23 January 2019
Testing in Brookvale
Prototype test for the UNO project.
This includes test for dither, speed and frames per second.
This testing process is a significant part of developing a very low voltage and limited pixel screen.
The potential for very unstable output in such low res LED screen needs to be well considered.
Testing in Brookvale
Spaced3 in the AGWA
15 August 2018
Opening installation at AGWA
Final details in the gallery, locating the projector and adding charcoal to the (S). Photo: Dunja Rmandic
Barn Wall Completed
17 July 2018
'Barn Wall' ready to be transported to Art Gallery of WA for exhibition opening, 17 August 2018. Thanks to Mark and his team
Barn Wall rebuild SPACED 3, AGWA
01 July 2018
Working with Mark Walkden and skilled team at Artcom, Perth to re-construct the Barn Wall, originally created in Swedish, 2017 for Spaced 3: north by southeast residency.
Exhibition opens Friday 17 August at the Art Gallery of Western Australia
Spaced 3: north by southeast is presented by International Art Space in partnership with the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
AGWA exhibiton details
Painting the Barn Wall text with close match to Falu Röt - Swedish red
Laser cut letters ready for painting
Steel frame completed for Barn Wall
18 May 2018
Thought Train is on view again for the month of May.
Ian and I would like to invite you to come and experience the work with us.
Proposed viewing with Ian and I on site at Wynscreen, Wynyard Station.
Sunday 27th May 1pm to 3pm
Wednesday 30th May 6.30 to 8.30pm
Other screening times:
6am-3pm on odd-numbered days throughout May 2018
3pm-12am on even-numbered days throughout May 2018
Thought Train - Detail (Photo by Ian Hobbs)
Robyn Backen and Ian Hobbs
2016, duration 30 mins, looped
Commissioned by Transport for NSW
Red Gate Residency, Beijing China, April 2018
30 April 2018
Detail of the Echo Wall, Temple of Heavens, Beijing (from the series titled 'If I scratch my words, am I heard?')
For one month, April 2018, I undertook a Residency at Red Gate Studios in Beijing, supported by Bundanon Trust, NSW. The residency is an extention of my Australia Council Fellowship Research into Whispering Architecture. This project has been active for more that 10 years and resulting in projects such as; Whisper Pitch, Last Word, Walls that Whisper, Whispering Trees. The work developed in Beijing has a direct relationship to the Echo wall at the Temple of Heaven Beijing.
Open studio - photographs of the echo wall at the Temple of Heaven, Beijing
Photo taken at the echo wall as a homage to Gough Whitlam's prescient visit to Beijing in the early 1970's. The photos responds to the recent changes to the wall. It is no longer possible to listen to the whisper, due to the inscriptions left in the wall by the visitors.
Mr Gough Whitlam's trip to China, 1973 - Echo Wall, Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China
Echo Li and Chong Zhan assisting, documenting the echo wall at the Temple of Heavens
Xiao Rong listens to the text drawing
Open Studio visitors, including Beijing artist Shen Shaomin
Open Studio at Red Gate, artists from right Javier Bosques - Puerto Rico, Desmond Mah - Aust, (Julia Lobyntseva - Director of Red Gate Studio) Robyn Backen - Aust Zahra Nouri - Iran