Ecolocated: Littoral Lives is a project by three artists, Tapio Mäkelä (FI), Nigel Helyer (AU) & Andreas Siagian (ID), in collaboration with the AudioNomad software team, Daniel Woo (AU), and Michael Lake (AU).
Ecolocated combines marine ecology data with location, sound, stills and video in an installation at the Catalyst Arts gallery.
Ecolocated is an exploration of littoral zones near Belfast, areas where human impact on the marine ecology is strongest and where local communities have a long association with the sea. The term littoral describes the juncture between land and sea, where the experience of the sea as an every day environment for marine life, work and leisure meets with historical and romantic sensibilities.
Ecolocated recordings include marine environmental and meteorological data; interviews with scientists and local communities and sonifications. An important aspect of the project is shaped through a local workshop programme exploring marine ecology and maritime history.
The first phase of the exhibition (opening at Catalyst on the 6th August) is a cumulative work charting the journey to Belfast across the North Sea in the projects’ floating studio base. The Ecolocated artists will publish the journey as a map based interface and a blog, presented simultaneously with the CDPDU.
The content of the exhibition’s first phase will grow during the residency whilst the EcoLocated crew work in the Belfast maritime environment to develop a large immersive surround sound installation in collaboration with the AudioNomad team which will be open at Catalyst between the 26th-31st August.
Nigel Helyer (DrSonique) is a sculptor and sound-artist. He is director of “Sonic Objects; Sonic Architecture” and artistic director of the AudioNomad Research Group developing location sensitive environmental audio at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the UNSW.
Andreas Siagian is a media artist from The House of Natural Fiber (HONF) – Yogyakarta, a new media art laboratory in Indonesia focusing on environmental engineering, and how to bridge arts and science with community needs.
Dr. Daniel Woo is responsible for HCI teaching, research and development in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW. He is the scientific director of the AudioNomad software. Michael Lake is lead developer of the AudioNomad software suite.