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'Interplanetary Radio Frequencies: received from different planetary magnetospheres 1979-2014' at ‘Partial Presence: Testing Ground', Zabludowicz Collection, London. 2015.
Selected and curated by MFA Curating students from Goldsmiths and London Metropolitan University.

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.

More recent sound frequency installations have responded to recordings of electro-acoustic phenomena: for example in 'Interplanetary Radio Frequencies' (above) three projections visualised sounds received from different planets and were installed tangentially to each other. Magnetospheric Frequencies, 2014 (right) involved the visualisation of plasma waves detected within the magnetosphere during the last two years, between 60-36,000 miles from Earth. 'Jupiter Voyager Frequencies' (far left) showed visualised audio signals transmitted by Voyager 1 during 1979, when traversing Jupiter's radiation belts. These waves were visualized through the sound emission analyzer, Overtone Analyzer, and then partially refracted as a circular projection. All NASA 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 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

TATE EXCHANGE, 5th floor, Switch House, Tate Modern, London,
with the Digital Maker Collective, 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.
Co-organised ELECTR"O"ACTIVE GRID with Anna Frants: a collaboration between CYLAND Media Art Lab (St Petersburg), London Connected Learning Centre and Hill Mead Primary School (Brixton): 22nd Feb, 2017.

PERSONAL STRUCTURES 2017, 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.
See www.personalstructures.org
Hosted by the European Cultural Centre in Venice. See film.

CUBE4x4x4, Augartenstrasse 68, Mannheim, Germany. Sept - Oct 2017.
Curated by Blanka Heinecke of the März Galerie, Mannheim.