cloud sound

Daylight, lenses, weather sensors, software, sound and mixed media.
Exhibited in the group show Cloudy Sensoria.
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne.
October – December, 2012

This installation employs a camera obscura to project an image of the sky immediately outside the gallery into the darkened interior. Data from an array of various sensors located outside the space are routed into a piece of custom software, which manipulates dozens of small samples of sound to create an “aural cloud” that responds to the atmospheric conditions beyond the gallery space.

Cloud Sound takes known everyday phenomena — weather, optics — and transforms them into a space of delicate and lively experience.  The installation breaks our habitual attention, literally turning the world upside–down. By doing so, it draws attention to the complex relations that constitute experience, the various climatic and affective atmospheres involved.

fox glacier valley

Vertically tracking video projection
7 minutes 44s

Constructed from video footage recorded while walking in Fox Glacier valley, this video slowly tracks up the space in which it is shown. It forms a vertical section of the landscape, from the Fox River, up the valley and finally on to Fox Glacier itself. The work attempts to create a spatial document of this environment without resorting to cartographic encoding, seeking a balance between abstraction and the experiential act of walking through the landscape.

light masonry construction

Two modified slide projectors, coloured filters.
exhibited at line-space-material, a solo exhibition at Evolution House, Edinburgh, Scotland.
August 2009.

Two projectors are placed in opposite corners of the space, with spatially specific inserts to compensate for “keystone” distortion, creating two co–incident orthogonal images. Projective drawing methods, used to generate the complex forms in masonry vaulting, inspired this geometric compensation. Here light, usually considered both ubiquitous and ephemeral, is considered as a material in its own right, through a process of shaping and layering.

ward hill

Vertically tracking video projection with sound.
9 minutes.

shown at Sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. January 2009
shown at As We Speak, Glasgow, Scotland. March 2009
featured on Registered in Art, an artists’ video youtube channel. April/May 2010
shown as part of the curated exhibition Bloom at Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester, England. May – July 2010.

Made with footage of the ground taken while climbing Ward Hill in the Orkney Islands, this video slowly tracks up the wall of the space in which it is shown. It forms a vertical section of the landscape, capturing the diversity of flora in response to altitude and the sensitivity of plant life to these conditions.

The accompanying sound is a recording of my heartbeat matched to my pulse rate while climbing, which reinforces the physicality of the work.

slideshow sideshow

Moving image and DJ performance.
Direct colour slides, projectors and mixed media.
3 hours 30 minutes.
performed at Truck Festival, Oxfordshire, England.
July 2008

I was invited to organize this event which ran in the early morning of this two-day festival. Hand coloured and vintage slides accompanied a DJ set of ambient and experimental music, including some of my sound works.

auroral anomaly

Hand-made colour slides, mixed media and audio performance.
6 minutes.
projection approximately 5 x 3m
performed for the Ascension Cinema Festival, St Kevin’s Arcade, Auckland, New Zealand.
December 2006

The culmination of a series of three projector works, combining direct colour slide techniques and an audio piece with performance. Auroral Anomaly recreates the magical atmospheric field of an aurora. The audio evokes an environment that is warm and enchanting yet also detailed, blustery and crystalline.

space modulator

Slide projectors, hand-made colour slides, electronics and mixed media.
1.8 x 2.6 x 1.4m approx.
shown at rm103 gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
September 2006

Suggestive of a mass of particles, explosions, orbits and gravitational arcs, this work was a development from earlier three projector works, using direct colour slides as the source for its atmospheric effects. The title makes a light-hearted reference to Laszlo Moholy-Nagy’s Light-Space Modulator while creating a work more playful and whimsical than its antecedent.

test pattern

(three colour cycle)

Slide projectors, timers, electronics and mixed media.
2.5 x 3.2 x 1.9m approx.
shown at High Street Project gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.
May 2006

This piece occupies a space between the still and moving image. Projections are reflected off rotating mirrored surfaces and diffused across a wall surface, transforming each image into a slowly orbiting field of its constituent parts.

This project references the organization of “bottom-up” systems; the original still image becomes the seed for the generation of a pattern-field. Timers create phase relationships and a visual feedback loop locates the original images as details in the larger context of the piece.

10n

Constructed computer gaming environment with dolby 5.1 sound.
digital documentation 2 minutes
performance duration 11 minutes
performed using two computers, video and audio mixers as part of the Version experimental media festival, Auckland, New Zealand.
December 2004.
Performance assisted by Ben Stevens.

Points of reference include string theory, the music of the spheres and the Eames’ film, Powers of Ten for this digital environmental work. Originally completed using a modified computer gaming engine to create an environment that treated sound in the manner of architectural detail, this project was re-worked as a performance piece allowing for a real-time filmic experience of the project.