Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey are leading Australian audio conceptual artists who create unexpected situations for listening. Their longterm collaborative practice is driven by a curiosity and questioning about listening in human culture and seeks to evolve and engage with new processes and audiences, through public and participative interventions.

Madeleine and Tim’s Sounds Unheard Studio Talk series, “Unusual Situations for Listening”, explores their work as serial collaborators and takes a closer look at four of their projects: ‘5 Short Blasts’, ‘Witness Stand’, ‘Wave Gate’ and ‘Listening Club’.

In the first episode of this series, “Consider Possible Changes”, Madeleine and Tim introduce us to their practice and discuss how they’ve built a network of collaborators across the world, including artists, scientists, experts in a variety of disciplines and members of numerous different community groups.

As an example, Madeleine and Tim discuss the process of interviewing a series of people from a wide variety of backgrounds to capture the stories of Naarm/Melbourne’s waterways, leading to the creation of ‘5 Short Blasts’ (2013): a seventy-minute sound work to be experienced on small boats travelling through the city’s waterways, drawing attention to the shared act of navigating the unknown.

Join us next Wednesday for the second episode of Madeleine and Tim’s Studio Talk series. For more information on Madeleine and Tim, please visit


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