15 February 2013
FREE event

Wally de Backer (Gotye), Photograph by Cybele Malinowski

A celebration of collaborative art

Gotye’s work gives testimony to the potential of an open-minded, inclusive arts practice. His music defies categories and genres by combining electronica with (sampled) acoustic instruments and by re-appropriating and re-contextualising pre-existing musical figures and expressions into new works that are as original as they are eclectic.

His collaborative approach applies to his own music. On stage his solo efforts in the studio are translated into energetic ensemble performances and dazzling video animation, and in crowdsourcing and remixing user-generated versions of 'Somebody That I Used to Know’ into Somebodies he created the first true 'YouTube symphony’. This gesture extends into the legal domain too, where an exclusive policy of controlling use of works gives way to a more inclusive approach of 'sharing’.

A premier example of this approach is the collaboration between Gotye and illuminart to create Fractured Heart, an interactive sculpture that allows visitors to ‘remix’ the songs 'Somebody That I Used to Know’ and 'State of the Art’ in real time, using their bodies to trigger sounds and light animations. The NFSA is proud to exhibit Fractured Heart at its Canberra headquarters and to bring you an evening of presentations and screenings curated and introduced by Gotye and illuminart.


Specialising in the design and creation of world-class projection art, cross-disciplinary arts and audiovisual storytelling of lasting significance to communities, illuminart worked closely with Gotye to create Fractured Heart. Their avant-garde media art projects incorporate illumination, interactive projection art and performance, developed in creative partnerships and collaborations among a variety of disciplines. Projection sculpture by illuminart combines audiovisual media mapped to conform to the shape of three-dimensional structures, sculptures and architectural forms. The technique of projection mapping to structures is also described as augmented sculpture, as the projected image may transform the sculpture with temporal and lighting illusions. Learn more about the amazing and colourful work of illuminart.


6:00 pm: Launch of Fractured Heart exhibit by Gotye and illuminart. A free event, no bookings required.

7:30 pm: Visual Music screening in Arc Cinema. Gotye presents works by some of his favourite animators, and talks about his collaborations. Doors open at 7:15 pm.
(NB: The Visual Music screening with Gotye is now booked out. You can still come along to the Fractured Heart launch with Gotye at 6pm. Extra seats for the screening might become available on the night, on a first come, first served basis.)

9:00 pm: illuminart After Dark will light up the courtyard with amazing light and sound sculptures. The sculptures have been used by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. Enjoy a drink and light snack from Teatro Fellini Cafe while you experiment with the sculptures. A free event, no bookings required.

Please be advised there is limited capacity for these events. We advise early arrival to avoid disappointment.

Photo Gallery on Flickr

Follow Gotye’s activities during his day in Canberra.


NFSA Connects

Gotye shared his composition and performance techniques with about 90 students from high schools in Victoria, Queensland and NSW. Read more about this NFSA Connects session.

Visual Music

The following playlist is an online version of the Visual Music screening, curated and presented by Gotye himself.

Fractured Heart

Learn more about Fractured Heart at the NFSA.