‘Plant Symphony’ is an experimental audio-visual project created in collaboration with plants, national parks, botanical gardens and the public.
Dreamt by multimedia artists Guillermo Batiz,
Dr. Tamryn Bennett, the project uses ultrasonic technologies to develop site-specific sound labs that record bioacoustic emissions of flora. In collaboration with artists, dancers and musicians, the project creates participatory biosymphonies to investigate how sound shapes ecology and what impact introduced species have on the harmonies of native ecosystems.
Guillermo Batiz is a Mexican sound and multimedia artist. His audio-visual compositions have been created in collaboration and performed internationally alongside Murcof, Sigur Rós, Telefon Tel Aviv, Manrico Montero, Childs, Justice and in films including Carlos Reygadas’ Luz Silencia. His solo releases include ‘Things I whisper in your ear’, (Vice, 2014) ‘Solar blood’, (MTV, 2012) ‘Yui’, (Static Discos, 2006) ‘Enough about me, let’s talk about me’, (Cyan Records, 2006).
Tamryn Bennett is a multidisciplinary artist. Since 2004 she has exhibited experimental and collaborative works in Sydney, Melbourne, Switzerland and Mexico. Her poetry, artist books, comics and essays have appeared in Five Bells, Nth Degree, THEthe Poetry, Cordite, Mascara, Drunken Boatand ImageText amongst others. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales and is currently Executive Director of The Red Room Company.
Jackie Cavallaro works predominantly with paper, layering historic and scientific imagery to create enigmatic paper-cut landscapes. She has exhibited with NG Art Sydney, Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne and Jankossen Contemporary in Basel Switzerland and Wollongong City Gallery. She currently lives in Barcelona.
David Kirkpatrick is a sound and multimedia artist based in Sydney, Australia who works worldwide. He is also one half of international dance/multimedia duo Murasaki Penguin – creating performance and installation works in countries including Japan, Austria and Australia. David’s practice crosses the boundaries of composition and sound design, video and live visuals, interactive design and installation.
Anna Kuroda is a Japanese dancer and choreographer residing in Australia. She has performed in Japan, Australia, Singapore, Europe and the USA with worked with art performance company Nibroll. In 2010 Kuroda was seconded by Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus (Belgium) and Constanza Macras & DORKY PARK (Berlin). She also travelled to Australia for a secondment with Chunky Move (Melbourne). From 2010 - 2011 she studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) in Austria before returning to Japan as choreography assistant to Maki Tabata. Kuroda collaborates with David Kirkpatrick as duo Murasaki Penguin. Her awards include Japan Dance Forum Award 2008 Grand Prix (2008), DAIR Residency supported by Ausdance NSW (2014) and Murasaki Penguin shortlisting for the ArtsHub Awards 2012 – Innovation Award for a group, organisation or company.