Resonant - Fremantle Biennale

Bori Benko & Rob Kettels

Resonant is an exhibition bringing together two distinct installations at PS Art Space by Bori Benko and Rob Kettels. In conversation with space, time and, one another. Resonant will transport viewers into an entangled vibrational and sonic world, into a space of shared visual lyricism and intertwined histories.

Bori Benko’s Songs to the Universe makes visible the vibrating forces beyond our perception. Everything in our world, in the digital landscape and within our bodies, hum with vibrational energy. Bori captures these different frequencies and unique tunes in her moving mechanical sculptures. Revealed in this exhibition are the harmonies, patterns and travelling waves that are usually invisible to the human eye.

Rob Kettels’ installation delves into the legacy of maritime time-balls – now obsolete navigational instruments – which served as signalling devices for mariners beginning in the early 19th century. Inspired by a historical incident in 1911 when Fremantle’s time-ball malfunctioned, dropping at the incorrect time, Rob’s artwork unfolds in a fictional narrative portraying a ship’s disorientating return to Europe with its timepiece mistakenly set. Electromechanical assemblages and animated sequences playfully expose and challenge settler colonial notions of mastery and control of time.

Exhibition will be open Thursday to Friday from the 3rd of November to the 19th of November.

Resonant, Bori Benko & Rob Kettels (2023). Commissioned by the Fremantle Biennale for SIGNALS 23. Photo by Duncan Wright.