Shift Change. An old photograph of Queenstown's Orr Street. Vintage cars line the sides of the street and people cross the road wearing coats and hats, some carrying brief cases. In the background stands a snowy Mount Lyell. Credit Adrian Morgan.

Several times a day, a siren once signalled waking hours, shifts and crib breaks for mine workers. Locals recall it fondly but imperfectly. How and when it sounded – and what it meant – varies from person to person.

Those contested recollections and new inventions will sing out through the valley at regular intervals across the festival. A study in sonic memory, Shift Change reinvents and unfolds a long-absent call.

The Unconformity acknowledges the palawa people as the original and traditional custodians of lutruwita/Tasmania. We commit to working respectfully to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this land.