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Sound Design

Libeau’s sound designs range through diverse fields of alternative music, theatre and art. Their work often explores the textural and semantic possibilities of collaging found/foraged and recycled sounds, while pressing into multiple narrative histories of sound and who is permitted to make it.

They Are Cruel [film; George Watson; Te Uru Waikātere Contemporary Art Gallery (NZ); 2021]

‘They Are Cruel’: Kōtiro, Emepaea
George Watson

16mm / HD film

Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery
18 December 2021 —  20 February 2022

For the video work They are cruel, Watson has worked closely with sound designer and artist Frances Libeau, editor Anastasia Doniants, voice actors Jordan Mihi Walker and Rose McGrannachan, filmmaker and artist Selina Ershadi, and wood worker and artist Josephine Jelicich to build and film a set which reimagines scenes from Mansfield’s 1907 short story, ‘Summer Idyll’. The resulting exhibition is an immersive filmic and sculptural installation, both of which pull apart quintessential forms of the colonial villa, as a meditation on Te Ao Pākehā and the often unsettling nature of settlement.

– Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Art Gallery

Now Spectral, Now Animal [film; Sriwhana Spong; Auckland Art Gallery (NZ)/ Edinburgh Arts Festival (UK); 2020]

Now Spectral, Now Animal
Sriwhana Spong

16mm / HD film

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
22 February  —  7 June 2020

Edinburgh Arts Festival
25 July – 25 August 2019

Walters Prize 2020 Nomination –
Sriwhana Spong

Sriwhana Spong’s Now Spectral, Now Animal, (2019/20) is a multi-media installation that explores the writings of the 16th-century mystic St Teresa of Avila, whose book, The Interior Castle, describes an imaginary architectural space in which women can freely think, write and speak. Spong’s work considers how a fictional space created through text can be a site for agency.

– Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

MAC X Zambesi NZFW19 [film; Pictvre; 2019]

MAC X Stolen Girlfriends Club NZFW19 [film; Pictvre; 2019]

MAC X Kate Sylvester NZFW19 [film; Pictvre; 2019]

MAC X NZFW19 Series
Pictvre Ltd

Super8 / VHS / HD film

Long-time collaborators PICTVRE (founded by Veronica Crockford-Pound) represent creative brands on screen with intimacy, joy and humour, while steeped in  rich contemporary art references. PICTVRE seeks to generate positive and thoughtful conversations in the fashion space.

Women in Love; mother? gallery, Auckland; installation and performance; December 2018.

Women in Love with mother?
i.e. crazy / Claire Duncan

Installation and performane

mother? gallery, Auckland
15 December 2018

mother? presents Women in Love with mother? by Claire Duncan; an inquiry into psycho-sexual feminine power and the forces that seek to constrain it. The ongoing performative & recorded work of i.e. crazy (aka Maggie Magee) gathers shards of sonic debris and forgotten pop-culture detritus and braids them together with refractive, idiosyncratic narrative folk-voices. Tendrils of conventional reportage are splayed and teased out with ex-scientific mores in an attempt to interrogate the complex lattice of sensuality, power and violence that comprises feminine identity.

Pitcvre X The Caker  [Super 8; Pictvre; 2019]

The Caker
Pictvre Ltd

Super8 film

Long-time collaborators PICTVRE (founded by Veronica Crockford-Pound) represent creative brands on screen with intimacy, joy and humour, while steeped in  rich contemporary art references. PICTVRE seeks to generate positive and thoughtful conversations in the fashion space.

Something Entirely Natural [360 film; Biljana Popovic; Synthetic Baby; Physics Room (NZ); 2018]

Something Entirely Natural
Biljana Popovic

360 film

Physics Room, NZ
Synthetic Baby 
27 September – 28 October 2018

Using two pieces of recent technology—The Fortwo Smartcar and the Samsung Gear 360 camera, Synthetic Baby opens up a historical moment—namely the early 21st century—via a dance. This dance concerns the cultural role of technology, and it takes place between two sensibilities: romantic naturalism and technophilia.

Medusa [theatre; Croft/Frankovich/Madhan; Zanetti Productions (NZ); 2018]

Julia Croft, Virginia Frankovich & Nisha Madhan

Presented by Zanetti Productions

Circa Theatre
21 September - 6 October 2018

Q Theatre

24 October - 3 November 2018

Wellington Theatre Awards 2018 Nomination –
Sound Designer of the Year

Auckland Theatre Awards 2018
Winner –
Excellence in Sound Design

From acclaimed feminist theatre makers Julia Croft, Virginia Frankovich and Nisha Madhan comes a new work of dissection and dissent on female bodies, female violence and female rage. With Medusa as their muse, and Jill Soloway as their spiritual guide, Medusa is a blood boiler, a stealthy deconstruction, and one of feminism's great reclamations.

– Zanetti Productions

a hook but no fish [film; Sriwhana Spong; Govett Brewster (NZ)/ Pump House (UK); 2018]

a hook but no fish
Sriwhana Spong

16mm / HD film

Pump House Gallery, UK
10 January – 1 April 2018

Govett Brewster Gallery, NZ
12 May – 22 July 2018

Central to the exhibition is a new film, with a score by musician Claire Duncan, based on the artist’s research into the 12th century German mystic Hildegard von Bingen. [...] Central to the film is the Lingua Ignota (unknown language) said to have been received by divine inspiration. It is thought to have been a secret language used to increase solidarity amongst Hildegard and her sisters. 

– Govett Brewster Gallery

Earthquakes in London [theatre; dir. Katy Maudlin; Last Tapes Theatre Co.; 2017]

Earthquakes in London
Mike Bartlett
dir. Katy Maudlin

Presented by Last Tapes Theatre Company

The Basement Theatre
15 – 25 November 2017

The Actors’ Program and Last Tapes present a modern classic by acclaimed British playwright Mike Bartlett - a sprawling epic that takes us from 1968 to 2525. We’ve all heard the science: 2 degree temperature rises, 400ppm CO2. Nothing we can do will stop the rising tide of no-one giving a damn...

– Last Tapes Theatre Company

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. [theatre; dir. Virginia Frankovich; Silo Theatre Co.; 2017]

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.
Alice Birch
dir. Virginia Frankovich

Presented by Silo Theatre Company

The Basement Theatre
15 February – 11 March 2017

Alice Birch’s REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. is a subversive, provocative and darkly comic manifesto that sees us return to our original stomping ground, with Virginia Frankovich making her directorial debut for the company.

Responding to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s provocation that “well-behaved women seldom make history”, this series of wrecking-ball vignettes shatters the invisible power of language in shaping the world around us. Exhilaratingly wild, fearless and playful, this is feminism at its messy edge.

– Silo Theatre Company