Robyn Moody


Robyn Moody (CA)
Moodys works are sometimes kinetic, often make use of electronics, are frequently sociopolitical, usually beautiful, and tend to exist somewhere between installation and sculpture. They are often funny and will sometimes use technology to re-create images of nature. He incorporates the speculative quality of Science Fiction in his work, and to some extent, a science fiction aesthetic. Through the reading of something outside of this world, contemporary parallels emerge in the reader’s mind, and it is possible to imagine the transition between the world we know and the one being postulated. Many of his pieces are failed Potemkin villages - initially seen as beautiful but hiding a dark secret. He is interested in the transition in the viewer’s mind, marvelling at a delightful object or a beautiful space and gradually realising the implications of the scene. He places a great deal of importance on this moment when, for the viewer, everything changes. Single- and Group-Exhibitions, also projects in Canada, Mexico, Island and Europe: La Fabbrica del Vapore (Milan), KWAG (Kitchener/Waterloo), Alberta Biennal of Contemporary Art 2013 (Edmonton), AND Festival (Liverpool), Kling&Bang (Reykjavik), Kunst Vlaai (Amsterdam), Confederation Centre for the Arts (Charlottetown), PM Galerie (Berlin), Lydgalleriet (Bergen). Curator and Director of Gallery Potemkin (1997-2000). Since 2008 technical assistant of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. Awards: Sobey Art award nomination (2010, 2012), 2nd place Calgary Science Centre (2011), Harrison McCain Memorial Scholarship (2004) also diverse production grants.  
Nostalgia for a Myth
  • Sketch for "Nostalgia for a myth"
  • Sketch for "Nostalgia for a myth"
  • Work in progress ("Nostalgia for a myth" installation, transmediale 2015)
  • Work in progress ("Nostalgia for a myth" installation, transmediale 2015)

Nostalgia for a Myth is a kinetic sound sculpture designed to be set on the edge of a river. It is a combination of a water mill and a variation of a Polyphon – an automatic music box disc produced in Leipzig in the late 19th century. The flow of the river determines the rate at which it performs popular nostalgic songs, while also creating its own light show. This is partly rooted in Robin Moody’s own nostalgic interest in clever mechanical devices from the past, but even more so in current popular movements of nostalgia for a simpler time that did not actually happen.
For Moody, modern concepts of “organic food” and “alternative medicine” comprise a certain nostalgia which is largely manifested in food fears and obsessions about naturalness, chemical phobias and mistrust of medicine. While these may seem mere eccentricities, they have a rejection of knowledge at their core. These fetishes, being anti-science and technology, are ironically perpetuated by the fast sharing of (mis)information that technology has allowed.


mixed media installation

Grant: December 2014–February 2015, Werkleitz (DE)

EMAP/EMARE grants of Robyn Moody

Werkleitz Gesellschaft (EMARE CDN 2015)