I am a sound artist who works with found sounds such as field recordings and homemade instruments. The majority of my work is based around experience and events that happen in my life. Whenever I make a sound piece, it is always based around an experience, or a discussion of an idea or concept.
I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree at the Australian National University. I have played my music alongside many prominent experimental musicians such as Seaworthy, Mike Cooper, Pimmon, Spartak and more.
I also work with video and animation. My experimental film Tokyo, Japan (Detail) was shown last year at the Open Frame Festival held at the Australian National University School of Art Gallery. A collaborative experimental film which was created by myself and 10 other students was shown at the National Film and Sound Archive earlier this year.
This project was based around convict love tokens, many of which can be found at the National Museum of Australia.
The round object upon the plinth, serves as a 'screen' for rear projection. I projected images of convict love tokens, on a 10 frame per second, 3.5 second loop, Scattered on the ground are 5000 'love tokens', each one representing each convict that was aboard the first three fleets. The sound component was immersive, with messages from the love tokens being recited over the top of one another, making it impossible to hear each message.
The idea behind this project was to put in contrast the beautiful and emotional nature of
the tokens, with the sheer number of convicts that were transported.
Title: Longing from New Holland
Date: May 2009
View Luke Penders' Longing from New Holland (MPEG4 16mb) duration 2:50
Some 160,000 convicts were sent to the Australian colonies from 1788 to 1868. One of those convicts was Thomas Lock. He was convicted of highway robbery and sentenced to 10 years' transportation to New South Wales. Before Lock left England, as he waited in prison for his sentence to be carried out, he used a penny to make a token of remembrance to leave behind. The inscription reads:
WHEN / THIS YOU / SEE / REMEMBER /
ME WHEN / I AM FAR / FROM the[e] /
THOMAS / LOCK / AGED 22 / TRANSPed /
Lock gave this memento to a loved one when he sailed for Australia. He arrived in Sydney in September 1845. It is not known if he ever returned to England.
Collector and consultant Peter Lane detailed his research on convict tokens in a presentation at the National Museum on 13 June 2009. The talk also covered the Alexander Mussen ambrotype and the Muriel McPhee trousseau.