Jon Tjhia

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(Un Magazine, 2021)

An essay about solutions, metabolism, self-snooping, corporeal accounting, latent heat, our hot mouths, a long line of belly buttons, dead birds and possibly more

Forthcoming in Un Magazine 15.2: Metabolism, commissioned and edited by the wonderful Snack Syndicate (Astrid Lorange and Andrew Brooks). Launching 27 November 21 at Cement Fondu, Sydney, and soon in Melbourne. Heartfelt thanks to Amita Kirpalani, Emma Hartley, Lily Sloane, Mike Williams, Natalie Kestecher, Virginia Heal and Zacha Rosen for the loan of their voices


(Liquid Architecture/West Space/Bus Projects, 2021)

Audio archive recording and short narrative documentation as part of a multi-institutional exploration of cooperative art/s practice, centred around Collingwood Yards

Photo by Jacinta Keefe. Developed in collaboration with Joel Stern, Xen Nha and a host of others. Some recommended reading: Cher Tan, Maddee Clark, Timmah Ball

Play New: Jaryd Clifford

(Nike/SouthSouthWest, 2021)

Narrative audio and composition as part of a cross-media celebration of vision impaired runner Jaryd Clifford and his bond with guide runner Tim Logan

With Ben Birchall, Andy Sargent, Ben Bomitali, Alica Kroupa, Bonnie Moir and … a lot of other people. You have no idea how many people work on these things. (Film is mind-boggling). The nice photo above is by Sam Wong. Sorry for ruining your photo by adding the tile artwork, Sam 😰️

The Museum of Us

(Arts Access Victoria/Victoria Together, 2021)

A digital exhibition of 49 Deaf, Disabled and Neurodiverse artists

Over a few months, I worked with artists to assist them in producing digitally accessible pieces for this fully captioned, audio described exhibition, with help from the AAV team (especially Fury). Curated by Caroline Bowditch

The Big Break That Broke Kate

(ABC RN, 2021)

Actor Kate McNamara walks us through her big break … down, for the ABC storytelling podcast Days Like These

With thanks to Kate, supervising producer Kyla Slaven, host Elizabeth Kulas, and the Days Like These season three team

Interview #172

(Liminal Magazine, 2021)

An nice long conversation with Nathania Gilson for Liminal, with photos by Leah Jing McIntosh

I wouldn’t normally put this kind of thing here, but some day we’ll all be dead, so why not?

Emotional Support Animal

(Darebin Arts, 2021)

An interactive short story about applause and the ways we crave to be observed, acknowledged and rewarded. Published in Proximities, a part of Exhibiting Culture Online

Commissioned and edited by Vidya Rajan. Interaction and layout coding by Bec Fary. (Full version works best on a laptop/desktop)

Good Long Time

(Going Down Swinging, 2021)

A short story about getting old, getting cold and living forever (or just a little longer, anyway). Published in Going Down Swinging #41: AR Edition. 

Edited by Magenta Sheridan. Augmented by augmented reality artist Anneli Goeller. Read it on a laptop/desktop if you can. In 41 Extra!, the digital launch of the edition, you can watch a short reading or eavesdrop on a conversation with fellow 41’er Lujayn Hourani. This story is on the Woollahra Digital Literary Award 2021 Fiction shortlist

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Radio Row

(WFMU, 2020)

A 59-minute radio broadcast constructed of smartphone voice memos and audio notes-to-self. Or: what is this sound, and why the hell did I record it?

Thanks to Adalya, Amita, André, Bec, Beth, Connor, Isobel, Ivy, Karishma, Masako, Nicole, Nicola, Pepi and Silvi for sharing their recordings

Making Art Work: Horror Vacui (2020)

Horror Vacui

(Making Art Work/Institute of Modern Art, 2020)

A multimedia essay about fear of empty spaces, written in collaboration with Mia McAuslan

Commissioned by Alex Holt. An extract appears in the book Making Art Work (IMA, 2021)

Manus Recording Project Collective: where are you today

(Liquid Architecture, 2020)

A recording and listening project

Produced in collaboration with Farhad Bandesh, Farhad Rahmati, Samad Abdul, Shamindan Kanapathi, Thanush Selvraj and Yasin Abdallah in Australian immigration detention, and André Dao and Michael Green. Read a dossier of writing about this work in Disclaimer

Division Exercises

(Avantwhatever, 2020)

A video essay about delineations, discernments and boundaries

For Avantwhatever’s 2020 artistic programme curated by Ben Byrne

Separation Studies

(LIMINAL, 2020)

A multimedia essay about divisions and separations

Edited by Cher Tan for LIMINAL Magazine’s Glitch series

‘Grey-headed Flying Fox Colony’

(Field Recordings, 2020)

