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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BeeWork

Bees, their social organisation and collective industry have long served as a metaphor, however anthropomorphic, for human endeavour and structured labour.

We can be as busy as a bee toiling in a hive of industry, admiring of the Queen bee from our lowly position as a Drone.  Whilst these phrases may conjure up a dystopic vision of Metropolis or Brave New World with their rigid discipline and hierarchy we stereotypically admire (in a misguided and extremely...

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Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey is a new eight channel sound installation commissioned for SiteWorks by the Bundanon Trust.  The work is installed in the music room of the old Homestead and incorporated the Steinway piano.

A short documentary video of Milk and Honey (put together by Mike Leggett) that shows the disposition of the audio actuators.

A Land of Milk and Honey from Bundanon Trust on Vimeo.

A land flowing with Milk and Honey the phrase from Exodus that describes the...

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Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow is a twelve channel audio sculpture currently on exhibition in Istanbul as part of ISEA 2011 ~ and here is a link to my individual page.

The work is presented as an interactive audio sculpture in the form of a dinner table set with twelve Willow Pattern plates.  Each plate is treated to show only a fragment of the original pattern, in such a manner that the entire set combines to form the complete image.  In turn each plate is mounted on a Solid Drive...

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VoxAura

VoxAura; The River Sings.

This is the VoxAura; The River Sings project which opened on August 4th 2011 as part of the Turku is Listening programme during the Turku 2011, European Capital of Culture.

Download the local information here.

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Visit the VoxAura Gallery

A pre-event discussion of the VoxAura Project.

Our blood has the same salinity as the Ocean, a reminder of the origin of all life on the planet and a warning that we share our well being...

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CrayVox

CrayVox is a project completed for the IASKA Space(D) Biennale on exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre February to March 2012.  The exhibition is now on a Australia wide tour.

Prelude.

For most of the Autumn of 2011 I was living in Cray fishing communities on the Houtman Abrohlos Islands which are situated some 60 ~ 100 km west of Geraldton in Western Australia.  The Abrohlos are the southernmost coral islands in the world and are home to a unique fishing industry...

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Bio_Logging and Under the IceCap

Bio_Logging project development.

Bio_Logging is a collaboration between Artist Dr Nigel Helyer and Dr Mary-Ann Lea of the Institue for Marine and Antarctic Studies (University of Tasmania, Hobart) which seeks to link scientific bio-logging and GIS techniques with the Artist’s interests in interactive acoustic cartography, data signification and the development of Audio-Portraits to extend the conceptual and intuitive grasp of otherwise abstract data.

The collaboration...

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