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On the move: Latest sector appointments

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Liquid Architecture Announces New Co-Directors

Melbourne-based organization Liquid Architecture announced the appointment of Kristi Monfries and Dr. Lucreccia Quintanilla as Co-Directors; the duo will take office on Monday, November 14, 2022.

Kristi Monfries is an Australian Javanese art producer, researcher and project curator with a deep understanding and committed commitment to contemporary arts practice. Together with colleagues in Indonesia and Australia, she runs Volcanic Winds, an arts organization based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. For the past decade, she has focused on how artists from the region are transforming traditional Southeast Asian music into radical contemporary works for public presentation. Monfries’ passion is supporting new experimental voices, with a particular interest in Asian artists and their geographic relationship to Australia, including work created by Australian Diaspora and Asian creators.

Dr. Lucreccia Quintanilla is a researcher, writer, DJ and artist. She is a Salvadoran woman who grew up in New York and El Salvador and has lived in Melbourne for 20 years. She recently completed her doctoral research project, Who owns the myth? The echo and the diaspora, at Monash University. Recently she has also created sound works for West Space, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich and the Art Gallery of NSW. She presented her research at the Sound System Outernational Conference organized by Goldsmiths (a college of the University of London) in Naples, and was artist-in-residence at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity. Quintanilla is a sound system operator for General Feelings Sound, who was recently part of the Heavy Congress at RISING. A longtime collaborator of Liquid Architecture, Quintanilla’s work addresses the potential of sound and amplification.

Their appointment comes as Liquid Architecture takes stock of a massive phase of growth and development under the leadership of Artistic Director Joel Stern (2013-2022) and Executive Director/CEO Georgia Hutchison (2017-2022).

The LA Board sought leadership from those whose voices would resonate with emerging communities of practice and solidify the organization’s fledgling platforms for diverse voices. Under the leadership of Monfries and Quintanilla, Liquid Architecture will broaden its reach, building on the institution’s history as Australia’s leading organization for artists working with sound and listening: refining its platform for experimental practices, supported and energized by discourse and research, and carried out in collaboration with communities in Melbourne and the region.

Dr Lucreccia Quintanilla and Kristi Monfries. Photo: Josh Pickup.

The duo are deeply engaged in the local experimental sound ecosystem and are recognized and respected in various local and international communities for having a thoughtful and thorough approach to supporting and encouraging experimental and cross-cultural practices, and placing “First Peoples First”. as a key pillar of their work. They share a common ethos around positionality, experimentation, relationality, mentorship and genuine collaboration with a particular interest in the diaspora and regional communities of Southeast Asia.

In a joint statement, Quintanilla and Monfries said, “As women from the Global South, we couldn’t be more excited to bring our experience and perspectives to this new chapter in Liquid’s future. Architecture. We recognize that we support an organization with a very deep and important legacy with the many people who have collectively built and contributed to this huge body of work. We know that the future of Liquid Architecture will be in community and collective efforts by fostering trust, opportunities to learn, careful curation, and a co-design approach. We look forward to being a strong resource and creative place for sound artists and communities of diverse backgrounds and emerging voices to do work and connect those creative energies to international artistic networks.

Naretha Williams, Co-Chair of the Liquid Architecture Board, said, “We are confident that the combined and complementary expertise of Kristi and Lucreccia will be an incredible asset to our organization, bringing strength and agility at a time of great change. Their culture-based, collaborative leadership style is centered on artistic practice, community engagement and sector sustainability. We are excited about their vision and excited about what lies ahead for Liquid Architecture.

Danny Butt, co-president, added, “We are delighted to appoint the dynamic duo of Kristi and Lucreccia as co-directors of Liquid Architecture after a highly competitive process. Kristi and Lucreccia stand out for their ability to align a strong conceptual analysis of the state of experimental practice today with a collaborative ethos and a long history of delivering programs and projects with exciting artists.

Active since 2000, Liquid Architecture is an organization based in Naarm (Melbourne) supporting experimental, interdisciplinary and critical work dealing with sound and listening in context. Liquid Architecture is based in Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country in Victoria’s artsy Collingwood Yards district.

