Biennale of Sydney

Marco Fusinato

Marco Fusinato, Constellations, 2015

Marco Fusinato

Born 1964 in Melbourne, Australia
Lives and works in Melbourne

Artist and musician Marco Fusinato employs a multidisciplinary approach in his artistic practice, navigating a variety of mediums and genres. His overall aesthetic project combines allegorical appropriation with an interest in the intensity of a gesture or event. His projects often investigate opposing tensions such as the ones between high and underground culture, noise and silence, Minimalism and Maximalism. As a musician Fusinato explores the idea of noise as music, using the electric guitar and mass amplification to improvise intricate, wide-ranging and physically affecting frequencies.

Alongside his interest in the physicality of sound, Fusinato’s projects regularly incorporate audience participation with a focus on human behaviour as subject. This is demonstrated in artworks that are designed as situations in which the viewer becomes an active participant; their experience and conduct becoming both an integral part of the process of creating the work and its eventual outcome.

At Carriageworks Fusinato presents Constellations, 2015/2018, an installation that exemplifies the duality of his artistic practice, combining noise with an examination of human action and decision-making. A purpose-built, freestanding wall divides the gallery space into two equal sections. The entrance half of the gallery space is completely empty. Venturing to the other side of the wall, visitors encounter a baseball bat attached to the structure with a long steel chain. At this point, the work becomes participatory. If they choose to, visitors may pick up the bat and strike the wall once.

Unbeknownst to the audience, a concert-size public address system, including multiple subwoofers, microphones and related sound equipment, is hidden within the structure. The sound of the impact between bat and wall is amplified by a massive 120 decibels, reverberating throughout the gallery space and the building. Constellations is both an exploration of the physicality of sound and a means to observe the behaviour of those who choose to participate. The title of the installation refers to the residual dents and marks generated with each strike of the bat; the damage to the wall provides a tangible reminder of the expulsion of energy.

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