The People's Republic is very thrilled to begin our "International Series" for 2018 with one of the world's greatest sound artists and a guest of the 2018 Biennale of Sydney, all the way from Denmark... JACOB KIRKEGAARD
Jacob will be presenting his extraordinary audio visual work AION recorded in four abandoned rooms located around the abandoned nuclear reactor at Chernobyl.
Joining him to present her own remarkable film about Chernobyl, PRECARIOUS, is one of Australia's most eminent photographers and filmmakers... MERILYN FAIRSKYE
MONDAY 12th March
COMMENCING AT 7 P.M. [doors at 6.30 p.m.]
Jacob Kirkegaard (born 1975, Denmark) is a sound artist with an interest in the scientific and aesthetic aspects of resonance, time and hearing. His performances, audio/visual installations and compositions deal with acoustic spaces and phenomena that usually remain inaccessible to sense perception. With the help of unorthodox recording tools such as accelerometers, hydrophones or home-built electromagnetic receivers, Jacob manages to capture and explore "secret sounds" - distortions, interferences, vibrations, ambiences - from within a variety of environments: volcanic earth, a nuclear power plant, an empty room, a TV tower, crystals, ice… and the human inner ear itself.
A graduate of the Academy for Media Arts in Cologne, Germany, he has given workshops and lectures in academic institutions such as the Royal Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen and the Art Institute of Chicago. For nearly 20 years, he has been presenting exhibitions and touring festivals and conferences throughout the world and working with collaborators such as Else Marie Pade, JG Thirlwell, CM von Hausswolff, Lydia Lunch and Philip Jeck. Jacob's sound works are released on the TOUCH (UK), Important Records (USA), mAtter (JAP), VON Archives (FR), Holotype Editions (GR) & Posh Isolation (DK) labels. He is a founding member of the sound art collective freq_out. In 2016, he was the sound-artist-in-residence at St. John's College, University.
Merilyn Fairskye’s engaging photographic and video work explores the relationship between technology, place and community. For the past 8 years she has questioned official narratives about nuclear power by investigating and revealing its profound impact on human and plant life, now and into the future. Foregrounding the role of digital media in our perception of the environment, she asks us to reflect on the social and ecological challenges we face amid technological advancement and globalisation.
Merilyn has exhibited widely for over 30 years and her work has featured in numerous international and national exhibitions. Currently her work can be seen in Incommensurable: Photomedia in the Era of Globalisation, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra (until 8 April), and Black Mist Burnt Country, a major exhibition currently touring Australia that commemorates the 60th anniversary of British atomic tests at Maralinga.
Her art videos have been shown in many film/ video festivals around the world including the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Doha; the International Film Festival Rotterdam; Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany; Kassel Documentary Film Festival, Germany, Brisbane International Film Festival the Sydney Film Festival and Videobrasil, and in exhibitions in art museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern London; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Art Gallery of NSW; Songzhuang Art Museum, China and the National Palace Museum, Taipei. She is Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Sydney where she taught in the Media Studio, Sydney College of the Arts, between 2000-2014.
Her work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Parliament House, National Portrait Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery, Powerhouse Museum, Australian War Memorial, Getty Collection, US, and the Museum of Modern Art, US.
With thanks to the 2018 Biennale of Sydney
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