Ten minutes amongst the bats at dusk in Yarra Bend Park

For Eleanor McDowall’s Field Recordings podcast

Eavesdropping: A Reader

(City Gallery Wellington, 2019)

A contribution to the book accompanying the exhibition/investigation

Edited by James Parker and Joel Stern


(Constellations, 2019)

A four-channel sound installation and a podcast commission about the human voice, time and money

Part of the Resonant Bodies project curated by Aliya Pabani, Michelle Macklem and Jess Shane – exhibited at Toronto Media Arts Center and published on Constellations

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As Far as the I 

(BBC Radio 4, 2019)

A short radio feature for an Oulipo-themed episode of the podcast/radio programme Short Cuts

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Signal Boost

(Wheeler Centre, 2019–)

Developed an inclusion- and experimentation-focussed audio storytelling programme

Participants received $10,000 each in funded learning, tailored mentorship, tools and equipment, practical support and paid work experience

Credit: Eddie Jim

The Empathy Museum: A Mile in My Shoes

(Arts Centre Melbourne, 2019)

An audio story about walking through the city of Melbourne and around the Yarra River at night

Presented as part of a rather literal installation in which you could wear … my shoes

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(Wheeler Centre, 2018–2020)

A digital publication showcasing award-winning original Australian writing and adventurous multimedia stories

Edited with Sophie Quick

‘Mind the Step: Kinesthesia and Craft’

(Barbican, 2018)

An essay about the body as a listening device – drawing on experiences of contemporary dance

Curated by Eleanor McDowall and Nina Garthwaite for the Barbican Centre’s Soundhouse: The Listening Body exhibition and public programme. Sketch by Nina!

Manus Recording Project Collective: how are you today

(Liquid Architecture/Melbourne Law School, 2018)

An installation built around daily recordings from six men living in Australia’s immigration detention on Manus Island

Part of the Eavesdropping investigation curated by Joel Stern (LA) and James Parker (MLS); shown at Ian Potter Museum of Art, City Gallery Wellington, Gus Fisher Gallery Auckland and Melbourne Law School

Editorial illustrations



Changes Again

(ABC Radio National, 2017)

A story about looking and seeing, breakage and recognition, for the podcast/radio programme Soundproof

Photo of Abdul Aziz Muhamat by Michael Green

The Messenger

(Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre, 2017–2019)

A podcast based on thousands of voice messages sent by Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a refugee detained on the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, to Michael Green, a journalist based in Melbourne

With Abdul Aziz Muhamat, Michael Green, André Dao, Bec Fary, Hannah Reich and Sophie Black. Winner of a Walkley Award, NY Festivals International Radio Awards Grand Trophy and several others. No Grammy, but mum says it could still happen

Illustration by Sam Wallman

The Interrobang

(Wheeler Centre, 2017)

Digital production of a crowdsourced festival of questions – including a publication featuring Sheila Heti, Sam Wallman, Estelle Tang, Toby Fehily and Geoffrey O’Connor

Produced with Connor O’Brien

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‘Under and Over and Into and Between’

(Assemble Papers, 2017)

A mixtape (and interview) working through minimalism, stretched sounds and various positions on the human voice

Commissioned by Jana Perković

Australian Audio Guide


Co-founder/editor of a website offering short reviews of Australian podcasts and radio series, and interviews and features about how – and why – they were made

Created in collaboration with Kate Montague

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Speed Painters: Bellarine and Bellarine II

(Cutters Records, 2015)

Two records alloying slow-burning house music, techno and found sound

A musical group with Tig Huggins, Nick Huggins and Oscar O’Bryan

The Big Prawn

(ABC Radio National, 2015)

A short story, written by Katia Pase, about a young girl’s search for her mother and the mythical landmark of her childhood, for the podcast/radio programme Radiotonic

20 Questions

(Wheeler Centre, 2014)

Interactive campaign and digital production of statistics-driven live event

With Simon Abrahams, Ian Pidd, Martyn Coutts, Icelab and more

Photo of a plaque – 'Tweets don't deserve to live forever. Conversations do'


(Wheeler Centre/Clemenger BBDO, 2014)

Awareness campaign for the Wheeler Centre, bridging digital/physical  discussion with 100 temporary/permanent plaques mounted city-wide

With Michael Williams, Pauline O’Brien, Simon Abrahams, Tamara Zimet, Ben Keenan, Ben Birchall, Nathan Rogers, Sharon Adams, Berlin Abraham, Louise Sergent, Kate Little and more

Paper Radio

(est. 2010)

A long-running, now intermittent podcast (or journal) publishing fiction and non-fiction from Australia and New Zealand

Created with Jessie Borrelle

That’s all I’ve had time to publish right now. Hm – I wonder what Bryanboy is up to.