About

David Kirkpatrick Headshot
Photo by Eri Chiba

David Kirkpatrick is a sound and multimedia artist based in Western Sydney, Australia.

He founded Murasaki Penguin with dancer-choreographer Anna Kuroda in 2010. They create performances and installations worldwide including Subtle Downtempo No with RAW Moves Singapore (2019), Motion Theory 2 with media artist Kian-Peng Ong for Singapore Art Week (2019), Window at the TOYOTA Chorography Award Japan (2016) and the Shima series in New Zealand, Italy and Australia.

David’s other credits include sound artist for Tamara Dean’s Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art installation Stream Of Consciousness (2018), China on-set TouchDesigner operator for feature film Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) and building projection designer for 5 Illuminate Wollondilly Festivals of Art and Light (2019-15).

For a 2 page CV see davidk.com.au/works.


Thank you to the following organisations for supporting 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)
  • The National Arts Council Singapore, Singapore Art Week, Singapore Tourism Board and Supernormal
    Motion Theory commissions (2019, 2017)
  • 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)
  • Yokohama City, Japan
    Citylights~街の灯 project funding (2013)
  • Underbelly Arts Festival, Australia
    Shima project funding (2011)
  • Screen Development Australia
    Full subsidy to attend The Australian Network for Art and Technology’s (ANAT) Dome Lab (2010)
  • NSW Government
    Funding to create Threshold Live – a concert by emerging Australian sound and multimedia artists (2007)