Sound makers across the planet are frothing at the mouth in their attempts to expand humanity’s experience of sonic creativity. JOLT is a sonic arts organisation that seeks to forthrightly contribute to the flowering of local cultures, whilst maintaining an international vision through our total devotion to deepening the sonic experience of our audiences and artists alike. We actively seek to remove many of the restrictive sonic barriers that artists and audiences are often faced with. Our open-minded and actively positive attitude is supported by our own definition of what we believe sound art to be, “any creative act that prioritises sound.”
JOLT Arts is an inclusive sonic arts organisation with charitable status that creates in-house new sonic works – as a production house – whilst also supporting and presenting the work of other auditory creators. We present new cutting-edge work by local and international sonic artists with a focus on sound makers across a range of contexts and abilities: intellectual disabilities, youth artists, emerging artists and established artists.
Following our inclusive agenda, our programs often mix and match established and emerging artists across a range of presentation contexts: galleries, festivals, concert halls, pubs, arts centres, community venues, site specific venues and more. We have a broad attitude to what sonic art may be and therefore the artists we support regularly create work with artists from other mediums such as: visual arts, computer technology, video technology and other disciplines.
Directed by sound artist James Hullick, JOLT is based in Australia, and governed by a board of directors. Through strong leadership, JOLT has established an international touring network of producers with JOLT’s 2015 Touring Festival Asia featured on national TV in Japan. JOLT has presented international festivals in Japan, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Australia.
Since JOLT’s inception in 2009, the organisation has devoted much energy to developing projects that engage youth sound makers and sound makers with disabilities. In partnership with the Footscray Community Arts Centre, JOLT has supported the growth of The Amplified Elephants – a sound art ensemble for people with intellectual disabilities. Sonic arts access has become central to JOLT’s identity as the organisation, and so the organisation has developed a range of workshops for people with disabilities.
A key function of JOLT is as a mechanism for introducing emerging artists to professional opportunities, thereby better creating sonic art born in the hearts of living, breathing sonic communities.
In 2020, JOLT is supported by Footscray Community Arts Centre, who have incubated The Amplified Elephants since 2006. JOLT is supported by Arts Access Victoria and the Australian Music Centre. JOLT has been supported by The Robert Salzer Foundation, Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts. JOLT is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.