David Kirkpatrick Headshot
Photo by Eri Chiba

David Kirkpatrick’s practice crosses sound composition, live visuals, performance and installation. His works highlight the flow of time and essence of individual moments. He is based in Western Sydney, Australia and works worldwide.

David is a founding member of Murasaki Penguin with dancer choreographer Anna Kuroda. Their works include Window at the TOYOTA Chorography Award Japan (2016) and upcoming Motion Theory 2 with Kian Peng Ong for Singapore Art Week 2019. David’s other recent roles include sound artist for Tamara Dean’s Stream Of Consciousness at the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art 2018, China on-set TouchDesigner operator for feature film Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) and building projection designer for the Illuminate Wollondilly Festivals Australia (2015-18).

Accolades include Australia-Japan Foundation (DFAT) funding (2016), Wellington LUX festival installation funding (2015), Australia Council for the Arts [OYEA (2012), Digital Culture funding (2010), ArtStart (2009)] and a Fellowship of Australian Composers Award (2007).

For a 2 page CV see David Kirkpatrick WebCV.pdf

Thank you to the following organisations for their much-appreciated support of past projects:
  • Australia Council for the Arts
    The following projects have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
    Motion Theory 2 – Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups (2019)
    Citylights~街の灯 – Opportunities for Young and Emerging Artists Commission (2012)
    Detours & Destinations Installation – Digital Culture Fund (2010)
    Laying the foundations to make a living as a sound and multimedia artist – ArtStart Grant (2009)
  • Australia-Japan Foundation (DFAT)
    Murasaki Penguin’s Window at the TOYOTA Choreography Award 2016 was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. (2016)
  • RAW Moves, Singapore
    Subtle Downtempo No new work commission and residency (2019)
  • FORM Dance Projects, Australia
    Dove Lake residency (2018)
  • TOYOTA Japan
    TOYOTA Chorography Award finalist funding (2016)
  • Wellington LUX Festival, New Zealand
    Shima for Wellington installation funding (2015)
  • Steep Slope Studio, Japan
    Window development residency (2015)
  • Ausdance NSW
    Window and Depth Dance Artist In Residence (DAIR) residencies (2014 and 2015)
  • Brand X, Australia
    Depth Performing Arts Residency (2014)
  • Underbelly Arts Festival, Australia
    Shima project funding (2011)
  • Screen Development Australia
    Full subsidy to attend The Australian Network for Art and Technology’s (AAT) Dome Lab (2010)
  • NSW Government
    Funding to create Threshold Live – a concert by emerging Australian sound and multimedia artists (2007)