Robert Curgenven is an Australian artist living in Cork, Ireland who sculpts volumes of air with sound. His work uses sound as a physical field of perception to engage our physical experience of our embodiment, how our bodies’ inhabit space and the psychological shaping of time and duration by the auditory. For him sound is weather – effecting currents and microclimates within discrete architectural volumes of air and across topologies – through sound his work entreats us to feel and hear air. His live performances, installations and album releases span pipe organ through to feedback, immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl, as well as carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas in Australia where he lived for many years. His double album, “Climata”, recorded in 15 of James Turrell’s Skyspaces, transformed these architectural light installations into resonating sound installations that brought the air within into a distinct relationship with the air outside each Skyspace, providing cues to topological, meterological and socio-cultural context. The Wire surmises that “behind the music lurk such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue.”
From beginnings 35years ago as a classically trained organist the past ten years have seen critically acclaimed releases on labels such as LINE, The Tapeworm, Dragon’s Eye, Winds Measure and his own Recorded Fields Editions. Curgenven has performed extensively across Australia and Europe, including Maerzmusik festival (Kraftwerk Berlin), Sonic Acts (Paradiso Amsterdam), Helicotrema (Palazzo Grassi Venice), TodaysArt festival (Den Haag), Ultrahang Festival (Budapest), Cork Film Festival, Lausanne Underground Film Festival, National Sculpture Factory (Ireland), St Fin Barre’s Cathedral and Centres for Contemporary Art in Torun, Gdansk, Warsaw, Leipzig and Australia’s Northern Territory. In addition he has given guest lectures at universities and Conservatoriums of Music across Australia, Ireland, UK & Europe. He has presented sound, audiovisual and sculptural work in group exhibitions for Transmediale (Berlin), “10 Years of Microsound” (Diapason Gallery, New York), Australian National Film & Sound Archive) and galleries internationally including Modern Art Museum of Medellin Columbia, National Gallery of Australia plus solo exhibitions at Centre for Contemporary Art Torun (Poland) and Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork.