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Artist:Robert Curgenven
Date + Time: 28 September - 17:00 - 17:30
Location: city hall - sphæræ
Module:works
Country:AU
Label: LINE / The Tapeworm / Winds Measure

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Robert Curgenven will perform as part of the Sphaerae program.

'They tore the earth and, like a scar, it swallowed them' is a very physical negotiation of territories voided by history, rendered via field recordings gathered over 10 years in over 30 remote locations across Australia alongside new work with pipe organ, guitar feedback, dubplates, turntables and low frequency oscillators. Amidst the heat and the dust, in a landscape populated only by the insinuation of characters, settler colonialists’ blind enactment of will and violence against and into an unforgiving, arid interior is manifestation of a mortal struggle.

Robert Curgenven spans immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made
vinyl, instrumental harmonics, pipe organ and tone generators through to carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas where he lived for many years. He draws on the physicality of sound - not just the physical impact on the body but the way in which the auditory can shape our perception of space and the flow of time. The Wire surmises that “behind the music lurks such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue.” Over the past ten years Curgenven has performed at festivals and venues across Europe and Australia as well as releasing on labels such as LINE, The Tapeworm and Winds Measure.
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