The Audio Foundation

We believe in independent and adventurous visions, creative engagement, and critical enquiry in sound, music, and related practices. The Audio Foundation is a dedicated and professional space to support, promote, and preserve these practices in Aotearoa/NZ.

    Our priority is to present and support the diversity of NZ practitioners exploring practices relating to sound. These practices span the areas of contemporary art, zine work, performance, video and more.

    BACKGROUND

    The Audio Foundation was founded in 2004 by Zoe Drayton to support, promote and preserve “Sound Art” /“Experimental Music” / “Noise”  / “Outsider Music”  /“Drone Music” etc in NZ.

    Initially a virtual infrastructure, the Audio Foundation quickly became a Charitable Trust and began presenting programs such as Altmusic, publishing the Dirt Beneath the Daydream CD that went out to 9000 subscribers in the Wire magazine, the Erewhon Calling publication, and other initiatives such as the A/V Library.

    In 2011, we were lucky enough to find the space we are in now and began a whole new life as a physical entity. In 2014, Zoe Drayton handed the reins over to the new Director Jeff Henderson after a fantastic 10 year stint building Audio Foundation to where it is today.

    Audio Foundation is situated in the sub-basement of the Parisian Tie Factory in Poynton Terrace. We have a performance space, an online Radio Station, our A/V Library showcasing up to 60 days of NZ “avant garde” music and video, the Gallery space, Zine Library, Screening Room and a shop for underground NZ artists to sell their products to the wider public. Since opening as a hub we have presented numerous events including performances by local and international artists, regular exhibitions of art work relating to sound, panel discussions, workshops and film screening evenings.

    AIMS

    • To support and promote the creation, production, and dissemination of innovative New Zealand audio projects.
    • To foster and preserve an identity and history for NZ audio culture, and to promote this to the wider public.
    • To enable research, development and preservation of creative artistic potential primarily concerned with audio culture.
    • To facilitate access, engagement and connection from the audio community to the wider arts community.
    • To maintain and provide a professional integrity through sustained communication, delivery of programs, facilitation and successful initiatives of all kinds.

    The overall administration of Audio Foundation runs thanks to funding from Creative New Zealand and ASB Trust! Thanks so much!

    PEOPLE

    Director
    Jeff Henderson

    Administrator
    Sam Longmore

    Publicist and Communications Manager
    Flo Wilson

    Musical Electronics Library Manager
    Sophie Sutherland

    AF Charitable Trust Board
    Alastair Pettitt
    Andrew McMillan (chair)
    Annie Bradley
    Rachel Shearer

    PARTNERS & FUNDERS

    Creative New Zealand
    Foundation North
    Lotteries Heritage and Environment
    Artists Alliance
    The Lions Foundation
    Liberty Brewing
    Asia NZ
    ARTSPACE
    VIT S
    Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
    K’ Rd Bussiness Association
    St Paul St Gallery, AUT
    The Wine Cellar in St Kevs
    The Physics Room
    The Auricle
    The Auckland City Council
    Dunedin Public Art Gallery

    AF MAIL LIST

    The Audio Foundation mailing list has been serving the New Zealand experimental audio community since April 2005.

    For more information and to subscribe, visit the AF Mail List page.

    SAFER SPACES POLICY

    Audio Foundation Safer Spaces Policy

    Safer Spaces

    A safer space is a supportive, non-threatening environment that encourages open-mindedness, respect, a willingness to learn from others, as well as physical and mental safety. It is a space that is critical of the power structures that affect our everyday lives, and where power dynamics, backgrounds, and the effects of our behaviour on others are prioritised.

    It is a space that strives to respect and understand survivors’ specific needs. Everyone who enters a safer space has a responsibility to uphold the values of the space.

    We say ‘safer’ realising that not everyone experiences spaces in the same way as others, so any one set of guidelines established to create safety may not meet the requirements of everyone and there may be complications or lapses in fulfilling those guidelines in practice.

    Everyone entering the Audio Foundation is asked to be aware of their language and behaviour, and to think about whether it might be harmful to others. This is no space for violence, for touching people without their consent, for being intolerant of someone’s religious beliefs or lack thereof, for being creepy, sleazy, racist, ageist, sexist, hetero-sexist, trans-phobic, able-bodiest, classist, sizeist, or for using any other behaviour or language that may perpetuate oppression.

