Castlemaine State Festival in collaboration with Taipei Arts Festival presents

Fermenting: Listen

Chun-liang Liu and Long Distance Collective
Taiwan / Australia

Share this event
Performance dates & times
This event has passed
This event has passed

The practice of fermentation is a key element for human survival that predates modern technology. 

Across cultures, fermentation is used to extend the shelflife of food and enhance the flavours we prize, and further refinements have resulted in some of the world's most coveted culinary delights. The process is still fairly common in Taiwanese households, with recipes passed on from one generation to the next.

Fermenting: Listen
is the research project of Chun-Liang Liu, creative director of Taiwan’s Long Distance Collective. Through food, it proposes to 'listen' to the relations between human beings and the world by focusing on a series of actions that preserve, transform and catalyse, all activities related to fermentation. 

Fermentation is a process that produces lively sounds. Observing this phenomenon, the participants of Fermenting: Listen embark on a visceral dialogue with human life, memory and time, and experience transformation, waiting and decay.


  • Wheelchair access
Images by: Ogawa Lyu

Fermenting: Listen has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and Playking Foundation.
Supported By
  • Taipei Performing Arts Center
  • Castlemaine State Festival
  • Australian Government | Australia Council for the Arts
  • Juby Chiu Studio
  • Playking Foundation
  • NCAF logo

Cast & Credits


Chun-Liang Liu
Chun-Liang Liu
Sound and music design
Chun-Liang Liu
Technical Director
Ya-Chuan Chou
Sound Engineer
Wen, Cheng-Han
Glyn Roberts, Ching-Ju Chang(WIP in Taipei Arts Festival), Leisa Shelton (WIP in Castlemaine State Festival)
Special Thanks To:
National Arts and Culture Foundation, Long Distance Collective, Monica Chen, Alicia You, Juby Chiu. all the participants in the Work-In-Progress.