Barbara Ellison

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Disciplines: Installatiekunstenaar, Mixed media/interdisciplinair kunstenaar, Performancekunstenaar

Omschrijving werk

Barbara Ellison(IRL/NL) is an artist living and working in Den Haag. She works visually and sonically using a diverse range of materials and processes. At the core of her practice is a fascination for the physiological and perceptual effects of sound on the body and mind with a particular interest in the process of the ritual and ritualisation. Her performances often play with ritualistic forms giving rise to sonic structures emerging through a hypnotic repetitious exploration of a simple sound-producing action. Projects manifest in diverse media & platforms and often involve long working periods of intense practical & theoretical research. As part of her recent research she has recently travelled to Baffin Island in the Arctic to study the phenomenon of inuit throat singing , has travelled and made sound /film recordings in the rainforest environment of Mamori in the Amazon, Brazil, spent a month this year in Svaneti, Georgia studying their ancient polyphony and practices .She also travelled to the Danum Valley rainforest in Borneo with artist Francisco Lopez for 1 month to make an extensive exploration of the natural sound environment there as well as filming. She is currently also collaborating with renowned visual artist Jo Baer on a project researching ancient lay-lines between specific neolithic sites in Ireland.She works with sound, makes installations, drawings , sculpture , performs in her own projects and is one of the six artists of the improvising performance art collective Trickster .She is also also a core member of the female artist collective Female Effects. Her work has been performed and exhibited in Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Iceland, Brazil, Georgia, Italy, Australia, UK and US.

