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Alluvial Gold: Collaborative Creativity Across Visual Art and Sound

Alluvial Gold: Collaborative Creativity Across Visual Art and Sound

Join us for a workshop exploring the collaboration between visual art and sound with Alluvial Gold Artists Dr. Louise Devenish, Dr. Stuart James, and Erin Coates.

Alluvial Gold is a visceral drama to the often-forgotten worlds below the surface of the Derbarl Yerrigan and other Australian rivers. Created by percussionist Louise Devenish, composer Stuart James and visual artist Erin Coates, this work looks closely at the devastating impact of colonisation and industrialisation over time, Alluvial Gold considers the ecologies, materials and histories of rivers.

Using instruments modelled on dolphin bones, native oyster shells and marine ecology, Alluvial Gold combines percussion, sculpture and field recordings providing a unique experience to see and hear beneath the surface.

Developed by an interdisciplinary team, Alluvial Gold was created through a non-discipline-dominant creative process. The creative team worked together to develop this work from conception to completion, guided by an ethos of sharing and transferral of ideas, techniques and methods across a wide range of materials to explore their sonic and visual possibilities. The result is a ‘post-instrumental’ performance work that uses both sonic and non-sonic materials for musical performance. In this workshop, the artists will discuss and demonstrate their approach to interdisciplinary collaboration, using examples from Alluvial Gold.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr Louise Devenish, Dr Stuart James and Erin Coates and is open to artists at any stage of their practice with an interest in cross-disciplinary and hybrid performance.

Applicants will be accepted via an expression of interest (EoI) process.

Submissions close Sunday 12 June, 5 pm

Please submit your EOI here.

About the Artists

Dr Louise Devenish is an award-winning percussive artist whose creative practice blends performance, artistic research and collaboration with composers, visual artists, designers and improvisors. As a soloist and with ensembles Decibel, The Sound Collectors, Speak Percussion and Intercurrent, she has appeared at festivals including MONA FOMA, Shanghai World Expo, Ojai Music Festival, Tage für Neue Musik, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Tongyeong International Music Festival. Acknowledged for ‘interpretive flair and technical brilliance’, her performances can be heard on international labels HatArt, Ezz-thetics, Listen/Hear, Immediata, Navona, Tall Poppies, and room40. Louise is currently undertaking an Australian Research Council Fellowship at Monash University.

Dr Stuart James  is an award-winning Western Australian-based composer, performer, sound designer, audio engineer, and producer. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by TaikOz, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the WASO New Music Ensemble, the Sartory String Quartet, Michael Kieran Harvey, Adam Pinto, and have been recorded and released on Tall Poppies and the ABC. James is a founding member of Decibel New Music ensemble and is currently Lecturer in composition and music technology at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. Stuart holds a PhD in spatial audio, spectral synthesis, and wave terrain synthesis research, and has continued to publish regularly on music technology.

Erin Coates is a visual artist working across drawing, sculpture and film. Her work is informed by her deep interest in biology, science fiction and genre film cultures. Drawing from her own background in rock climbing and freediving, her practice focuses on the limits of our bodies and physical interaction with and within given environments. Recent work has centred on Australia’s unique marine and estuarine ecologies and the various anthropogenic impacts on them. Her artworks at times engage with a transgressive bodily aesthetic while proposing possible post-human futures. Coates is a current participant in rīvus, the 23rd Biennale of Sydney.

About Tura
Tura is a not-for-profit cultural and community development organisation based in Perth, Western Australia. Tura is a producer as well as a resource centre and cultural advocate. Founded in 1987 Tura has a proud history of achievement in initiating cultural development from the inner city to remote communities across Australia.

Tura engages in an inspiring and innovative exploration of music and sound that resonates within Australian culture and the wider global community. We produce projects and experiences that celebrate music and the sonic arts. We prioritise collaboration, embrace cross-cultural learning and defy expectations. Tura makes a leading contribution to the cultural life of Australia and beyond through award-winning productions and community engagement programs. Tura supports artistic risk and innovation to stimulate participants and audiences to experience uncommon perceptions of their world and themselves.


Presented by PICA and Tura

The premiere season was presented by the Perth Festival, Tura and Goolugatup Heathcote.

The redevelopment of Alluvial Gold has been supported by the Western Australian Government through the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries.

Dr Louise Devenish is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE200100555) funded by the Australian Government.

Tura’s annual program is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, in association with Lotterywest and The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body.

Image: Emma Fishwick