroline Profanter,
Q-02/Umland Press Bruxelles 2022 ISBN : 978-90-8264-956-7
My contribution is a polyphonic/writerly extension of OH! AH AH PREE TRRA TRRA


In the pipeline 2023-2024

** Postponed Covid 19 Taiwanese Contemporary Arts Residency Language and Liberty coordinated by SITUATE RMIT University, Taipei National University of the Arts and Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts,Taiwan




Teaching (current 2024)
Swinburne University/Open University Australia Master of Writing (MA-WRI) (distance learning)
Goldsmiths London Centre for Academic Language and Literacies
RMIT University Melbourne Career Mentoring Arts Industry for Undergrad+Postgrad students

    Acknowledgement of Country
I respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I work and live (Naarm - Melbourne), for which sovereignty was never ceded, and wish to pay my respects to Elders of the Kulin Nation past, present, and emerging
    Creative Commons License These artworks are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License


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