LandFall

LandFall is situated in the marina of Port Coogee, Western Australia and responds to the history of the wreck of the Omeo that lies close to the shore.

The Omeo was built in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1858 as an iron steamship, but was later converted to sail.  She was lost in a storm on the Western Australian coast in 1905 and is now incorporated into an underwater trail.

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Omeo seemed prone to near misses

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Scan of the wreck site.

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The project site

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Project layout...

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The Deluge Ark(ive)

The Deluge Ark(ive).

The Deluge Ark(ive) exhibition comprises an exhibition, the launch of an Artist’s book and a performance event at the new Moonah Arts Centre in Hobart, Tasmania (16th November to the 16th December 2017).

The project arose in a curious manner.  Some three years ago I was engaged by Sabanci University in Istanbul as a visiting artist and professor with a mission to develop and exhibit a new work based upon creative research in the Black Sea that...

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A Dissimulation of Birds

Our capacity to communicate, and more so our ability to sing is directly related to our intimate evolutionary relationship with the acoustic genius of birds. Our species has internalised and evolved the trills and warbles of birdsong to form language and music.

A Dissimulation of Birds pays homage to the virtuosity of our feathered friends and playfully manipulates sonic mimicry, human on bird and bird on human. 

Twelve small wooden bird houses are installed at the...

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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.”

The...

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Landscape/Portrait

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The exhibition Landscape/Portrait (February/April 2017) documents the creative research that forms the core of a three-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant project, When Science Meets Art: an environmental portrait of the Shoalhaven River Valley. This arts driven research project, is based at Macquarie University and has as its personnel the researchers; Professor John Potts; Artist and Adjunct Professor Nigel Helyer; Professor Mark Taylor...

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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

The NomansLanding project is created by five international artists; Robyn Backen (Australia) Andre Dekker (Netherlands) Graham Eatough (Scotland) Nigel Helyer (Australia) and Jennifer Turpin (Australia)  and jointly developed by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Glasgow Life and Urbane Künste Germany, Nomanslanding made its debut at Darling Harbour in April 2015, and later featured at the Ruhrtrienniale 2015 in Germany. In 2017 the project made its final appearance at...

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