Werk

Phantasma Mundana|Underwater Phantoms
Titel Phantasma Mundana|Underwater Phantoms
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving 2015-2017 ongoing | This particular installation triptych was created for a Solo exhibition. It is a triptych Audio/Visual HD Projection with 6 seat recliners in the gallery space with sound projection underneath each recliner. This large scale video installation forms part of my ongoing ‘Underwater Phantoms’ body of work exploring phantoms in the natural world (Phantasma Mundana). These are a series of pieces within this realm exploring the phantom-producing polphony of magical underwater natural and artificial constructed environments. Each piece is created from multi-layered original source material of hydrophone and video recordings in various erupting and bubbling underwater environments. underwater environments, natural and artificial.
Techniek multi channel video installation
Formaat
Phantasma Materialis|Drawing Phantoms
Titel Phantasma Materialis|Drawing Phantoms
Jaartal
Omschrijving 2011-2017 ongoing | Drawing phantoms (drawing ‘OVP’ ) is an entrancing sonic/physical performance using drawing as a medium to trace and transform shapes on amplified surfaces so to manipulate the perceptual auditory image and to lure out vocal sounding sonic phantoms. In the spirit of the phenomenon popularly known as EVP ( ‘Electronic Voice Phenomenon’ ), I call my own drawing process ‘OVP’ ( ‘Object voice Phenomenon’ ). I like to play with perceptual ambiguity and exploit its potential for producing some strange and curious emergent features. Despite the relentless repetition of the drawing process, the fascination for me comes from the emergent patterns that appear in the foreground and disappear randomly and spontaneously, shifting and repeating with repeated listening.
Techniek Paper, Pencils, Crayons, Piezo Mics,Tabl
Formaat
Phantasma Humana|Vocal Phantoms|Avatar
Titel Phantasma Humana|Vocal Phantoms|Avatar
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving 2014-2017 ongoing | This piece plays with the creation of interoperable digital avatars, which are now growing in use online, being deployed in virtual worlds, online games, social networks, video clips etc. In computing, an avatar (usually translated from Sanskrit as incarnation) is a graphical representation of a user or the user's alter ego or character. In a space we see two imagined, created and projected Avatars, Java and Kyoko, entirely fictional characters which I ‘created’ from a collage of different eyes, ears, head etc. from sections of photos and paintings of face parts from a variety of sources. These image fragments were scanned and blended together to become new digital faces with their own inherent character. They were then crudely and simply animated to move and ‘speak’ using a text-to-speech utility and despite their obvious artificial nature, they are somehow brought to life. Once images frozen in time, they are now moving phantom portraits of a digital presence. Their artificial nature is obvious but my interest is in the attempt to ‘incarnate’ to bring them to life and to explore their unique ability to ‘speak’ sample-accurate copies of speech / sound patterns, allowing an exact repeatability of any text or audio fragment. The sonic part of the ‘Vocal Phantoms’ pieces are composed using a computers ‘text-to-speech’ TTS utility
Techniek Audio/Visual Installation & performance
Formaat
Automatic Drawing Rituals
Titel Automatic Drawing Rituals
Jaartal
Omschrijving 2014-2017 ongoing | Automatic drawing rituals | This is an ongoing series of works. As a premeditated and deliberate action, I have spent hours upon hours drawing circles on all kinds of surfaces, during which time I often have the illusory feeling that an external force is driving the pencil. This uncanny phantasmatic sensation can be explained by what is known as the ‘ideomotor effect’13, a movement caused by the idea of its realisation, but it nonetheless is felt as being very surreal and even supernatural. The main objective is in any case to engage fully and completely in the process of circle drawing, without an end result in mind, and ‘to inhabit’ the movement as the pen moves freely over the drawing surface.
Techniek Ball-point pen drawings on paper
Formaat A0 & bigger
Phantom Portraits
Titel Phantom Portraits
Jaartal
Omschrijving 2014-2017 ongoing | Our brains do not give a truly objective and accurate representation of the world but a human one – full of pattern recognition – sometimes real, sometimes forced. Humans naturally and regularly experience Pareidolia (the psychological phenomenon of perceiving patterns in randomness) and in way so can computers. These Phantom Portraits are created from a process using software to generate generations of random polygon structures and then employing face detection algorithms to scan the polygons until the computer “sees a face”. These polygon structures are then worked with in subtle ways to heighten the illusion. From up close, they are quite abstract and blurry, but from a distance they can appear to be strangely lifelike. They are called Phantom Portraits (and the series is subtitled “Through a glass darkly” ) because of how ghostly they appear and due to the way they are produced. I am exploring this domain in many ways and am working on a a series of prints ( large scale and multiples of smaller scale works) which can also be presented as slowly transitioning dynamic images.
Techniek Prints Series & Installation
Formaat
Phantasma Mundana|Natural Phantoms
Titel Phantasma Mundana|Natural Phantoms
Jaartal
Omschrijving 2014-2017 ongoing |The ‘Natural Phantoms’ pieces have been created using original field recordings as the source material: ‘Natural Phantoms’ series of audio/visual pieces is composed with recordings from environment recordings (Baffin Island, South Africa, Cambodia, Chile, Australia, Amazon,Brazil , Borneo, Bolivia,Utah US, Nepal).
Techniek Sound/Video Recordings
Formaat
Sonic Tapestries
Titel Sonic Tapestries
Jaartal
Omschrijving 2016- in progress |The sonic tapestries will be large-scale woven pieces spun from spectral patterns (spectrograms) of various extracts of sound recordings of traditional and machine ‘work songs’ (the modern ‘song’ of the computerised loom).The large scale woven pieces are planned to be 160 -200 cm wide and between 160 and 200cm in length. They should be visually very striking, abstract, vibrant and saturated with colour. Beautiful visual tapestries, spun from the song of the weaver/worker. The selected sound fragments from the recordings are analysed by special software for their spectral information and then these visual spectrograms which are a representation of the varying spectrum of frequencies in a sound are the images which are precisely colour mapped and matched, each colour pixel to each thread, made possible by the use of the very high tech computerised Jacquard loom. The work songs selected for this body of work are recordings of the loom at work ‘singing’ its own mechanical worksong. I think of them as audio time capsules, with repetitive tasks woven in pieces.
Techniek tapestries from spectrogram
Formaat
Trickster Opera Project
Titel Trickster Opera Project
Jaartal 2017
Omschrijving 2009-2017 ongoing | Trickster is a performance art collective. We are currently developing an adlib 'Opera' project .
Techniek Objects on site, video Projections, Ligh
Formaat
In-Between Moments
Titel In-Between Moments
Jaartal 2010
Omschrijving PMMA Acrylic Blocks (240 blocks /each block 200x200 cm), Wire rope suspension, Edge lighting, Stainless Steel Brackets, fabricated Swing frame. Public Sculpture commission for the Raadzaal of the Capelle Aan Den Ijjsel Gemeente. 240 PMMA acrylic blocks with embedded objects. This is a Time Capsule Wall comprising of 240 PMMA blocks with embedments.Each Block 200x200 cm contains an object donated by members of the Capelle community to represent something in their life at this moment in time.
Techniek 240 PMMA blocks with LED lights
Formaat
Atoms in Space - Now Adrift
Titel Atoms in Space - Now Adrift
Jaartal 2005
Omschrijving Through this exploration, I am reminded of the presence of particular forces, which are perpetually, though imperceptibly, at play. Working methods used aim to make sense of the world through an enquiry into the forces that dictate its physical presence. Light rays , capturing the presence of the humble and mundane fragments of dust particles whose indetermined paths act as an air-bound reflection of some kind of microscopic universe.......
Techniek Blackboard with Drawings, 2 films Projec
Formaat

