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Mexico Is Different

God is feeling friendly so he invites all the devils and demons to a dinner party but he imposes one condition, they must eat and drink without bending their arms! Without a second thought, the devils and demons accept and arrive promptly for the feast. They eat voraciously, lifting the delicious food and drink vertically above their heads with arms outstretched, pouring the victuals into their mouths like an avalanche. It is a bunch of happy, but very messy, devils who...

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Under the Icecap

Under the IceCap.

Dr. Nigel Llwyd William Helyer and Dr. Mary-Anne Lea
University of Western Australia & University of Tasmania

Contact: Dr. Helyer
sonic@sonicobjects.com
http://www.sonicobjects.com

Contact: Dr Mary-Anne Lea
MaryAnne.Lea@utas.edu.au
http://www.imas.utas.edu.au/people/profiles/current-staff/mary-anne-lea

Abstract.
Under the IceCap is one of a series of creative outcomes resulting from the Bio_Logging Art + Science project  at the Institute for Marine...

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EcoLocated: Art Science and the Environment.

A recent interview between John Potts and Nigel Helyer, download the PDF from Material Thinking EcoLocated; Art, Science and the Environment.

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The Sonic Nomadic:Exploring Mobile Surround-Sound Interactions

A comprehensive but succinct description of the work of AudioNomad Research Group published in the IEEE,  The Sonic Nomadic: Exploring Mobile Surround-Sound Interactions

IEEE_final.pdf

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Ars Electronica; Vitae Brevis

The old man is quietly pruning his rose bush behind the hedge as the voice in my headphones asks me to look at the three steps that lead to the entrance of this quiet suburban dwelling.  It was through this door sixty years ago, that SS officers filed to seek ‘comfort’ with female prisoners forced into prostitution.  The male voice continues with a description of how after the war, he remodelled the house, demolishing the two metre wide wooden cubicles to make domestic...

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Gran Tourismo

GranTourismo.

As in a fairytale, once in every ten years the stars align in Europa and within a space of two weeks a series of massive exhibitions draw huge crowds of aficionados.  This year the spectacle was spun into a Grand Tour with the cultural equivalent of soccer trains linking, Venice, Basel, Kassel and Münster into a portable visual feast.  But beyond the babble of artspeak in the express train dining cars, no overarching conceptual thematic could possibly...

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Soundarts and the Living Dead

Imagine starkness;

“A late evening in the future ~ Krapp’s den.

Front centre a small table, the two drawers of which open towards audience.  Sitting at the table, facing front, i.e. across from the drawers, a wearish old man: Krapp.

Rusty black narrow trousers too short for him. Rust black sleeveless waistcoat, four capacious pockets. Heavy silver watch and chain. Grimy white shirt open at neck, no collar. Surprising pair of dirty white boots, size ten at least, very...

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McMahon Interview

In Australia he most recently featured as one of the 5 finalists of the new Contempora 5 art competition, now Australia’s largest (in monetary terms) art prize, the winner receiving A$100 000 over two years, this year awarded to Fiona Hall. Helyer’s piece, Silent Forest was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria and, somewhat controversially, publically received a personal commendation by Victoria’s Premier and Arts Minister, Jeff Kennett.

The harder you listen, the...

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Leaven_Goldberg

 

The Royal Botanic Gardens, set in thirty luxuriant hectares on the shores of Sydney Harbour’s Farm Cove, is the main centre for enquiry and information relating to the study of botany and horticulture in the state of New South Wales. It is also promoted as a cultural and historical site of some significance. This is appropriate, given that this is the place where seven months after the First Fleet sailed into the Aboriginal Cadigal’s Warrang (Sydney Cove) in 1788,...

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Nigel Helyer’s Silent Forest by Doug Kahn

Nigel Helyer, a major sculptor and sound artist, has been a key individual in the development of an active and sophisticated sound arts in Australia, through his example certainly, but also through the energies of his activism and teaching. Another key individual has been Tony MacGregor, of The Listening Room audio arts programme of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, who assisted with the sound in the installation Silent Forest, a work about Vietnam, is to...

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