TAG: arts and science
Run Silent Run Deep

Nigel has recently been an Artist in Residence at The Marine Mammal Laboratory (Tropical Marine Science Institute) of the National University of Singapore; developing a project for ISEA2008 exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore, July ~ August 2008.

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Interactive audio cartography, driving a 12.2 immersive speaker rig.

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Hydrophone location - Floating fish farm near Palau Ubin

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Short indicative mix, the project has thousands of...

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Sculpture in the Vineyards

A new work “Transformer” has been installed at the UnderCliff Vineyard in Wollembi alongside “Spinner” which remains in-situ from last year.

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My approach to the sonic domain has always been informed by a Sculptor’s perspective which emphasises the experiential nature of sounds, linking them to the dynamic, material events that produce them and situating them within the environments that contain and propagate them.

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Talking Stick

Attentive Listening is not something that many of us allow ourselves the time to do, dominated as we are by a constant flow of visual information, and so mindful of the demands of the clock.

But listening, rather than simply hearing, is an ever present gateway to hidden worlds of detail and narrative; always close at hand, always available, always possible, requiring only our time, attention and concentration.

Be not afeared; this isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet...

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Syren for Port Jackson

Syren for Port Jackson has recently plied the waters of Sydney Harbour, delivering a unique location sensitive, immersive audio experience aboard the M.V. Regal.

The Syren project is part of the AudioNomad R+D project ~ a collaboration between the Artist Nigel Helyer and the Scientists Daniel Woo and Chris Rizos of the University of New South Wales.

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The Regal approaching Darling Harbour.

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Narrative treatments

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Lotus

“Lotus” is a recent commission for an environmental audio sculpture that is moored in the lake at ECU’s Joondalup campus.

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Lotus on-site and talking poetry ~ November 2006

“Lotus” is a development of my previous solar powered environmental audio works and is directly based upon the functional components of “Haiku” but here deployed within a space-frame that acts as a floating sub-structure for deployment in the lake at Joondalup.  Floating...

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Virtual Spirit

Exhibited.
Watch This Space, Alice Springs, 1996.

Materials. Steel wrenches, Copper Antennae, Scientific Glassware, Grubs.

Dimensions 10m x 3m x 3m.

Notes
My approach to the sonic domain has always been informed by a Sculptor’s perspective, emphasising the experiential nature of sound that links sonic events to the dynamic, material eventsthat produce them, as well as to the architectures and environments that contain and propagate them.The current work “Interferences”...

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AudioNomad + Syren

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 sound experiences.  Our approach is to mould our research and development around the real...

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Theorem

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’.

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How might an Artist approach the Paul Scherrer Institut, which by any standards, is a complex intellectual and social organism?  My strategy, simplistic though it may seem, has been to imagine PSI as eco-system, or more specifically,...

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LifeBoat

“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 sustainability, survival and notions of biological, cultural and ideological re-generation, and naturally its obverse, the...

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Toll

A Sound-sculpture installation located in two sites.

Exhibited. The Muu Galerie, Helsinki, Finland and at the Cholera Basin, Helsinki Harbour 1996.

Materials. x2 Bronze Bells, x32 Voltaic cells and electronic circuits, audio equipment with ISDN telephone line. Zinc wall texts.

Dimension. Gallery installation :- 6m x 6m, Harbour installation :- variable.

Toll. This project was realised in the Muu Galerie, Helsinki, October 1996 as part of the “Sounds From Elsewhere”...

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