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MILK Exhibition

An Ear to the Edge of Sound

Curator│Josephine Mead

Artists│Lucreccia Quintanilla, AM Kanngieser, Grace Ferguson, Julian Tuna, Katie Stackhouse & Tina Stefanou

August 11 - 25 

OPENING: Thursday August 11, 6pm


Performance, Abby Sundborn, Grace Ferguson & Sophie Weston, Saturday August 13, 6pm

Syncopation performance, Katie Stackhouse, Wednesday August 17, 6pm

SPILT Milk, Thursday August 25, 6pm

Public programs are FREE. All welcome!

small_01_Tina Stefanou, Miming for Mines_ You Can’t Hear Faith, 2022, film stills, photogr



For An Ear to the Edge of Sound six artists have been invited to think through sound and listening in an expanded sense. 

Dr Lucreccia Quintanilla is concerned with sound & the collective. She is an artist, DJ & writer and educator & has recently completed her Doctoral research titled: Whose Myth? The Echo and the Diaspora, at Monash University.  At the core of her ongoing project is sound as a mode of knowledge transference & with this in mind Quintanilla creates written works, sculptural & painting works. In recent years she is interested in the potential of sound & amplification. She has constructed a soundsystem speaker stack in the Jamaican sound system style as a point of departure for thinking about culture, multiplicity, collaboration, joy, resilience, dancing & music/sound experimentation. Quintanilla has presented at the Sound System Outernational Conference in Naples, Italy & the  has been a resident artist at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada. Quintanilla is a soundsystem operator of General Feelings Sound. 

AM Kanngieser is a German, first generation Australian sound artist, geographer and writer living in Naarm. They work through listening and attunement to approach the relations between people, place and ecologies, combining oral testimony, poetry, and voice with hyper-detailed soundscapes and fieldrecordings to create immersive installations and radio art pieces. They are the author of Experimental Politics and the Making of Worlds (2013) and Between Sound and Silence: Listening towards Environmental Relations (forthcoming). They are a co-founder of the Institute for Freshwater Fish Futures and work extensively in collaboration with Pacific storytellers, artists, advocates and grassroots organisers. Their audio work has been commissioned by Documenta 14 Radio, BBC 3, ABC Radio National, The Natural History Museum London, and Deutschland Radio, amongst others. Their radio art piece “And Then The Sea Came Back” was Jury nominated for the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica, and they have been featured in international arts and music publications including The Wire: Adventures in Sound and Music, Quietus, Transmediale, Outline and Art Quarterly magazines

Katie Stackhouse completed a Master of Contemporary Art at Victorian College of the Arts, Naarm/Melbourne, in 2021. Her artwork examines notions of time, landscape & contemporary human interaction with specific sites & natural environments. Stackhouse studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy (Netherlands). In 2020, Stackhouse was commissioned by A Published Event to write Granite. She was a recipient of the VCA Access Mentoring Award (2019) & has exhibited in several solo exhibitions & multiple curated group exhibitions & awards including the Woollahra Small Sculpture Award (2018) & Praxis 5, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2019). Stackhouse has completed multiple private commissions & has been the recipient of numerous grants through Regional Arts Australia. She was awarded a residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in the USA. Other residencies include the Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier in the Netherlands & Durrmu Arts Centre in Peppimenarti, Australia. Her work is included in private collections throughout Australia, Europe, Japan & the USA.

Tina Stefanou is a Greek-Australian artist living on unceded Wurundjeri country in Wattle Glen, Victoria. With a background as a vocalist, she works undisciplined, with & across a diverse range of mediums, practices, approaches and labours. As a means to seek more inclusive ways of making & to frame tangled relationships, she engages in multispecies performance with a family of local others, friends not-yet-made, and poet(h)ic meetings of matter. Stefanou has performed & exhibited locally & internationally including: Salt Museum (Istanbul); Kadist Gallery (Paris); Le Pavé d'Orsay (Paris); the University of Music and Performing Arts (Graz); Residency Corazon Gallery (La Plata); The Yellow House (Sydney); The Sydney Opera House; Stacks Projects (Sydney); Carriageworks (Sydney); The Ian Potter Museum (Melbourne); Blindside Gallery (Melbourne); Cementa (Kandos); Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne); Perth Institute of Contemporary Art; McClelland Gallery (Langwarrin); Hamer Hall; Australian Centre of Contemporary Art; MONA; Rosi Braidotti Posthuman Artist Labs; Art + Australia website & Collingwood Yards.

Growing up in the bottom-right corner of Australia, Julian photographed his early life on a goat farm. A little odd, visually beautiful with an unassuming human insight, Julian represents a fresh type of narrative in the new Australian landscape, working across narrative, commercial & music video. His films, including Widowers (Palm Springs, Vancouver International, Flickerfest), have screened at festivals internationally & have been featured on Nowness, Rolling Stone, The Shiny List & many more. He is on his 10 millionth draft of his debut feature. Ask him about it if you dare. Julian is based in Naarm & his mum is very proud of him. 

Grace Ferguson is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and piano educator based at Eastmint Studios in Naarm, Australia. Her practice encompasses a variety of music projects including the presentation of solo art music & ensemble collaborations, as well as composition & sound design for theatre, dance & film. Grace's works often reflect curiosity in the creation & recasting of memories; the process by which they emerge, unfold, layer & interact with the present & environment. Coalescing composed & improvised material, Grace’s live performances draw from her classical training and other historic music traditions; although she often enjoys subverting many of these conventions through an abstract, feminine lens. Grace is represented by Stella Schiftan, Crown Ruler.

Josephine Mead is a visual artist, writer & curator based on Wurundjeri woi-wurrung Country. She works through photography, sculpture, installation & writing to explore personal notions of support. She has exhibited widely, both nationally & internationally. She has undertaken residency programs in Mexico (the Arquetopia Foundation Residency), rural Victoria (the Macfarlane Fund Residency), Turkey (Tasarim Bakkali TAB Residency), Portugal (Córtex Frontal Residency) & Germany (ZK/U Residency through Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik). She was an inaugural Room to Create studio artist at Collingwood Yards (2020-21), was Chair of Artistic Directors for Blindside Gallery (2020-22), is co-founder of  Co- Publishing, alongside Christine McFetridge & is one of the founding Artistic Directors of MILK Gallery.

This exhibition has been made possible through generous support from City of Melbourne, Bodriggy, Yarra City Arts through City of Yarra and Minimum.

Image: Tina Stefanou, Miming for Mines: You Can’t Hear Faith, 2022, film stills, photography by Wil Normyle.
[Image Description: A woman, dressed as a mime, with red hair, stands in an auditorium with her hands stretched upwards to the roof. A lectern and chairs are behind her.]

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