Big Bang Sounds – Art and Astrophysics at RMIT Gallery


What does the very distant past sound like? Can the Big Bang be seen and heard today? What place does it hold in scientific and artistic discourse?

Join us for a stellar discussion at RMIT Gallery on Wednesday 29 October from 5.30 – 6 pm, starting with drinks provided by the EU Centre at RMIT, and viewing of our current exhibitions Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo, and Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaningthen Big Bang Sounds from 6-7 pm.

German artist Abel Korinsky (above), American astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) and RMIT’s Associate Professor Lawrence Harvey (below, left) Director SIAL Sound Studios will talk about dark matter, black holes and how new research and findings into Big Bang Sounds may change our lives in the future.


Dr Katherine (Katie) Mack (below) is a theoretical astrophysicist. Her work focuses on finding new ways to learn about the early universe and fundamental physics using astronomical observations, probing the building blocks of nature by examining the cosmos on the largest scales. Throughout her career as a researcher at Caltech, Princeton, Cambridge, and now Melbourne University, she has studied dark matter, black holes, cosmic strings, and the formation of the first galaxies in the universe.


Abel Korinsky is currently in residence with Experimenta at RMIT Project Space, supported by EMARE (European Media Art Residency Exchange). He recently won the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Kunst Award and exhibited in Inter Spaces, Trieste Contemporanea, Trieste, Italy; International Scenography Biennial, Ludwigsburg, Germany; and Kraftwerk, Berlin.


Abel Korinsky is a member of the art collective ‘Korinsky’ (pictured above) who are devoted to new sound interpretations and the artistic organisation of sound played upon vertical surfaces. ‘Korinsky’ stage three-dimensional tonal effects on vertical surfaces creating unique audio-visual experiences.

Working with multichannel sound installations, Abel Korinsky questions what could happen if sounds from the past could be reconstructed and hearable again?  What would the Big Bang sound like? If we knew, what would be the consequences for society, politics and history?

Big Bang Sounds is a pre-exhibition talk for the upcoming exhibition Experimenta Recharge 6th International Biennial of Media Art – RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, 28 November 2014 – 21 February 2015. Recharge delves into the nature of experimental practice, celebrating those inventive artists whose work is consciously inspired by and entangled in the past. According to the curator Jonathan Parsons, much of our current knowledge and meaning has deep roots, perfect for artists to explore using the most contemporary of tools. A new work by Abel Korinsky is included in the exhibition.

“You can’t really go further into the past than the Big Bang,” Mr Parsons (pictured, below right, with Abel Korinsky) said.


Event: Big Bang Sounds

Date: 29 October 2014

Time: 5.30 pm – 6 pm: Drinks and viewing of art exhibitions Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo and Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning. Drinks provided by the EU Centre at RMIT.

6 pm – 7 pm: Public talk

Location: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street Melbourne, 3000.

Bookings: RSVP necessary. Free but seating strictly limited. Ph: (03) 9925 1717.

The EU Centre at RMIT is co-funded through a Grant from the European Union and RMIT University.

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