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An archive of auditory explorations of futures to come in the era of climates changed, featuring speculative news reports, vox pops and reportage that will transport listeners to 2029.

Premiere status

World Premiere

Presented by

  • Presented by Arts House, City of Melbourne as part of BLEED 2020.

Artistic Credits

  • Future Archive is created for Assembly for the Future in partnership with RMIT University’s Spatial Information Architecture Lab (SIAL) Sound Studio, with Lawrence Harvey, Sophie Gleeson, Lisa Rae Bartolomei and Gillian Lever.
  • Manningham Bushfire Recovery Centre - News Report by Gillian Lever, Sophie Gleeson and Lisa Rae Bartolomei
  • Nursing Strike - Tropical Diseases Ward’ by Gillian Lever
  • Care Protest by Lisa Rae Bartolomei
  • Collateral Damage: The Changing Birdscape of Victoria by Sophie Gleeson
  • Subterrarium podcast - the frogs of Merri Creek by Gillian Lever
  • Community Care Supporter Employee Training Module 1 by Sophie Gleeson

Supported by

  • Assembly for the Future is a project of The Things We Did Next collaboration. The Things We Did Next is co-created by Alex Kelly & David Pledger and produced by Not Yet It’s Difficult and Something Somewhere Inc.
  • This work is supported by Arts House, City of Melbourne as part of BLEED 2020, The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Bertha Foundation, Monash Climate Change Communications Research Hub and RMIT SIAL Studios.
  • This work was developed with the generous support of Arts House CultureLAB, Arts NT, Australia Council for the Arts, Besen Foundation and Vitalstatistix Adhocracy program.
  • BLEED is conceived, produced and presented by City of Melbourne through Arts House and Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre. BLEED has been assisted by the Federal Government through Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body.


Released from 6 July Duration: 5-12 mins each


This is a free activity.


SIAL Sound Studios

SIAL Sound Studios is a centre for auditory spatial research, teaching and events, located in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University. SIAL more broadly is a facility for innovation in transdisciplinary design research and education. High-end computing, modelling and communication tools associated with disparate disciplines are combined with traditional production techniques. Researchers are engaged in a wide variety of projects that collaboratively disturb artificial distinctions between the physical and virtual, digital and analogue, scientific and artistic, instrumental and philosophical. SIAL Sound Studios is directed by composer and sound designer, Lawrence Harvey.

Lawrence Harvey

Lawrence Harvey is a composer, sound designer and director of SIAL Sound Studios, School of Design, RMIT University. He has led various ARC and industry funded projects, supervises research candidates and teaches into the Spatial Sound stream of the Master of Design Innovation Technology (MDIT) degree. He is Artistic Advisor to the RMIT Sonic Arts Collection and directs public concerts and exhibitions for the collection on the SIAL Sound Studios speaker orchestra. Harvey has also collaborated in interdisciplinary teaching and research with musicians and artists, interior, digital and industrial designers, and architects. In addition to electroacoustic compositions, he has produced gallery and urban sound installations, spatial sound designs for VR and theatre, and performed around Australia and in Seoul, Huddersfield, The Hague and Vienna.

Gillian Lever

Gillian Lever is a sound artist and composer working across multichannel sound performance, diffusion and sound installation. Her practice examines the intertwined nature of the relationship between spatial sound, the space it inhabits, and the exploring listener. Gillian completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sound) with Distinction at RMIT University, Melbourne, in 2017, and is a founding member of Starlings Spatial Sound Collective. She is currently undertaking a Master of Design by Research degree in spatial sound at the School of Design, RMIT. Gillian composed the live, surround sound score for Watson’s critically acclaimed Moosehead-award receiving show Go To Hell (2017), and for their Jhonsey award winning show Once Were Planets (2013). She has also composed sound for works by choreographers Amanda Lever (Dasein, 2013; Hypnagogia, 2015), Anna Seymour (Distraction Society, 2016; remounted 2017) and Chelsea Byrne (Human Sized Box, 2015). Gillian held a solo exhibition at Montsalvat, Sustain and release, in January 2019, performed at the Tilde New Music Festival 2019 and was a member of a collective producing a finalist work for the 2019 Nillumbik Prize.

Lisa Rae Bartolomei

Lisa Rae Bartolomei is a Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist and musician working predominately in the realm of spatially based electroacoustic music for performance and installation. She is currently completing a Masters of Design at RMIT University’s SIAL Sound Studios. She holds an Advanced Diploma of Sound Production and Honours in Fine Art (Sound Art Practices) from RMIT. Her practice incorporates elements of site-specific field recording, spectralism and experimental musical composition. With over 20 years’ experience as a musician, she played in bands Tuff Muff and MCFM, performing at venues such as Hamer Hall and The Sydney State Theatre and improvised sets at the Make it Up Club with Japanese avant-guard musicians Tabata Mitsura (Boredems, Zeni Geva, Acid Mother Temple) and Masami Kuwaguchi (New Rock Syndicate).

She is a member of Starlings Spatial Sound Collective, was sound designer for the La Mama show Missfits (2014) and contributed music to the sonic surrealist game Little Songs of the Mutilated and the Cities and Memory worldwide sound-art project. She was a co-composer of Containing the Infinite, presented at the Tilde New Music Festival and nominated for the Nillumbik Art Prize (2019). She has performed live sound diffusions at RMIT Galleries New Order Art Party and Starlings curated events Murmurations: Spatial Sound Festival and Orbits: Traversing the Soundsphere. In 2018, she collaborated with Bonnie Mercer for MMW’s Tunnel/Vision, a quadrophonic installation of Metro Tunnel construction sounds at the ACMI Hub.

Sophie Gleeson

Sophie Gleeson is a sound artist, audio producer and academic. She teaches soundscape studies and spatial sound production at the SIAL Sound Studios at RMIT’s School of Design. Her evolving research and creative practice concerns listener experience, place and attuning into the sounds of the everyday.

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