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Kathryn Cowen & Gareth Jenkins

Remember Casablanca | 2024

The Everywhere Anywhere,2022. Photography by Simon Hewson (Fatografi)
The Everywhere Anywhere,2022. Photography by Simon Hewson (Fatografi)
Remember Casablanca. @ 70 Fleming Street
Multidisciplinary artists Kathryn Cowen and Gareth Jenkins create an immersive site-specific sound, ultraviolet light and biomorphic sculpture installation within the old mechanics workshop. They draw together organic and industrial elements, bathed in UV light and intense sound, to create a speculative environment exploring ideas of time, memory and place. Under the changed light, the artists as excavators, expose the embedded memories of this much used work-site and imbue it with recent signs of life, introducing found organic materials and field recordings made during local explorations in nature. What memories do the sounds, sights and objects within the installation conjure in the minds of attendees?

bio:

Multidisciplinary artist Kathryn Cowen and poet/sound artist Gareth Jenkins have known each other for twenty years, following and supporting each other’s independent artmaking and writing practices over this time. In recent years they have been collaborating to create immersive site-specific sound, light and sculpture installations that explore the future of nature. Their inaugural collaboration, #otherworlds2, was held at AIRspace Projects in 2021. Since this time, they have completed another four projects together including The Everywhere Anywhere, a large-scale site-specific installation at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Waverton for the 2022 North Sydney Art Prize, Future Nature (2022), LUMIVerse (2023) and Luminous Nature (2023). During 2024 they will participate in Cementa24 and hold a solo exhibition at the new Yarrila Arts and Museum at Coffs Harbour.

statement:

Kathryn Cowen and Gareth Jenkins create immersive site-specific sound, ultraviolet light and sculpture installations that explore the future of nature. Together they infiltrate spaces with fluorescent biomorphic sculptural assemblages, hybridised life-forms made from a combination of organic and synthetic/industrial materials, speculative propositions for future life as a result of changing ecologies. They invite audiences to experience the familiar rendered strange and peculiar. Soundscapes using organic and industrial field recordings interwoven with spoken poetic narratives reference forces of inter and intra-action, creating resonant chambers, which envelop the audience. Under the unearthly glow of ultraviolet light, audiences are transported into a place of wonder.

Materials | UV light / sound / sculpture installation
Location | 70 Fleming Street
#otherworlds2, 2021. Photography by Brett East (Docqment)

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