Festival Program


Fallen Angels: Echolocating Bats

Sun 2 Sep, 1pm
Animal Church at 524 Flinders

The philosopher Thomas Nagel once asked, ‘What is it like to be a bat?’ Writer Tessa Laird (author of Bat, the latest release in Reaktion's celebrated Animal series), accompanied by sound artist James Grant, attempts to bridge the gap between human and animal subjectivities on this sonic and poetic journey.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.


1 hour

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Session Artists

James Grant is a composer based in Melbourne. He has released work under names including Wavetracker, Abstract Mutation, Mr Sudo and DJ Ball on labels such as 1080p, Vinyl Only Tapes and Crystal Magic. James and Tessa Laird have previously collaborated for Liquid Architecture's 2016 program 'Why Listen To Animals?'.

Tessa Laird lectures in Critical and Theoretical Studies at the School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. A noted New Zealand art critic for over twenty years, Laird founded two important art magazines in the 1990s, Monica and LOG Illustrated, as well as contributing to countless catalogues, art journals and magazines. Her book A Rainbow Reader was published by Clouds in 2013, and her new book, Bat, has just been released by Reaktion as part of their celebrated Animal series.

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