Spatial-Golding - photo by Katja Goljat SONICA
Spatial-Golding - photo by Katja Goljat SONICA
Spatial-Golding (photo by Katja Goljat, Sonica Festival, Ljubljana)

ACMI & Liquid Architecture present

Liquid Architecture x Light

Featuring a pre-recorded introduction from Lis Rhodes

Unclassified (All Ages)

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Sat 15 Oct 2022

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An evening of experimental sound and cinema inspired by Lis Rhodes’ 1975 film installation Light Music.

Light Music, presented in ACMI’s Gallery 3 as part of Light: Works from Tate’s Collection, is Lis Rhodes’ response to what she perceived as the lack of attention paid to women composers in European music.

Rhodes’ film set out to counter not only the enduring hegemony of narrative cinema, but also male domination within the avant-garde at the time. It was a call for a feminist filmmaking aesthetics embracing both the abstraction, and collective sociality, of light, shadow and smoke.

This one-off performance program is a response to Rhodes’ work, celebrating the rich culture of sound and image experimentation by contemporary women artists in Australia, presented by ACMI in partnership with Liquid Architecture.

The program features new audiovisual performances by acclaimed artists Sally Golding, Bonnie Mercer, amby downs and Carmen-Sibha Keiso whose works will be presented alongside rare screenings of two early films by Rhodes, Dresden Dynamo (1971) and Light Reading (1978).

Running order

8.00pm Event starts
8.20pm Intra Protocol – Sally Golding
8.40pm Dresden Dynamo (Lis Rhodes, 1971, 16mm)
8.45pm Street Corner (Carmen-Sibha Keiso) with live performance by Bonnie Mercer
9.05pm Light Reading (Lis Rhodes, 1978, 16mm)
9.25pm I am holding my breath – amby downs
9.45pm Event concludes

Event duration

120 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)


Cinema 1, Level 2
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About the performers

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amby downs

amby downs is the musical pseudonym of interdisciplinary artist Tahlia Palmer, whose work explores history, identity and connection to Country through layers of distorted noise, cavernous reverberations, abstracted and found images, and field recordings.

Artist statement | Bio

Sally Golding photo by Arianna Lago

Sally Golding

Sally Golding’s audiovisual performances draw from her background in expanded cinema and avant-garde music to create powerful sensory experiences that set out to simultaneously disorient and seduce the spectator. This will be Sally Golding’s first performance in Australia since 2015.

Artist statement | Bio

Bonnie Mercer

Bonnie Mercer

Bonnie Mercer is an improvising guitarist who for the past 25 years has been making earth-shattering, transcendental, and experimental noise music.

Artist statement | Works

Carmen Keiso

Carmen-Sibha Keiso

Carmen-Sibha Keiso is an Arab multimedia artist and curator working in performance, video, and text.

Artist Statement | Website

Light: Works from Tate's Collection

Exhibition | 16 Jun – 13 Nov 2022

From Turner to Kusama, celebrate the groundbreaking artists who harnessed the elemental force of light over 200 years of art history.

The Passing Winter, 2005, Yayoi Kusama. Tate: Purchased with funds provided by the Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2008. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo: Tate

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