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Sequential stills from 'Interplanetary Radio Frequencies: received from different planetary magnetospheres 1979-2017' (Venice version)
at ‘PERSONAL STRUCTURES Open Borders', in Palazzo Mora, Venice. Showing in parallel with the 57th Venice Biennale: 13th May - 26th Nov 2017.

art practice

Engaging with sonic visualisations through sited acoustic experimentation has become the primary focus of my art practice since 2005. Interactive installations created since 2010 have involved researching live sonic processes made visual through the use of the sound emission analyzer, Overtone Analyzer (Sygyt Software). These installations include projections of sonic visualisations that respond to a variety of acoustic sources and microphones, picking up participative co-production of acoustic experimentation.

Other sound frequency installations have responded to recordings of electro-acoustic phenomena: for example in 'Interplanetary Radio Frequencies' (above) two eras of radio waves received from different planetary magnetospheres have been focused on: 1979-80 and 2012-2017. Plasma waves detected within our own magnetosphere between 60-36,000 miles from Earth have been visulised and were received during the last five years. In 2016, the bow shock of Juno passing between the interplanetary solar wind environment and Jupiter's less dense magnetosphere has also been visualized, and is analagous to a sonic boom (Kurth, 2016) (see stills above). The earliest transmissions are from Voyager in 1980 and include many mechanical spacecraft sounds, setting up self-reflexive machinic resonances between the spacecraft structure and Saturn's planetary magnetosphere. All of these radio waves have been visualized through the sound emission analyzer, Overtone Analyzer, and then refracted into a circular projection. The NASA audio files were accessed through University of Iowa's SpaceAudio.org.

My art practice has been based at APT Studios in Deptford since 1995. More recent studies have included an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths (2009-11), and an MA Art & Design Education at the Institute of Education (2006-8). Since 2006 I have been employed at University of the Arts London, working at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Art in a variety of roles. Currently I am an active member of the Digital Maker Collective based at Chelsea College of Art. My work can also be accessed at UAL Research Online

Collectively initiating and co-curating exhibitions with others has become another important aspect of my working process as an artist. Encouraging longer set up times that allow for on-site experimentation and collaboration is of continuing interest.


events and exhibitions 2017-18

PERSONAL STRUCTURES Open Borders, Palazzo Mora, Strada Nuova 3659, Venice, Italy.
In parallel with the 57th Venice Biennale: 13th May - 26th Nov 2017.
Private Views: 11th and 12th May, 2017: 6.00 - 10.00 pm.
Showing updated Venice version of Interplanetary Radio Frequencies 1979-2017 in Space 3B.
More information about exhibiting artists: www.palazzomora.org
Hosted by the European Cultural Centre in Venice: www.europeanculturalcentre.eu

DIGITAL MAKER COLLECTIVE at TATE EXCHANGE, 5th floor, Switch House, Tate Modern, London: with the Digital Making Art School, University of the Arts London: 8th Feb - 22nd March.
Durational experiment: Sonic Sensing: with surface speakers, contact microphones and sound visualisations: 8th Feb - 22nd March. Presented at RE-ANIMATING MATERIALITY THROUGH SOUND, an event curated by Sadhna Jain: 22nd March, 2017.

Showing new work in CUBE4x4x4, Augartenstrasse 68, Mannheim, Germany: 9th Sept - 21st Oct 2017. Curated by Blanka Heinecke, März Galerie, Mannheim: www.maerz-galerie-mannheim.de
Vera Molnar (early computer artist: see digitalartmuseum.org) and Susanne Lynar will be showing work in the adjoining März Galerie.

Developing new installation for 'Against Static: Processes and Technologies of Drawing', DIGITAL MAKER COLLECTIVE, Wimbledon Space, Wimbledon College of Art, London. April-May 2018.


workshops 2017

ELECTR"O"ACTIVE GRID, TATE EXCHANGE, 5th floor, Switch House, Tate Modern, London: 22nd Feb, 2017. A collaborative workshop between members of the Digital Maker Collective, CYLAND Media Art Lab (St Petersburg), Hill Mead Primary School (Brixton) and London Connected Learning Centre.

DIGITAL MAKERS: Be an Interactive Artist! Taylor Digital Studio, Tate Britain: 12th April 2017. A TATE KIDS workshop for young people developed collaboratively with student and staff members of the Digital Maker Collective.