LOCATE YOURSELF - Robert Curgenven
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
NOTE: Exhibition 8 - 30 September 2017 http://www.recordedfields.net/installations/locate-yourself/
Part of Sounds from a Safe Harbour, Culture Night & Open House Cork
Multichannel sound and video installation works in
Right from the point of entry to the gallery, the works and constructions in Locate Yourself makes tangible the ways in which we locate ourselves in architectural space, large-scale geographical space, social space and especially how we locate ourselves in our immediate personal space.
Each of the pieces in Locate Yourself work together to highlight the different ways in which we orient ourselves and respond to location and context. The exhibition underscores the ways in which air and weather, perception and architecture frame and affect physical experience and navigation – not only where you are but also how you engage with it when you are there.
Locate Yourself is Curgenven's first solo exhibition of multiple works, presenting an overview of his spatial research over the past ten years. The exhibition is a selection of new installations alongside existing works plus interactive and video works derived from his recent critically acclaimed albums SIRENE, They tore the earth and, like a scar, it swallowed them & Climata.
Robert Curgenven is an Australian artist living in Cork, Ireland who sculpts volumes of air with sound. His live performances, installations and album releases span pipe organ through to feedback, immersive resonances via turntables and custommade vinyl, as well as carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas in Australia where he lived for many years. He has performed extensively at festivals and contemporary art centres across
Europe and Australia including MaerzMusik, TodaysArt Festival, UH Fest, Sonic Acts & Cork Film Festival. He has presented sound, audiovisual and sculptural work in group exhibitions for transmediale - festival for art and digital culture berlin (Berlin), 10 Years of Microsound (Diapason Gallery, New York), National Film & Sound Archive (Australia NFSA) and galleries throughout Australia & Europe including National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and a solo exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun (CSW Toruń Poland). Curgenven is a member of Sample-Studiosios and is based at Civic Trust House, Cork City.
Locate Yourself follows directly on from sold out concerts for Cork Midsummer Festival 2017. Presented at the NSF Ireland, “Sculpting Air – The Sound of the Sky”, showcased material from Climata – a project presented as an interactive sound atlas within this exhibition.
"Robert Curgenven uses sound to transmit something about the space in which sound occurs. He has a natural affinity with the artist James Turrell, who uses light to transmit something about the space in which light occurs. Recently Mr Curgenven did something sensible and created some sound pieces in conjunction with Mr Turrell's "Skyspaces" series... To hear them is to know they were very definitely recorded in a large room, sure enough, your brain starts to conjure the space as you listen."
- Ben Ratliff, The New York Times (USA)
"explores the role of sound art as a psychological reflection and also as a social commentary"
- Bernard Clarke, Nova - RTÉ lyric fm (Ireland)