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Introducing Tidal Volume: a sound-based digital residency

We’re pleased to announce an exciting new project our Indigenous Cultural Program team have been working on. Tidal Volume is an international digital residency facilitating connections between local and international First Nations artists.

Presented in partnership with Vancouver-based organisations grunt gallery and The Blue Cabin Floating Residency Program, four Indigenous artists across Vancouver Canada and Melbourne Australia will work in collaboration to produce ground-breaking new work that experiments with sound, song, language, spoken word and text – connecting through conversation across distance.

Artists Maya Hodge (Lardil & Yangkaal) and Jarra Steel (Boonwurrung & Wemba Wemba) will participate in this four-week exploratory sound-based exchange with Salia Joseph (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Snuneymuxw) and Orene Askew (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh).

Produced in the context of the pandemic, Tidal Volume asks us to consider what presence means when we can’t be in physical spaces together. How might we communicate—and listen—differently?

Throughout the residency program, the two artist-teams will exchange sound works, knowledge and ideas. As both residency locations are situated near waterways and coastlines, water sets the basis for the artists’ exploration, with rivers and oceans representing rich history, complex currents, exchange and deep knowledge. The  project also brings to the fore increasingly urgent discussions around nationhood, access, jurisdictional boundaries and climate change, to interrogate and expand our global understanding of the land and waters around us.

Tidal Volume extends a conversation from a 2019 residency in Vancouver with Australian Gunditjmara, Keerray Wurrong artist, language keeper, culture bearer and Footscray Community Arts Centre Indigenous Advisory Group member, Vicki Couzens.

Through this project, we hope to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between First Nations artists, communities and regions globally.

Check our social media and grunt gallery Facebook and Instagram for updates and information about the project.


Funded by the generous support of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Image: Wominjeka, 2019, cropped detail. Photo Gianna Rizzo.


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