GIRRL EVENT 15 mins - Women and Sound

where The Glasshouse, QUT  Creative Precincts, Kelvin Grove Rd, Brisbane
when 17 October
time 6.00pm - 7.00pm

GIRRL [girrlsound : digitalgirrl] supports the development and promotion of new work by women in the sonic and digital arts. GIRRL works to provide discussion, networking, and exhibition spaces to initiate collaborations and offer support to women making, curating, reviewing, theorising, and working in the digital and sonic arts.

Our final public program of the year includes four dynamic sound and digital artists - Heidi Millington, Antonia Zappia, Amber Hansen and Michelle Xen. They will present some of t

heir work and discuss their creative practice.

Speaker bios

Michelle Xen is an Australian visual/sound artist, musician, and performer. Her practice synthesizes elements of colour, dynamic, timbre, volume, and field to create emotional and visceral installations, videos, songs and sound works. Through this practice, the persona of the female pop musician is dismantled and reconstructed through the histories of experimental art performance, pop music, and art installation practices. Her practice forms relationships between contemporary art practice, pop music and contemporary performance creating a generative questioning of how we assimilate and balance cultural outputs. Xen has collaborated extensively across creative disciplines and toured internationally as a DJ and vocalist/producer.

Heidi Millington (Rose Carrousel) is a musician and an environmental scientist. She mixes whimsical vocals and unguarded stories with acoustic instruments and shimmery, glitchy electronica to make hand-made, beautiful folktronica and lo-fi electro. She has performed and released internationally and been highly commended in the Queensland Song of the Year (2012). Merging art and science, she is developing a light-sensitive "Nature Synth" for investigating how people engage with voice and the sounds of nature.

Antonia Zappia is a contemporary composer and sound engineer based in Brisbane, Queensland. Her creative practice encompasses classical, contemporary classical, popular music and sound art. In developing her compositional voice, Antonia spent three years collaborating with contemporary dancers, choreographers, filmmakers and visual artists. In 2011, she was one of the classical finalists in the APRA Professional Development Awards and completed an Honours degree in Music Technology at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Her dissertation, entitled Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Effective Traits of a Creative Partnership, was informed by research of 20th century and current creative partnerships.

Amber Hansen is a multidisciplinary composer, producer, performer, researcher and teacher. Her creative practice embodies and expresses her experiences and perceptions as a woman of mixed cultural ancestry, influenced and inspired by the multicultural, urban, indigenous and natural landscapes that she was raised in, has travelled to and that surround her. The diverse cultural, social, political, spiritual and creative facets of her past and present inform and influence her practice, realised by utilising diverse artistic mediums such as electro-acoustic composition; traditional, contemporary and oriental Arabic and Middle Eastern music and dance; live performance art; installation; remixing; film and other visual media.


GIRRL launches podcasts - the cat cinderella radio mag

Sarah Bliss From the Freezing Falling series.  Archival inkjet print. (2010)

GIRRL is so very happy to announce our new podcasts CAT CINDERELLA Radio Mag, curated and hosted by Barbara De Dominicis  are now up and running and they are fantastic!

Launched as the podcast/sonic backdrop of  GIRRL SOUND to become a web radio magazine for female-artists from all over the world to publish their work, The Cat Cinderella* features a new podcast-episode bimonthly with works by women artists who investigate sound as a distinctive element in their research. We are mainly focused on sound at the border between art_music and hybrid audio collages and aim to provide a space to encourage works created by women in the name of experimentation and  authenticity. We do welcome works by women of any ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds devoted to sound art, audio documentary, field recording, performance, radio theatre, audio portray, sound postcards, sound poetry, visual arts as well as electroacoustics and any other free- forms explorations in the aural and visual realms

episode 1 click here