North. At the Junction of Inwood Hill Park New York and Jökulsárlón Southeast Iceland, February - May 2008


GCAS is pleased to present a major new sound installation by Melbourne artist Geoff Robinson. Robinson’s new work North was created during a 3-month Australia Council residency in New York in early 2009.

Art Exhibition previously on at Gertrude Contemporary in Fitzroy-Collingwood precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 06 March 2009 to Saturday 04 April 2009

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Published by anonymous on Wednesday 11 March 2009.
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Drawing on field recordings taken within New York and in Iceland, Robinson creates a phonic map of the two locations, overlaying their coordinates and abstracting space through sound. The locations and sounds were chosen for their emphasis on movement and transformation and feature recordings taken of a swing bridge, icebergs, ferries and trains, a channel and the ocean. Through selecting two specific sites (Inwood Hill, Manhattan and Jökulsárlón, Iceland) Robinson was able to map the points of intersection between them and plot these connections spatially within the gallery.

Using a skeletal framework to house speakers that play sounds from particular locations within these sites, Robinson creates an aural representation of both Inwood Hill and Jökulsárlón. These phonic maps are then layered within the gallery allowing time and space to concertina, and distance to collapse.

Coinciding with the installation there will be a performance that involves a scored interpretation of these field recordings. This score will be performed by acclaimed Melbourne sound artists and musicians Julie Burleigh, Nathan Gray, Geoff Robinson, Eamon Sprod and Philip Samartzis on Thurdsay 26 March at 7.30pm.

Geoff Robinson completed a Masters of Arts (Media Arts) at RMIT in 2003 and has been exhibiting for over 10 years . In 2007 Geoff travelled to Osaka, Japan for a sound-based field recording project and exhibition and travelled to New York from February to May 2008 for the Australia Council Greene Street Studio residency.

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