hyperthymesia at the State of the Art Festival


co-presented by WAM and the State Library WA for the State of the Art Festival on 31/5/2014

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Kynan Tan
hyperthymesia (25 years of non-linear western australian history)
5 screens / 5 channels video, 2 channels sound

Kynan Tan has created a new audio-visual artwork for exhibition at the State Library in conjunction with the State of the Art Festival. The new work, titled hyperthymesia, utilises 5 screens of video and accompanying sound, creating a new representation of Western Australian music through rearranging and reforming the archives of material. The work creates a hyper-synaesthetic overload of the senses as thousands of moments in time are rapidly overlaid and recombined.


interview for cut common

Kynan Tan is a Perth-based audio visual artist whose work asks compelling questions about the data-filled world we live in today. Working with a glitch based idiom, his music focuses on the sonification of the unseen structures that underpin our existence. He is currently working on a new exhibition that will round out his perspectives series later this year, and discusses his work with us in greater detail.

by Sam Gillies

full article http://www.cutcommonmag.com/computer-talk-composer-kynan-tan/


studio night talk

9pm, Thursday 17 April 2014

Kynan Tan and Sam Fox will talk about their collaborative project, ‘Didactic Tools’, which involves the repurposing of teaching aides, and educational structures to probe the problematic area where art meets accumulated knowledge and/or resolution.

Hosted by Miik Green.


sand stems

remix EP

Sand Stems 1-7 is an EP of remixes using material from Austin Buckett’s Grain Loops. Buckett asked for new perspectives on the archival-esque material from 7 different artists: Andrew Pekler (Germany), Giuseppe Ielasi (Italy), Delofi (Leaving Records, USA), sought-after footworker DJ Earl (Teklife, Chicago) alongside Australian artists Te’ (Kynan Tan+Andrew Brooks), Thomas William, and Scissorlock (Marcus Whale).

Available from Room40



safARI exhibition sydney

metronymy will be exhibited alongside Benjamin Forster’s work at DNA Projects in Chippendale, Sydney as part of SafARI.

Opens Friday 14th March
runs until 4th April
more information

4-channel audio, micro-computers, speakers, amplifiers

metronymy explores language in relation to sound, communication and meaning. The work attempts to break down and recombine the particles of the sound of speech as derived from readings of thesauruses, which are then reformed into speech-imitating patterns.

DNA Projects
Benjamin Forster

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current projects

Primavera 2017 – Young Australian Artists
Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
23 August – 19 November 2017

ARTBAR SEPTEMBER 2017 – Primavera Edition: Curated by Elena Papanikolakis and Kynan Tan

PhD study, University of New South Wales, Art & Design, projected completion 2018


review: partial durations

Published in Partial Durations (Realtime)

Kynan Tan
Perspectives [macro]
Free Range Gallery
9 December, 2013
By Steve Paraskos

Kynan Tan’s first solo exhibition, perspectives [macro] explores the concept of a massive network of points as viewed from a singular perspective. Tan’s idea is that each individual point within a network or system is constantly and unendingly exerting and receiving a gravitational force in space-time on and from each other point within the system. Tan uses self-constructed computer programs to create vivid, non-linear, synaesthetic audio-visual works derived from data sets found within the collective unconscious sphere of the internet. He also projects repurposed archived footage in company with his computer-generated imagery and synthesised sounds.

Inspired by the generally-held notion that “the internet is a repository and library for outsourced thoughts and memories” and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities where “imaginary, impossible and dystopian structures are simultaneously fictitious and vivid representations of subconscious constructions”, Tan has created 3D printed sculptures rendering the data of sleeping brain activity, which sit atop an irregular plinth standing near the centre of the Free Range Gallery in Perth’s CBD. Each appears as its own city; the physical manifestation of the collective unconscious of dreaming ideas. These intricate dream-like structures are surreal models of the most audacious modern architecture and are as wondrous as they are varied.

The accompanying sound work begins as a projection of nodes massing and connecting with each other in interactive networks that betoken clicking grains. The growing network resets and builds to the call of an increasing number of beeps. Sweeping cities, colonies of ants, swarms of bees and war planes cover the projection and four screens on the side walls, reinforcing the status of the macro perspective over the negligible individual points. The harmonious phasing swamp of traffic on the busy street of Perth’s CBD just outside the door of the gallery ensures there is never a moment of silence as the wooden floor rumbles to the timed passing of trucks, buses and trains like a surround sound sub.

Microscopic particular static crackles like the communiqués of distant sirens. Moaning modems and granular glass orchestras whir into life as quickly as they cease. This is a truly immersive experience where the sounds and visuals are inseparable. The eyes and ears can only discern the art and ground themselves by referencing the other sense.

Drawing upon Einstein’s conception of gravity that “each individual object exerts forces in both space and time, and that perception of time is relative to the surrounding forces”, Tan explains that the weight of the structure affects the movement of the form through time. This computer generated form is constituted by infinitesimal saw teeth that snake as a whole in all dimensions like the lines of a multidimensional, macrocosmic polygraph. Soon after, flocking particles slowly coalesce as a heavenly choir via Einsteinian algorithmic processes.

This is the astounding and original work. One hopes that Tan’s phenomenal and prescient installation is seen the world over.

Steve Paraskos

Partial Durations is a Matthew Lorenzon/RealTime joint project.



wintering awarded

2013 Western Australian Dance Awards – Dance Australia

Outstanding Achievement in Design/Composition for Dance:
Kynan Tan (visuals), Ben Taffe (sound design) and Craig McElhinney (musician) for Wintering by Aimee Smith