Alluvial Gold Workshop: Collaborative Creativity Across Visual Art and Sound

An opportunity to join Alluvial Gold artists Dr. Louise Devenish, Dr. Stuart James, and Erin Coates for a workshop exploring the collaboration between visual art and sound.

PICA Performance Space
11am – 1pm, Tuesday 21 June 2022
Free by EOI

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.

EOI Link Here

Program Notes can be found here 

Artistic Team
Creative directors & performers: Louise Devenish & Stuart James
Video & sculptural instruments: Erin Coates
Projection Design: Mia Holton
Set Designer: Bruce McKinven
Lighting Designer: Peter Young

Excerpt of Alluvium, 2020
A film by Erin Coates Composed by Stuart James, Percussion performed by Louise Devenish

The redevelopment season of Alluvial Gold is co-presented with the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and has been generously 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.











Louise Devenish

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. More info

Stuart James

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. More info

Erin Coates

Erin Coates is a visual artist and creative producer working across film, sculptural installation and drawing. Coates’ practice examines our relationship with and within the spaces we build and inhabit, focusing on the limits of our bodies and physical interaction within given environments. Coates’ recent work has explored underwater spaces to look at human physical thresholds and subtly allude to humanity’s evolutionary, oceanic origins and our impact on marine ecosystems. Her work draws on her background as a rock climber and free-diver, and her particular interests in female physicality and athleticism. Coates’ works are shown in both galleries and film festivals. More info