• Wally Debacker playing with The Fractured Heart installation


Goyte’s The Fractured Heart installation at the National Film and Sound Archive

Posted on 19 Feb 2013

Gotye visits Canberra to reconnect with his Fractured Heart 

The Fractured Heart installation which was used by Gotye during his performance of 'Somebody That I Used to Know featuring Kimbra' at the 2011 ARIA Awards is the latest addition to the National Film and Sound Archive.

Gotye (Wally De Backer)  visited Canberra last week, only a few days after winning 3 Grammy Awards, to give high school kids a masterclass in digital music and launch the installation.

The Fractured Heart is an interactive performance instrument, which is played by visitors as a light harp, which triggers a variety of animations and musical notes when played. By moving your arms in space, and with a little fun finesse, two people can 'play' a piece together. It is a collaboration between avant-garde art collective Illuminart (Cindi Drennan, Craig Laurendet, Luku Kukukuku) and Goyte (aka Wally De Backer) and was last seen at the 


You can find The Fractured Heart installation on display in the main gallery of the National Film and Sound Archive.

You can read what Wally had to say here. 


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