HE took out three Grammy awards today, and now Australian musician Gotye will make an appearance in Canberra on Friday.Gotye, real name Wally de Backer, will officially launch the interactive sound and light sculpture “Fractured Heart” in the National Film and Sound archive’s main gallery.
“Fractured Heart” is an interactive sound and light sculpture designed and built by illuminart (Cindi Drennan, Craig Laurendet and Luku Kukuku) in collaboration with Gotye. It was first presented as the backdrop to his live performance of “Somebody That I Used to Know” featuring Kimbra at the 2011 ARIA Awards. During this original performance, the sculpture featured animated pixel mapping based on the music video for the song. Further development led to an interactive version showcased at the VIVID festival’s 2012 Light Walk in the Rocks NSW, where thousands of people from all walks of life played this ‘light harp’.
“We are excited to present this unique and beautiful sculpture in the National Film and Sound Archive’s Canberra headquarters’ says NFSA CEO Michael Loebenstein. ‘It allows visitors to playfully engage with Gotye’s music, allowing them to ‘remix’ his super-hit Somebody That I Used to Know” in real-time, using their bodies to trigger sounds and light animations.”
Gotye and the Illuminart team will launch “Fractured Heart” at 6 pm, followed at 7.30 pm by Gotye presenting Visual Music, a curated screening program of animations, music videos and collaborations which continue to inspire his work.
After dark, Illuminart will present interactive musical sculptures in the NFSA Courtyard.
While the 6PM opening is free and open to the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis, sorry, but the 7:30 Arc screening is already booked out, but the exhibition continues at the archive for several months more.