Omschrijving werk

Barbara Ellison(IRL/NL) is an artist living and working in Den Haag. She works visually and sonically using a diverse range of materials and processes. At the core of her practice is a fascination for the physiological and perceptual effects of sound on the body and mind with a particular interest in the process of the ritual and ritualisation. Her performances often play with ritualistic forms giving rise to sonic structures emerging through a hypnotic repetitious exploration of a simple sound-producing action. Projects manifest in diverse media & platforms and often involve long working periods of intense practical & theoretical research. As part of her recent research she has recently travelled to Baffin Island in the Arctic to study the phenomenon of inuit throat singing , has travelled and made sound /film recordings in the rainforest environment of Mamori in the Amazon, Brazil, spent a month this year in Svaneti, Georgia studying their ancient polyphony and practices .She also travelled to the Danum Valley rainforest in Borneo with artist Francisco Lopez for 1 month to make an extensive exploration of the natural sound environment there as well as filming. She is currently also collaborating with renowned visual artist Jo Baer on a project researching ancient lay-lines between specific neolithic sites in Ireland.She works with sound, makes installations, drawings , sculpture , performs in her own projects and is one of the six artists of the improvising performance art collective Trickster .She is also also a core member of the female artist collective Female Effects. Her work has been performed and exhibited in Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Iceland, Brazil, Georgia, Italy, Australia, UK and US.

Persoonsgegevens

Voorletters B L
Kunstenaarsnaam/alias Barbara Ellison
Samenwerkingsverband
Website www.barbaraellison.com

Opleidingsgegevens

Erkende vakopleiding

Academie / instituut & plaats studierichting / specialisatie periode van / tot diploma
Den Haag, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Sonology 2000 - 2003 J

Andere opleiding

Instituut / docent & plaats (studie)richting periode van / tot
National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ierland Degree|Fine Art, Sculpture 1990-1994
Trinity College Dublin, Ierland Masters|Music and Media Technologies 1998-2000
Institute of Sonology, Koninklijk Conservatorium Masters|Sonology Masters 2002-2003
CeReNem, University of Huddersfield, UK PhD|Creative Media & Research in Sonic Art 2009-2014

Cursussen, workshops

Naam instituut & plaats onderwerp periode van / tot
ARTHOUSE, Dublin Creative Multimedia Design Course (1 year) 1996-1997
CCMIX (Center for the Composition of Music Iannis Xenakis Sound Art + Experimental film 2007 ( Feb -June)
Mamori Sound Project, Amazon, Brazil Artist Residency - Field recording in the rainforest 2011

