02.11.19 to 24.11.19




Fremantle Biennale 


Commissioned by Fremantle Biennale, Undercurrents19, Twist of the Sea occupies 4 galleries in the Moore’s Contemporary Art Building. Three videos and an installation responds to the power of the Tradewinds , the sensation of drifting, the phenomena of the doldrums at the nexus of the northern and southern hemispheres , underwater currents and algal bloom. 

The Fremantle Biennale is a unique art event hosting the best in site-responsive art. Situated in new and found sites within Fremantle (Western Australia), The Biennale presents invited Australian and international artists who respond to and work with the history, landscape and communities that make-up the rich tapestry of Fremantle.  For more about the Fremantle Biennale go to


'Twist of the Sea' is a 5 minute video projection about the circular winds and monsoonal patterns as two protagonists twist and turn, drifting on the surface of the indian ocean with the water currents made visible through the use of red and blue tracer dyes and 'stains' the  Ocean. The monsoons that govern the Indian ocean are unpredictable and change with every season, and the winds and currents of Volta Do Mar (twist of the sea) have a predictable pattern and follow the same direction every day of the year, every season.  This single video installation takes  the locus of the Fremantle Harbour, on the rim of the Indian Ocean to conflate  unpredictable wind and currents patterns with that of vulnerability and drifting in a maelstrom of doubt.

In the second gallery are two 3 channel videos titled 'Doldrums' and 'Tempo Rubato Bloom' The trade winds of both hemispheres meet at what is termed the Doldrums and I reference the medieval ocean maps that featured in the top corners the wind cherubs  blowing onto the oceans. 'Tempo Rubato Bloom' is an expression of underwater mayhem with colour and sound presented as glitches alluding to the unpredictability of slow and quiet seas. In the central gallery, Cool Breeze , is an installation of suspnded inflatable floatation tubes imagining currents running over the viewer complemented by excerpts from the poem by American poet Walt Whitman ‘As I ebb’d with the ocean of Life’ .

Site situational, all filming was done on location in Fremantle . The Biennale opened with 'Waterlicht‘ by Dutch artist,  Daan Roosegaarde an immersive work that looks at rising tides emitting a blue light above heads of the public and across  Esplanade Park, Fremantle.


See full Video 'Twist of the Sea' here 5.12 min






Still 'Doldrums' 2019 by Penny Coss

Still 'Doldrums' 2019  2020

Still from 3 channel 4k video duration 5 mins

Doldrums still by Penny Coss

Doldrums still  2020


Doldrums still by Penny Coss

Doldrums still  2021

Still from 3 channel 4k video duration 5 mins

2min duration

Installation Still Twist of the Sea 2019 by Penny Coss

Installation Still Twist of the Sea 2019  2019

Still from single channel 4k video

2.4 x 4 metres projection

Installation View by Penny Coss

Installation View  2019



Installation View by Penny Coss

Installation View  2019



Installation View- 3 channel Video 'Doldrums' by Penny Coss

Installation View- 3 channel Video 'Doldrums'  2019



Still image from Twist of the Sea by Penny Coss

Still image from Twist of the Sea  2019

single channel 4k video

Text Installation by Penny Coss

Text Installation  2019

text on wall from poem 'As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life' Walt Whitman


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