Four brief ‘Treatments’ representing user experiences for AudioNomad mobile locations sensitive augmented audio systems.
The Audio Nomad project is an exciting new development in Australian Research and Development that combines the skills and talents of Artists with those of Scientists in an imaginative collaboration that is developing technologies to support and deliver creative public sound-art events. Our specific interests are in location sensitive, mobile audio systems that generate immersive […]Read More →
Between June 2004 and February 2005 Nigel Helyer worked as an Artist in Residence at the Paul Scherrer Institut, one of Switzerland’s largest research laboratories. The Following is extracted from the Institut publication ‘Aktuell’. How might an Artist approach the Paul Scherrer Institut, which by any standards, is a complex intellectual and social organism? My […]Read More →
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“LifeBoat” is a prosaic title indicating both the physical reality (the project is contained within a fully weatherproofed ship’s lifeboat) and somewhat more conceptually, as the lifeboat has become home to a Biotechnology lab; a home to the processes of life itself. On a metaphorical level, this project is designed to deal with concepts of […]Read More →
Wild2000 http://www.year01.com/issue10/australia.html Magnus-Opus http://www.swr.de/swr2/audiohyperspace/engl_version/audioart/projects/magnus_opus.html SonicLandscapes + AudioNomad http://www.unsw.edu.au/news/adv/uniken/uniken0308/page4.html http://www.gmat.unsw.edu.au/snap/new/sonic_demo.htm http://www.isea2004.net/mainframe.php?id=hot_syren NoiseFloor http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2003/february19/sound-219.html LifeBoat. http://www.life-boat.org http://www.aftenposten.no/kul_und/article835831.ece http://www.aftenposten.no/kul_und/article835830.ece http://numedia.scola.ac-paris.fr/index.php?rub=2 http://www.liberation.fr/page.php?Article=231716 http://www.isea2004.net/mainframe.php?id=hot_lifeboat Commentary in Realtime. http://www.realtimearts.net/rt58/kg_sound.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt62/beap.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt50/helyer.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt58/kg_sound.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt61/leggett_synapse.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt46/kahn.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt46/jones.html http://www.realtimearts.net/beap/percival_sonic.html http://www.realtimearts.net/beap/muller_small.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt62/beap.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt50/mowson.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt51/priest_sound.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt51/rackham.html http://www.realtimearts.net/beap/priest_sonic.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt58/content.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt55/gallasch_berlin.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt48/soboslay.html Seed/OzCo http://www.ozco.gov.au/arts_in_australia/projects/projects_new_media_arts/nigel_helyer_-_seed/ Australian Sound Design Project http://www.sounddesign.unimelb.edu.au/web/biogs/P000087b.htm Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award http://www.arch.usyd.edu.au/web/general/whatson/html/nigelhelyer.html Globe http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/visarts/globe/issue7/nhtxt.html http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/visarts/globe/issue11/mgtxt.html […]Read More →
The science and art synapse
With increasingly evil results to all of us, the separation is every day widening between the man of science and the artist…. [the artists] not only do not desire, they imperatively and scornfully refuse, either the force, or the information, which are beyond the scope of the flesh and the senses of humanity.
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Sonic ecology: SonicDifference Conference
Plato’s Cave is the first place that I am metaphorically taken to by Nigel Helyer, the curator of the Sonic Difference exhibition and convener of this parallel conference. Plato had evoked a very powerful image, a gathering of puppeteers performing in a cave, their audience of chained prisoners with their backs to the fire looking at the shadows on the walls. There has been “an omission in history” however. Sound has not found a place in this allegory, despite the fact that humankind is “equipped to hear the invisible” with an sense organ that places us in the middle of a 360 degree sonic landscape. Helyer is determined to shift this perception that “the eye is the master and the ear is the slave”, as are the artists present at the SonicDifference conference. He proposes that there is a “dual alignment between technology and cultural discourse” that needs to be explored. I am also very relieved to hear that there is no established sonic theoretical discourse and sit back and look forward to being turned on to sound as the “perfect medium for changing my modus operandi in this changing world.”Read More →
Siege culture: SonicDifference conference
Discussion of sound and its place in the hierarchy of arts practice frequently takes the position of an artform under siege. Despite or because of the fact that hearing is considered our most constant sense–the first developed in the womb, and that which we can not shut out through physical means–artists who choose to focus on sound as their primary mode of expression spend a lot of time defining and claiming ground, snatching priorities back from a visually focused culture. With the title SonicDifference: Resounding the World it is not surprising that this conference traversed this well trammelled territory, however the resulting discussions were intriguing in the depth and diversity of the positions taken.Read More →
A deep vibration: A small migration
Standing in Shawn Decker’s sound installation A small migration is like being inside an exploded piano, or more precisely it is like standing inside the moment of explosion. The component parts of the work are suspended around me as though frozen in time. Still, yet full of potential movement; they generate a physical sense of imminence. At either end of the gallery large wooden frames support scaffolding bars rigged by chains from the ceiling. Piano wires are stretched across the gallery between the frames. At one end small striker motors are positioned alongside each wire; the installation responds to a series of computer-generated algorithms which trigger the motors that strike the wires.