MQFF program director steps down

The Melbourne Gay Film FestivalMQFF program director Spiro Economopoulos will leave the festival following the conclusion of its 32nd festival in November 2022.

Economopoulos joined the festival in 2015 and has scheduled eight main festivals and two mini-festivals, each showcasing over 100 feature films, documentaries and shorts celebrating the stories of LGBTIQ+ people.

His work at MQFF has enabled the festival to showcase the work of renowned and emerging Australian and international filmmakers and has also helped to support local talent.

Most importantly, Economopoulos’ work has helped entertain and enrich audiences through festivals and regional tours by bringing important stories to the screen for queer communities to enjoy. Her work has also supported the festival’s move online during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to entertain LGBTIQ+ audiences across Australia throughout the lockdowns.

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MQFF Co-Chair David Micallef said: “On behalf of the Board, Staff, Volunteers, Lovers and Members, we would like to thank Spiro for his service to MQFF and wish him the best of luck wherever may his journey lead him.”

The MQFF will be looking for a session program director ahead of its 33rd season, with recruitment starting for the 33rd Melbourne Queer Film Festival in early 2023. An announcement will be made in due course.

32n/a The MQFF runs from Thursday 10 to Monday 21 November.

New Board Member Joins STCSA

State Theater Company South Australia (STCSA) announced the appointment of Jude Henshall as a new member of the company’s Board of Directors.

In a statement, STCSA said: ‘Many would know that Jude has walked a different kind of stage, having graced the stage at the State Theater Company South Australia on several occasions over the past decade in shows such as After dinner, comedy of errors and Mr Burns, a post-electric piece.

‘Jude comes to the company with a wealth of artistic experience as the founder of a theater company is this yours?former artist associated with Windmill Theater CoParade Director at Adelaide Fringe and is currently a Strategic Advisor for Global Entrepreneurship Network Australia, Founder and CEO of Peak and Senior Producer at Sandpit.

“We look forward to having Jude’s knowledge and expertise on the board and know that she will be a valued member of the company family,” the statement said.

NFSA appoints Chief Digital Officer

Keir Winesmith will join the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) as Chief Digital Officer to help drive the organization’s digital transformation strategy.

Reporting to the CEO, Winesmith will lead the delivery of NFSA’s strategic digital roadmap, with a focus on developing new products and services designed to improve the discoverability and shareability of the national audiovisual collection for all Australians. He will also lead NFSA’s information and communications technology activity in the areas of data management, storage, cybersecurity, business systems, infrastructure and connectivity.

Another important priority will be to further develop the institution’s digital preservation capacity as it undertakes to meet the challenges of collecting complex digital objects, including video games and interactive media.

Winesmith joins the NFSA from the National Gallery of Australia, where he is currently Chief Digital Officer for Tim Fairfax. Previously, he held the positions of Chief Technology Officer at Old Ways, New, an Indigenous-owned and managed social enterprise; and Director of Digital Experiences/Head of Web and Digital at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has also worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney and SBS Online.

He holds a doctorate in new media and a degree in computer science and physics. Winesmith is the co-author of the 2020 book The digital future of museumsco-founded the Sydney Cultural Data Salon and is the inaugural mentor for the Australian Council’s Digital CEO Mentorship Program.

Patrick McIntyre, CEO of NFSA, said: “Keir has unparalleled experience at the intersection of arts and technology. I am truly delighted that he is joining the NFSA at such a critical time as we develop a digital strategy that opens up the archives to all Australians, wherever they are.

Winesmith added: “The NFSA is uniquely positioned to thrive in the digital age. I am thrilled to join the team during this transformative time, to help engage the entire nation through NFSA’s rich collection.

Winesmith will join the NFSA in mid-January.

March Dance Farewell Program Manager

march danceSydney’s annual independent dance showcase, has bid farewell to program manager Lauren Vassallo.

In a statement, the organization said Vassallo “has done an extraordinary job over the past two years and [we] thank her for her incredible dedication and passion for dance and the dance artists of NSW’.

Simultaneously, March Dance announced the appointment of new Program Manager Matt Perst ahead of the 2023 iteration of the festival.

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