KLUUBB, Hong Kong, 2007, photo by Hsieh Jo-Lin
Alice Hui-Sheng Chang
Liquid Architecture’s events approach the audible as an expression of the myriad, sometimes inaudible forces enframing, encoding, describing and producing what we hear – whether that is considered music, sound, or noise.
Like architecture, sound addresses our perception, informing and sometimes misleading us about what is “really” there in a given spatial experience. Alice Hui-Sheng Chang will use sound to challenge transparency with intimacy at the level of collective experience. Motivated by non-Western approaches she describes, sonically, the way social codes both structure space, and can generate unexpected encounters. The piece involves a large scale vocal ensemble mapping explorations and experiments with human voice, breath, sound and body in space.
As a vocalist working with extended techniques, Alice builds intimate exchanges with her audience. She creates an array of timbres and textures by controlling tension in her throat and alternating the passage of air and vocalisations. Alice’s performances respond to the energy of the audience, employing sound varying from the calm to the extreme to create an awareness of the acoustic properties of the site. She challenges the boundary of a presentation site physically and imaginatively, viewing each performance as a site-specific response.
Alice has been involved in residencies in Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, France, Portugal and UK. She has performed or exhibited in Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, UK and US. She regularly collaborate with other sound artists and artists from different mediums in conventional and unusual spaces. She has experience running different group vocal workshops resulting in an experiential public performance, also one-off audience participation vocal ensemble.