Dr Nigel Helyer (a.k.a. DrSonique) | Breathless |

Take a Deep Breath ~ Breathless”







Location:Portugal Cultural Center -  4, Panchsheel Marg, Chanakya Puri,  New Delhi, DL 110021, IndiaCultural Centre entry via lane behind Portuguese Embassy. tel: 011 4602 5135

Opening: Sunday 4th November 16h00 ~ 18h00

Exhibition timings:  Monday 5th ~ Sunday 11th November 11h00 ~ 18h00.

My practice is increasingly focussed upon bringing together the physical and ecological environment together with our social and cultural contexts. Using the media of multichannel sound installation; data-sonification and sonic cartography these hybrid works are designed to create new forms of sonic space in which it is possible to experience, examine and reflect upon the complexities and consequences of our interactions in an increasingly chaotic world.
The Work:
Take a Deep Breath ~ Breathless, is a new work ‘commissioned’ by the Sound Reasons, Sonic Cities Festival due to take place in Delhi, India under auspices of the SARAI new media foundation. Take a Deep Breath ~ Breathless is a development of my current research into the sonification of environmental data and the installation of the resulting sound works into public or architectural space.
Conceptually the work is similar to VoxAura commissioned by Turku, European Capital of Culture 2011, in that it is structured in two parts, one originating in a social and cultural context, the other ecological and environmental ~ the aim of the work being to integrate and interrogate the relationship between these spheres, and present them in an outdoor urban environment.
Take a Deep Breath ~ Breathless, concerns the atmosphere, the breath and the act of breathing. Breathing as meditation, as respiration, failing breath in respiratory diseases, the breathy sounds of our voices, of song and flute ~ the metaphor of breath as life itself. Hence the audio library which I shall establish in my one month working visit to Delhi will embrace and record a wide range of ambient, vocal, environmental and musical sounds, establishing what I term as an AudioPortrait of the environment.

The scientific data will be sourced directly from the City’s atmospheric monitoring system which provides a constant and (somewhat alarming) stream of digital information on the levels of pollutants in the Delhi atmosphere. I have already accessed this material online and it is suitable for the current sonification engines which I employ.


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