Architecture for Bees; Bees for Architecture

Architecture for Bees and Bees for Architecture is a three day workshop at the Kaisanemi Botanical Gardens, Helsinki, Finland offered by Australian artist Dr. Nigel Helyer as part of the ongoing Melliferopolis urban bee project.

Architecture for Bees and Bees for Architecture is a project that considers the architectural capacities and potentials of colonial bees and the ways in which we can interact in the hive on inter-species co-creation of sculptural forms.

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Bristle

Bristle is a recent public art project commissioned by Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia which was installed in early 2014.

Bristle is passive kinetic sculpture driven by the elements and is inspired by biological structures, in particular the crystalline forms of microscopic organisms such as Diatoms and Radiolaria.

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Bristle on-site

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Inititial render of Bristle project

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Concept sketch

The work has a radial structure with a symmetry of six and is locked...

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Breathless; Take a Deep Breath

Take a Deep Breath; Breathless

My creative practice is increasingly focussed upon bringing together the physical and ecological environments together with our social and cultural contexts.

Using the media of multichannel sound installation; data sonification and sonic cartography these hybrid works are designed to create new forms of sonic space in which it is possible to experience, examine and reflect upon the complexities and consequences of our interactions in an...

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Public Art concepts

Whilst the Sonic Objects; Sonic Architecture site is full of large scale public art and environmental projects they are of course the tip of the iceberg.  Man proposes and God disposes as the saying goes; or in the realm of architectural and public art competitions the final call may not be 100% divine.  So here are some images for public artworks drawn from the proposal process.  Some of these works have been commissioned and built (but these are all in the site anyhow)...

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Ars Memoriae Mexicana

The outstretched palm, that of the Buddha etched with the precious objects, of Islam warding off evil;  of Christ before Golgotha, of a Toureg woman tattooed in cyphers or a simple punctum ~ Stop!  The mind works too fast for logic, it sifts, sorts and assembles metaphors, associations and gestalts, this hand I had seen it before, this route map of homo faber.  The blind guitarist is leaning against a lime washed wall, his eyes rolled back looking at a universe just above...

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Float like a Butterfly; Sting like a Bee

A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver
and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction
of her cells. But what distinguishes the worst architect from the
best of the bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in
his imagination before he erects it in reality

Karl Marx Capital.

So can an insect Dance about Dancing? Or Think about Thinking?  Or is the mechanistic metaphor too simple?

So what of language, of negotiation,...

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Supereste ut Pugnatis (Pugnatis) ut Supereste

Supereste ut Pugnatis (Fight to Live) was the motto of the Chemical Defence Establishment* and is the metaphorical banner of a work developed for the SemiPermeable+ exhibition mounted by SymbioticA at the PowerHouse Museum, Sydney as part of ISEA2013. The work examines the intersection between the Visual Arts and Bio-Sciences and focusses upon the development of metaphors that address the membrane in biology, politics and culture.

(*In 1940 biological warfare work began...

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Songs from the UnderWorld_V2

In a Cosmos of noise and static they say it is music that calms the savage beast.  It is music and voice, fused into song that civilises us. 

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Orpheus the mythopoetic father of song sailed with Jason’s crew on the Argonaut and averted tragedy by outplaying the alluring song of the Sirens.

And it was Orpheus who journeyed into the Underworld to reclaim his dead wife Euridice by charming Hades and Persephone with the song of his magical Lyre, asserting the power of...

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WYSSA - All my love darling

WYSSA ~ All my love darling!

WYSSA ~ All my love darling! is a work that combines vocal texts derived from the ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition)
Telecommunications Code Books and combined with Bio_logging data collected from Southern Elephant Seals diving under the Ice shelves and on long Southern Ocean Transits.

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The ANARES WYSSA teletype morse code words formed a compressed lexicon that allowed Antarctic expeditioners to communicate with their...

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Songs from the UnderWorld

My practice is increasingly focussed upon bringing together the physical and ecological environment together with our social and cultural contexts. Using the media of multichannel sound installation; data-sonification and sonic-cartography these hybrid works are designed to create new forms of sonic space in which it is possible to experience, examine and reflect upon the complexities and consequences of our interactions in an increasingly chaotic world.

Songs from the...

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