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Belief System / Adriano Cortese, Anna Tregloan, Bob Jarvis / Photography by Damien Raggatt
4–13 May 2023
Wed–Sat 12–6pm
Substation Program/​Free/​Installation

Wheelchair accessible




Belief System is a large-scale sound and visual installation made from thousands of voiced beliefs: ranging from the profound to the trivial and collected from a diversity of residents across the city.

This work is a growing and adaptive system that weaves every voiced belief through each other. Each recording has been treated as anonymous and painstakingly arranged into thematic groupings (flocks) to form the main compositional element. Emphasising the fluidity of beliefs, and inspired by starling bird's murmurations and wind patterns on the water, these flocks will travel though the installation's 120 speakers, sometimes swarming en masse and sometimes moving as if blown gently through the space on a breeze.

Reinforcing this organic line, the movement of these beliefs will be triggered by the weather. Wind speed, direction and barometric pressure will provide data points, collected from a small weather station fixed to The Substation's roof, to propel the beliefs through the system, building rhythms and intersections between the personal and societal, the optimistic and the pessimistic.


Saturday 6 May, 2pm. Free admission, bookings essential.

Join the creators, Adriano Cortese, Anna Tregloan and Bob Jarvis for an in-depth discussion about the people behind the work, their conceptual obsessions and the creative processes that have resulted in this installation.


Creators: Adriano Cortese and Anna Tregloan
Composition/Programming: Bob Jarvis
Production Manager/Lighting: Govin Ruben
Speaker System: designed and developed by the UNSW Interactive Media Lab and UTS Creativity and Cognition Studios. Team: Oliver Bown, Sam Ferguson, Kurt Mikolajczyk, Ella Mannor.
Producer: Nic Clark
Trumpet: Elliott Hughes


Adriano Cortese
Anna Tregloan
Bob Jarvis
Govin Ruben


This installation features audio which includes intermittent and infrequent coarse language and references to sex, domestic violence, drug use and suicide.


Please be advised that this installation features low lighting. The installation is wheelchair accessible and gender neutral accessible toilets are available.

A book featuring the voiced beliefs in written form will be available to view in the space.


There's an opportunity to add Newport community voices to the Belief System for future iterations. Please contact us if this is of interest to you.

Commissioned by The Substation.

This work was created on the unceded lands of the Gadigal, Yalukit-willam, Boon Wurrung and Bunurong people.

Huge thank you to the multitude of participants who so generously shared their beliefs.

Thanks also to Michaela Coventry, Brad Spolding, Tash Herbert, Rosa Voto, Ali McGrath, Meg Taranto, Laura Clauscen, Lucinda Strahan, Misha Hardwick, Sofie McClure, Roger Alsop, Sue Strano, Chris Braun, Lindsay Templeton, Richard Allan, Gary Cawsey, Jim Aitkens, Meg Anderson, Geordie Barker, Miriam Abud and Multicultural Arts Victoria, Govin’s mother, Jaycar Electronics Broadway, St Martins Youth Theatre, Kylie Greer and Gen Townsend at Artbus, the Sacred Heart Mission, the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre, and everyone at The Substation.

This project has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, RISING through their seed funding, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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