'Salt Lines: play it as it sounds' (2015–16), is an epic sculptural instrument fashioned from sailcloth, which is continually reconfigured in allusion to shifting tidal currents. The expansion and contraction of the object evokes the ebb and flow of the world ocean according to tides and currents, and perhaps also – given the explicit labour of its rearrangement – the impact of human behaviour on this vast shared resource, particularly the rise of sea levels due to climate change. The bespoke woollen hand grips (known as 'sallys' in the field of sailing), allude to the task of marine navigation, while the custom-made church bell ropes frame the subtle sonic effects produced by manoeuvring the sailcloth as musical in their own way.
sail cloth, church bell ropes, brass, performed maintenance action
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Viktoria Marinov Bequest Fund 2016
Not on display
© Lauren Brincat
Shown in 1 exhibition
20th Biennale of Sydney, Carriageworks, 18 Mar 2016–05 Jun 2016
Referenced in 3 publications
Beatrice Gralton, The Guide. 20'th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here- it's just not evenly distributed, 'Lauren Brincat', pg. 242-243, Sydney, 2016, 243. exhibition program
Look, 'Performance work comes with instructions included', pg. 18, Sydney, Jul 2017-Aug 2017, 18 (colour illus.).
20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed, 'List of exhibited works', pg. 337-347, Australia, 2016, 337. exhibition catalogue