Anger as Consequence

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You are invited to an exclusive preview of Anger as Consequence, a new eight channel outdoor sound work by artist Thembi Soddell.

Dark landscape photo
Image description: Very dark, low contrast photo in mostly black and greys of a softly blurred horizon line at night with small streaks of orange light on the right following the horizon line.

Anger as Consequence takes on the importance of justified rage in response to abuse, and its complex relationship to (dis)empowerment and grief. Within a circle of speakers on a moonless night, the audience disappears into the affective impact of sound and anger on both inner and outer worlds.

Thembi Soddell is an artist and researcher known for their powerful acousmatic performances and installations in darkness of ‘startling, even hallucinatory, intensity’ (New Zealand Listener, 2012). Their primary tool is the sampler, transforming recorded sounds into abstract and disquieting sonic provocations. As an expert in shaping abstract sound to give form to the ineffability of trauma and madness, their uncompromising artistic voice reveals ‘just how personal laptop music can be’ (Resonate Magazine, 2014). Soddell is a non-binary, second generation Polish-Australian and Anglo-Celtic born and living on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

The presentation will take place on the evening of Saturday 30 April 2022 (weather permitting) on the outskirts of Clunes on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Central Victoria.

Anger as Consequence is a co-commission by Liquid Architecture and MESS. The work will be ready for touring in late 2022.


There are three sessions on the evening of Saturday 30 April: 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm. The experience will take approximately one hour from arrival to departure. Please nominate your preference in your RSVP

The preview is being held at 54 Bute Close on the outskirts of Clunes. Park on the street and follow the lights down the drive.

Driving would be the best option as public transport to Clunes is limited. Please note that mobile phones that are not on the Telstra network often lose signal in and around Clunes so you may wish to download directions to your GPS before attending. 

If you would like to explore public transport options, Clunes is on Melbourne to Maryborough V/Line train which has limited service. The venue is 4km from the train station and there is no local public transport available, however, the neighbouring town Creswick does have a taxi service. There are also buses available from Ballarat to Clunes via Creswick.

Please note Clunes Booktown Festival is on the same weekend so most local accommodation is booked out. There are accommodation options in the neighbouring towns of Ballarat, Creswick and Talbot, all 15–30 minutes drive from Clunes. 

Please bring a torch, wear warm clothing and a N95 mask. You may also wish to bring a blanket.

Please do not wear fragrance (cologne, perfume, essential oils etc) to the event in consideration of those with multiple chemical sensitivities. No smoking will be allowed onsite for this same reason.

The event will take place within a paddock at twilight and nighttime. Attendees will traverse approximately 100 metres in low lighting, some of which includes uneven surfaces. Assistance can be provided for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues or low vision. Please contact Leith Thomas on 0411 055 299 or via with any questions.

This is not a family friendly event. We recommend no one under the age of 14 attend, however feel free to discuss this with us if you’d like your child to attend.

All attendees are required to be double vaccinated (or exempt for medical reasons) and wear N95 masks for the duration of the work to protect our attendees and staff with chronic health issues. You will be required to show your vaccine certificate and disposable N95 masks will be supplied if you do not have one available. Please note, these measures are being taken because the artist has chronic health issues, and so we also ask that you keep this in mind when interacting with them.

If you would like more info please contact Leith Thomas on 0411 055 299 or

Creative Direction and Composition: Thembi Soddell
Producer: Leith Thomas
Production Manager and Sound Engineer: Lauren Squire
Commission Partners: Liquid Architecture and MESS
Equipment Partner: System Sound

Thank you to Rebecca H Russell and Ken Evans for the paddock.

This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia. MESS Sonorous Commissions are supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Liquid Architecture’s Experiments Commissions are supported by their generous donors including Monica Lim and the Keir Foundation.