Sydney College of the Arts invites you to attend a talk by Robyn Backen on Wednesday 29 May, 12 to 1pm.
Robyn Backen will expand upon her new body of work, which evolves from research into the acoustics of ancient whispering architecture. She will explore human perception and the interconnection of our sensory systems with an emphasis on codes of communication. She will focus on two of her most recent works Whisper Pitch, Carriageworks, 2012 and Night Watch, a commission soon to be completed in Brisbane.
Ann Finnegan recently wrote about Backen’s work for Art Monthy
“A fascination with messaging systems and paradoxical ontologies of sending have long informed Robyn Backen’s installation practice. Most often her messages are public/private – obscure, occulted, and intimate – but sent with the public openness of a postcard, and often through the patterning of obsolete Morse code. One has the sense that the medium of transmission itself, the architectures which facilitate sending, take precedence over the message.”
Backen is an interdisciplinary artist whose work makes connections between art, science and philosophy. Her installations actively engage with the spaces they inhabit, whether gallery, landscape or building: the site provides the structural and associative framework for both formal and conceptual elements. Backen has a poetic approach which includes topics such as randomness and pattern, body and language, borders and connections, distance and proximity. Backen investigates patterns of language and rhythms of nature to build works which engage with physical space.
The full Semester 1 artalks program can be viewed online at: