This website archives the work and creative practice of Jon Tjhia (that’s me).
Its purpose is to list my work in one place, make myself available for commission or hire, and occasionally to host a new project.
I’m a radio maker, musician, artist and writer. I live and work in Narrm (Melbourne) as an uninvited settler on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people, to whom I pay my respects and my rent (if you live here, you should too). Sovereignty was never ceded.
‘Creative’ practise, or whatever
My consistent, long-term interest has been in dissolving distinctions between pop and experimental forms. I’m also interested in the experience of time and how money affects it.
My radio practice is strongly influenced by popular music, narrative features and abstract sound work. Since 2018, it has bled into installation, video and multimedia essays. My writing has been published in LIMINAL, the Big Issue, Guardian, The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging and the Institute of Modern Art’s Making Art Work series.
One of my longest running collaborations has been with Jessie Borrelle. With Toby Fehily, we co-wrote the audio guide script for NGV’s Monet’s Garden exhibition. In 2010, we created Paper Radio – a podcast bringing high production values and ambitious sound design to stories (both tall and true) from Australia and New Zealand. Stories from the podcast have been heard on Radio National, BBC Radio 4 (UK), WBEZ (USA), CBC (Canada), at Manchester Literature Festival and the Barbican (UK); on the podcast The Truth, and written about in The New Yorker, Overland and The Age. In 2018, I undertook the Te Whare Hēra International Artists’ Residency in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington with Michael Green.
I’ve played and produced music with Speed Painters, Scissors for Sparrow, ii, Aleks and the Ramps and Tailor Made for a Small Room. I’ve often written and produced music for the podcasts I work on, too. It’s one of my favourite things to do.
At the moment, I’m working on projects with Arts Access Victoria, Guardian Australia, LIMINAL, Liquid Architecture, Melbourne Fringe, State Library Victoria, Australian Poetry, First Nations Australia Writers Network, ArtsHub, The Substation, Emerging Writers’ Festival and Victorian National Parks Association.
I’m available for short-term work involving writing and editing, visual/audio/digital production, podcast recording and editing, sound design, music composition, concept development and a few other things. (If you know what a podcast editor is, and you’re looking for one, let’s talk!)
I have long professional experience as a digital producer, writer-editor and radio/audio producer. From 2012–2020, I worked as the Wheeler Centre’s senior digital editor (before then, from 2010, I worked as the centre’s video editor). There, I co-founded (with Kate Montague) the Australian Audio Guide, which I co-edited from 2016–2020. I also co-founded Notes, a digital publication, with Sophie Quick, and published and produced original podcasts including Better Off Dead (with Andrew Denton) and The Messenger (with Behind the Wire). You can find out more about my work at the Wheeler Centre, including with these podcasts and more, on pages soon to be added; or at the Wheeler Centre’s site.
If you’d like to talk, collaborate, commission or hire me, please get in touch.