Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS Business School

Developed by Julian Day, with the UTS School of Architecture

Over a two year development period, Julian Day of Super Critical Mass led Architectural Design: Performance, UTS Bachelor of Architecture students through a series of workshops exploring the acoustic potential of the iconic Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS Business School, designed by Frank Gehry.

This has evolved into new UTS ART Live performances involving over 200 students moving through the public spaces and stairwell of the Chau Chak Wing Building as they follow a set of simple performance instructions. Using everyday instruments – including chopsticks and metal cups – the student performers will create sound fields that resonate with the building’s porous material and acoustic design.

The final performance, which took place on Wednesday 8th August 2018, saw 100 students move through the public spaces and the stairwell of the Gehry building following simple social instructions. They used everyday materials, chopsticks and metal cups, to create sound fields that resonated within the building’s diverse materials and porous design.

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with artist Julian Day, Super Critical Mass, in conversation with lecturer Joanne Kinniburgh, UTS School of Architecture, and musician Claire Cooper, Director, NOW now Festival. Facilitated by ABC broadcaster Stephen Adams.


Audio of public spaces. Recording: Jason L’Ecuyer


Audio of stairwell. Recording: Jason L’Ecuyer