Presented by Liquid Architecture, Melbourne International Film Festival and ACMI

Michel Chion: The Audio-Spectator

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In an Australian first, Michel Chion is coming to ACMI for a momentous concert and a lecture performance during MIFF. Michel Chion’s visit to Australia for the first time is an historic and unlikely-to-be repeated occasion that will see Chion present two events: a performative lecture and an epic two-and-a-half-hour concert.

Born in 1947, Chion is a composer, filmmaker, historian and writer – and arguably the world's foremost thinker on sound in cinema.

In the 1970s he was a member of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), the influential collective led by composer and theoretician Pierre Schaeffer and dedicated to furthering the art of ‘musique concrète’ through experiments in audiovisual communication, audible phenomena and music in general. Since the 1980s, Chion has written extensively on the relationship of sound and image in cinema, publishing what many consider the definitive theoretical guide to the subject Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen. In this momentous book, Chion advances a whole new lexicon for describing audio-visual concepts via the works of Jacques Tati, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Luc Godard and others.

Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound.

Generously supported by Alliance Francais.