Joel Stern is a curator, researcher, and sound artist, concerned with theories and practices of sound and listening. With Danni Zuvela, he is the Artistic Director of Liquid Architecture, an Australian organisation that stages encounters and creates spaces for sonic experience and critical reflection on systems of sonic affect, at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music. Stern’s other initiatives include OtherFilm, an artist collective driven by a central curiosity about the limits of the moving image, and the experimental residency program Instrument Builders Project. which he instigated with Kristi Monfries in 2013. Through these initiatives and under the aegis of other institutions, Joel has been responsible for festivals, publications, exhibitions, screenings and concerts in Australia and internationally since the early 2000’s
Joel is co-curator, with Dr. James Parker, of Eavesdropping, a collaboration taking place throughout 2018 between Liquid Architecture, Melbourne Law School and the Ian Potter Museum of Art, comprising an exhibition, a public program, series of working groups and touring event which explores the politics of listening through work by leading artists, researchers, writers and activists from Australia and around the world.
Stern is a PhD candidate in Curatorial Practice at Monash Art, Design and Architecture, where he teaches Sound (in the Space of Art).