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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. More details here.

art practice

Engaging with sonic visualisations through sited acoustic experimentation has become the primary focus of my art practice since 2008. Interactive installations created since 2010 have involved researching live sonic processes made visual through the use of sound emission analyzers developed by 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 respond to online archive recordings of electro-acoustic phenomena. 'Interplanetary Radio Frequencies' (above) focuses on two eras of radio waves received from different planetary magnetospheres: 1979-80 and 2012-2017. Plasma waves detected within our own magnetosphere between 60-36,000 miles from Earth have been visualised and have been received since 2012. 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 analogous 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. As an active member of the Digital Maker Collective we have instigated projects at TATE EXCHANGE: Tate Modern since 2017. 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 2019

SPINE: Patterns of the Universe, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire.
Coinciding with the National Astronomy Meeting 2019 (NAM) Launch on 30th June.
Installation live: 30th June - 2nd July during NAM. Film on SPINE: July - Oct 2019.
Advisors: Professor Isobel Hook (Astrophysics), Professor Jim Wild (Space Physics),
              Dr Carla Banks (Research Communications), Joe Bourne (Global Engagement)
Space Science collaborator: Dr Sarah Badman, Research Fellow, Lancaster.
Curatorial team: Ewa Ratcliffe (Global Experiences) and Richard Smith (Lancaster Arts)
Sponsored by: Global Experiences, Lancaster University & supported by Lancaster Arts.
More about collaborative commission: 'Remote Sensing Sonification: Jupiter Aurorae'

BETA Society with Digital Maker Collective and community partner contributors.
TATE EXCHANGE: TATE MODERN, Blavatnik Building Level 5, London SE1.
5th - 10th March 2019.
Yonder/Yandar: Concrete Poetry Frequencies with Jheni Arboine, LITC, CRIN.


events and exhibitions 2018

APT + ONE, APT Gallery, 6 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8.
20th September - 14th October 2018.
Private View: Friday 21st Sept 6 - 8 pm, coinciding with Deptford X Launch night.
Curated by Marcus Cope, Rebecca Harper, Jenny Milner-Lunt, Camille Yvert
My APT + ONE artist was Alistair McClymont: http://www.alistairmcclymont.com/

APT OPEN STUDIOS + APT LIVE at APT Studios, Harold Wharf,
6 Creekside, Deptford, London. 28th, 29th, 30th September 2018.

PERMITTIVITY OF FREE SPACE, APT Gallery, 6 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8.
26th July - 5th August 2018. Private View + SLAM Last Fridays: Friday 27th July.
Curatorial concept co-developed by India Gabb, Paul Malone, Nicola Rae, Lucy Wheeler, Zoe Wheeler. See Permittivity of Free Space website.
About my work: 'Lunar Regolith: International Commons'

RÉSUMÉ 2008-2018: Yves Popet, Nicola Rae, Gert Riel at MARZ GALERIE and
CUBE4x4x4, Augartenstrasse 68, Mannheim, Germany: 7th - 28th July 2018. Weblink.

ARTS WORK OF THE FUTURE: The Sound of Plastic should be Louder
Blavatnik Building Level 5, Bankside, London: 6th - 11th March 2018.

TELLURIC CURRENTS: NOF, Provender Building, Camden Market,
Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH. 24th - 29th May 2018.

DRAWN BEYOND, Wimbledon Space, Wimbledon College of Art: University of
the Arts London, Merton Hall Road, London SW19: 26th April - 11th May 2018.

Boiler House Level 4, Bankside, London. SE1 9TG: 26th January 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.