The Biological MIxer

By Sarah Moss.

Dr Nigel Helyer, also known as Dr Sonique, has a fascination with data sonifications.  “I’ve done quite a lot of projects where I build a really big audio library, maybe in certain categories,” he said. “It might be environmental sounds, local music, aural history archival sounds or from early radio in that area. You create the material to make an audio portrait but then I link that through a computer system to data collection software.”

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Landscape/Portrait

Bundanon: an environmental portrait - John Potts.

The exhibition Landscape/Portrait is part of a three-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant project, When Science Meets Art: an environmental portrait of the Shoalhaven River Valley. This research project, based at Macquarie University, has as its personnel the researchers Professor John Potts, Adjunct Professor Nigel Helyer, Professor Mark Taylor (Macquarie University) and Professor Mark Evans (UTS)....

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Landscape/Portrait

Bundanon: an environmental portrait - John Potts.

The exhibition Landscape/Portrait is part of a three-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant project, When Science Meets Art: an environmental portrait of the Shoalhaven River Valley. This research project, based at Macquarie University, has as its personnel the researchers Professor John Potts, Adjunct Professor Nigel Helyer, Professor Mark Taylor (Macquarie University) and Professor Mark Evans (UTS)....

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Heavy Metal

Elements and minerals lay buried in the landscape tracing diagrams of human activity. Specks of alluvial Gold washed down to the flood plain from worked-out mountain mine shafts; the mineral auras that reveal the long-vanished outlines of farm-buildings and the tell-tale chemical fallout from workplaces.

Boyd painted this (mineralised) landscape with colours which were themselves formulated from earthy compounds and exotic metals, milled to a fine paste in linseed oil and...

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CultCult - audio illumination from the Ocean

All of us have in our veins the exact
same percentage of salt in our blood
that exists in the ocean, and, therefore,
we have salt in our blood, in our sweat,
in our tears. We are tied to the ocean.
And when we go back to the sea - whether
it is to sail or to watch it - we are going
back from whence we came.

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CultCult - audio illumination from the Ocean installed in the barn at Sao Luis.

This quote from J.F. Kennedy is a reminder and a caution that we share our fate with...

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BioLogging Retrofit

The ‘Under the Icecap‘ art and science collaboration aims to illuminate the fundamental connection between human activities and planetary dynamics, by creating an experimental installation and performance series that will visualise and sonify scientific and statistical datasets. In essence Under the IceCap renders complex environmental bio-logging data-sets collected by Southern Elephant Seals on their under-ice dives and open ocean transits with economic and climatic...

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BioPods_V2 The Nebuchadnezzar Suite

BioPods_V2; The Nebuchadnezzar Suite is the second contribution from the Where Science Meets Art ARC project to the Bundanon Trust SiteWorks programme.  The thematic for Siteworks 2015 is Feral and the three Biomorphic sculptures can be considered as Biology turned feral as Sculpture or naturally Sculpure turned feral as Biology.

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The works on the hill at Riversdale

Each of the works is designed to be inhabited, standing, sitting and laying down and each form is...

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NomansLanding

No Mans Land refers to the impasse, the place no one dares traverse, the gap of fear and uncertainty between two sides of tentative safety –a memory, a metaphor inherited from the impossible stand off of World War 1 trench warfare.

How can this empty space, this vacuum of devastation be poetically reimagined?

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Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich...

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BioPod

The BioPods project was developed for the Bundanon Trust annual Siteworks 2014 festival but is also the debut project of When Art meets Science a three year ARC (Australian Research Council) project conducted between the artist and cultural and environmental researchers at Macquarie University; with The Bundanon Trust and the Australia Council for the Arts as partners.  Read a synopsis of the ARC project below.

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Preparing the new jetty.

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The BioPod ashore waiting to...

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Eine Kleine GeneMusiK

GeneMusiK rides Again!

The GeneMusiK project had its origins in 2003 during a three month Artist in Residence hosted by the SymbioticA lab at the University of Western Australia.  At that time I worked in the Department of Agricultural Sciences with Dr Gary Cass on the conceptual and biological framework of a system that would allow music to be encoded into DNA sequences. This genetic material would subsequently be re-mixed within the plasmid DNA of bacteria and...

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