Joel Stern is an artist, curator and researcher living in Naarm/Melbourne whose work focuses on practices of sound and listening and how these shape our contemporary worlds. He is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at RMIT School of Media and Communication, an Associate Investigator at ADM+S, and between 2013 and 2022 was the Artistic Director of Liquid Architecture.

James Parker is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School, who works across legal scholarship, art criticism, curation, and production. He is a current ARC DECRA fellow, former visiting fellow at the Program for Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School for Government, and sits on the advisory board of Earshot, an NGO specialising in audio forensics.

Sean Dockray is an artist and writer whose work explores the politics of technology, with a particular emphasis on artificial intelligences and the algorithmic web. He is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Monash University, a founding director of the Los Angeles non-profit Telic Arts Exchange, and initiator of knowledge-sharing platforms, The Public School and AAAARG.ORG.

Friends of the project

Design: Stuart Geddes Website: Exhibitionist Graphic identity: Debris Facility Pty Ltd Event support: Alisa Blakeney Software support: Robert Ochshorn Research Assistance: Zoë de Luca


Machine Listening has been developed in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S), Melbourne Law School, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Monash University, ANU School of Art & Design, Unsound, Liquid Architecture, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.

In addition to these partners, the project has been supported with funds from the Australia Research Council, Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, and the City of Melbourne.