THE PLANK is a collaborative group created and led by artist Robyn Backen for the project Last Word developed for the Bundanon Trust. Michelle Xen composed site-specific sound work for the Last Word performance.
“Last Word 2012, a site-specific river performance, which developed research into acoustic and light transmission systems in remote environments.
The work embodied a river fugue of voices, and channelled memory in the form of a farmers diary from the region, written in the 1880’s. The dialogue focussed on the mundane daily weather report to explore the sense of time and necessary need to understand the climate. These voices transmitted then received beside, around and across the Shoalhaven tidal zone. It referenced the Boyd landscape legacy through the light and sound transmission, which illuminated and echoed upon the ghostly hillside, as a procession ascended and eventually disappeared into darkness.”