Chatting | 6 April

06 April 2023

Performance Week 7 | John Tonkin & Robyn Backen

Chatting | John Tonkin & Robyn Backen at Old Teachers College, SCA - Performance evening

Chatting | John Tonkin & Robyn Backen at Old Teachers College, SCA - Performance evening

Cementa Online Studio Tour

22 January 2023

As part of the Cementa, Studio Tour in January, alongside other selected works, Robyn will present a glimpse of a virtual world tour. Inviting the audience to experience the magic of her whispering wall research, created over eight years, is the result of a slowly evolving project.

Seminar DeTox – Clean it up!: Place-based Artistic Practice | Wed 4 May 5-7pm

04 May 2022

Not for Export lecture performance documentation, video still Daniel Peltz

Not for Export lecture performance documentation, video still Daniel Peltz

The Sydney Environment Institute, in partnership with the Sydney College of the Arts, invites you to a seminar that explores place-based artistic practice.

Artist Daniel Peltz is the FASS, University of Sydney 2022 International Gilbert Fellow and will introduce the most recent developments of his multi-layered project DeTox / Clean it up!. Working in a small glass-factory town in Rejmyre, Sweden, this long-term project considers the problem of industrial waste contamination from the perspective of the social; how do we, as a community, clean our abandoned, soiled selves and the ground beneath our feet?

Join us for an online immersive discussion unravelling questions like, how do we find the value of the place where we are living, and ourselves within that place, when both of these things have been systematically devalued? What role can art play in this process?


Robyn Backen (Chair) is a Sydney based artist and a Senior Lecturer at SCA, University of Sydney. Over the past two decades, her artworks have evolved from a deep intrigue into communication and telephonic systems. Drawing upon new and defunct technology research, she builds works that investigate pattern systems referencing language, nature, and remembering. Robyn’s work is not bound by medium or scale, with large public commissions contrasting against smaller sound and light works.

Daniel Peltz is an artist and Professor of Time and Space Arts with a specialization in Site and Situation Specific Practices at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki. Through public projects, performances and media installations, Peltz’ artworks explore complex social systems, attempting to provoke ruptures in the socio/cultural fabric through which new ways of being may emerge and be considered. To accomplish these goals, he uses a range of intervention, ethnographic and performance strategies. His projects often take the form of existing social systems to directly engage non-art audiences in the language of critical art practice.

Marco Marcon was born in Italy and migrated to Australia in 1985. Marcon has worked as editor of Praxis M, the former Western Australian journal of contemporary art, and lecturer at several universities. In 1998 he co-founded SPACED (formerly known as IASKA), an organisation he has been directing ever since. Marcon has a substantial publication record comprising many dozens of articles and essays that have appeared in magazines, journals, art catalogues and books.


LINK to unedited Seminar Presentation | not for public disribution

The Spirit of 21 | Cementa | Open Mike

13 October 2021

The Spirit of 21 is streaming on 15 and 16 October.

Check out the website by @ianhobbs_media with designer @huy____ and film editing @bobk_o

I will make an appearance with a short film made while barricading myself into my studio - see the Open Mic on Friday 15th at 3pm.


Still from 'Literary Purdah' 2021

Still from 'Literary Purdah' 2021

Still from 'Literary Purdah' 2021

Still from 'Literary Purdah' 2021


Collaboration with Oskar Backent (editor), Ian Hobbs and Robyn Backen 2020-21

Birds and Language Pop-up

19 August 2021

Birds and Language Conference (online) 19-20 Aug 2021

Cyprus Pine Tree swallows
Incidental Mur-muring research

This website contains works for a pop-up exhibition of site-specific artworks intended initially for the new SCA campus to accompany the Birds and Language Conference (19 — 20 August 2021), The University of Sydney. These works would have been displayed alongside vitrines of taxidermy birds and other bird artefacts once used as pedagogical tools for students learning to become science teachers. Many of the works critique systems that order, classify and categorise nature to exploitative ends.

Box bush double02
Proposed site for pop-up exbitiion at the new SCA campus - Pigeon Holes

POP-UP Exhibition Squarespace website

Cryptovoxels | (view instructions on YouTube)

Conference Programme (pdf, 350KB)

Speaker bios and abstracts (pdf, 500KB) Virtual pop-up event

Organised by Madeleine Kelly (

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