    We desire to live our lives in way that proactively seeks to subvert oppression, to undermine the very possibility that someone will feel discriminated against. We need to recognise that oppression, discrimination, assault, and abuse are perpetrated by people who we know and love and share similar anti- oppression ideologies with.

    We acknowledge that as long as oppressive systems exist on the larger level, their traces may nd their way into our collective, events, and our actions. We have a responsibility to take care of each other, while holding each other accountable.

    The Audio Foundation is an institution which presents and hosts experimental and adventurous music, art and performance. Where appropriate, content warnings will be supplied to inform the public of any work which may be triggering or upsetting.

    THE AUDIO FOUNDATION IS A SPACE WHICH PRIORITISES LISTENING.
    BY ENTERING THE AUDIO FOUNDATION, AND/OR PARTICIPATING IN OUR ACTIVITIES AND
    EVENTS, YOU AGREE TO ABIDE BY THESE GUIDELINES:

    • Respect the music/art/performance and the artist/creators by
    – Paying any cover charge requested
    – Giving the artists and their work full attention
    – Not speaking, conversing, operating a mobile device or camera during performances unless invited to by the artists
    – not touching or interfering with artworks, installations or technical equipment
    • Respect the space and staff by
    – taking away any litter, used bottles, rubbish you have brought onto the premises – Not smoking or Vaping indoors
    – Leaving when asked to leave
    • Respect people’s physical and emotional boundaries.
    • Respect people’s opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and differing points of view.
    • Be responsible for your own actions. Be aware that your actions do have an effect on others. Examine your own subtle and not-so-subtle prejudices.
    • Any individual or group engaging in violence (including sexual violence and harassment) or who threatens another’s safety within the space will automatically be excluding themselves. We will ask them to leave the space.
    • If you experience or witness any behaviour that crosses your boundaries or makes you feel uncomfortable, or if you are feeling like you would like to talk to someone anonymously about anything, please talk to a staff member. Take responsibility for your own safety and get help if you need it.
    • Respect the pronouns and names of everyone. Do not assume anyone’s gender identity, sexual preference, survivor status, economic status, background, health, etc.
    • Challenge yourself to be honest and open and take risks to address racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia head on.
    • Challenge the behaviour not the person. Be sensitive and promote open dialogue.
    • Don’t generalise feelings, thoughts, behaviours, etc to a whole group.
    • Recognise that when someone offers criticism around oppressive behaviour, it is a gift – rather than challenging the person or invalidating their experience.

    Process
    If you are uncomfortable, feel threatened or unsafe in a situation we ask you to:

    – immediately let a staff member or organiser know of the situation. Staff members are always present as technical and sound operators, venue managers and door people. Event organisers are often at the door. If you are uncomfortable with approaching a staff member please approach an artist/performer or audience member you are able to trust to approach a staff member. A staff member will ensure you are safe whilst any situation is dealt with, and if necessary will arrange safe transport from the venue.

    If you perpetrate, are accused of, or participate in behaviour which breaches the Audio Foundation Safer Spaces policy you will:

    – Be spoken to in person by a staff member
    – Be presented with a copy of the Audio Foundation Safer Spaces Policy and informed of your breach. – Be asked to leave the premises.
    – Be issued with an appropriate warning. As directed by the Audio Foundation Board of Trustees you may be excluded from Audio Foundation activities for a time period specified by the Audio Foundation. In extreme circumstances the Audio Foundation will obtain a Trespass Order which would make it illegal for you to enter Audio Foundation premises and offsite events.

    The Audio Foundation does not condone public shaming, unregulated call outs, hate groups or other procedures which bypass a respectful and legal process.

    Contacts:
    Audio Foundation
    email – <admin@audiofoundation.org.nz>
    tel: (09) 3735790
    Director – Jeff Henderson
    email – <jeff@audiofoundation.org.nz>
    tel: (027) 3607239
    Administrator – Sam Longmore
    email – <sam@audiofoundation.org.nz>
    tel: (021) 297 0347
    Safer Spaces Officer
    Flo Wilson
    email – <flo@audiofoundation.org.nz>
    tel: (022) 027 6960

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