Keynote – Liza Lim

Who are we and who is here? (Multispecies knots of ethical time)

A discussion of two very recent works ‘The Tailor of Time’ (2023) and ‘Multispecies Knots of Ethical Time’ (2023), both underpinned by aspects of ecological thinking and questions of collaboration with the ‘more than human’. In what senses might we understand notions of sentiency as applied not only to animals, plants and eco-systems but to other ‘non-humans’ such as notation, technologies and music itself?


Liza Lim

Liza Lim (b. 1966, Australia) is a composer, educator and researcher whose music focusses on collaborative and transcultural practices. Beauty, rage & noise, ecological connection, and female spiritual lineages are at the heart of recent works. Her large-scale cycle Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus (2018) has found especially wide resonance internationally and highlights listening to more-than-human realms. Widely commissioned by some of the world’s pre-eminent orchestras and ensembles, Lim is Sculthorpe Chair of Australian Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2021-22 and elected a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin in 2022. Her music has been published by Casa Ricordi (Milan, London, Berlin) since 1992 and appears on 10 monographic albums and 26 other CDs.