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging Stroom, IMRO
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief TRICKSTER (trickster.hotglue.me/), FMFX (Female Effects)

Curriculum vitae

Tentoonstellingen

jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2017 UBIK- Worm, Rotterdam ‘OPERA’ a work in progress - Trickster collective art performance,residency & performance GROEP
2016 Korzo, Den Haag, Dag in de Branding De Nacht van de Tweede Haagse School - Audio|Visual installation SOLO
2016 l’Audible Festival,Théâtre L'Échangeur, Bagnolet, Paris Instants Chavirés & l’Audible Festival, Paris, 'Drawing OVP'- Audio|Visual installation & Performance SOLO
2016 Centro Peurtas De Castilla, Murcia, Spain Major Solo Exhibition ' Underwater Phantoms' audio|visual triptych installation ( Sept - Dec 2016) SOLO
2015 Volumens 15, Festival Internacional de Exploración Audio & Visual 'Volumens' Valencia Spain Drawing OVP - Live performance & installation SOLO
2015 OT301, Amsterdam Audio|Visual Installation from 'Underwater Phantoms' Series SOLO
2014 Modern Body Festival - ANNA, Den Haag AVATAR - Animation & Sound Installation SOLO
2014 STÖRUNG 9, Barcelona The Other Voice - Mixed media performance, Lost Spectres & Ethereal Voices SOLO
2013 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam In the Land of the Giants Exhibition - Jo Baer collaboration DUO
2013 Venice Biennale, Venice Italy 'Finding Country' Commissioned by Australian architect Kevin O'Brien to create sound installation for his controversial exhibition.

Vertegenwoordiging

naam plaats & land
RAAK - Rotterdam Rotterdam

Projecten

jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2017 UBIK,Rotterdam Trickster 'Opera' Residency & Performance Art residency and Performance with collective
2017 Marcipanis, Amsterdam 24H Oost festival Salon Aria - Vocal Phantoms Art performance with Nathalie Smoor
2016 Korzo Theatre/Todays Art / iii collective/Francisco Lopez & Barbara Ellison audio-DH sonic manifestations by 200 creators Den Haag Curator, contributor and co-ordinator of audio-DH ,electronic physical release sonic manifestations by 200 creators Den Haag, in collaboration with Francisco López & produced by iii, Den Haag http://audiodh.nl/
2016 Concertzender, NL Electronic Frequencies, Fields and Phantoms, radio feature curated by Anne Wellmer
2016 Mengi Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland Opera, A radio serial (residency & performance) Art residency and live performance with Trickster art collective

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2013 Deserts,Southern forests, Rainforests, Australia. Road trip|Melbourne to Perth
2013 Cardamom Rainforest, Cambodia |02.13|
2011 Iceland Field recordings at Glacier & Myvatn ( werk period)
2010 Anthropocosmic training Dynamics, Nunez, UK ( residency & training)
2010 Baffin Island, werk Period ( Hecate project Arctic)

Opdrachten

jaartal opdrachtgever plaats / land typering opdracht uitgevoerd
2017 Monotak, Electronic Extravaganza 2 Amsterdam/NL Film/Sound - New Work - in progress N
2016 Nina Boas ' Paper Body' Amsterdam/NL 'Untitled soundscapes- Paper Body' , commissioned to collaborate with Nina Boas on her show ‘Paper Body’, DAS Theatre, Amsterdam, NL J
2016 'Super-Sensor' - curated by Francisco López Den Haag,NL Commission to produce an artwork for the physical/online art release/ magazine (upcoming) J
2016 Metamkine - Jérome Noetinger Paris/France l’Audible Festival, Paris - Audio/Visual Performance J
2014 Modern Body Festival Den Haag/NL Creation of audio/visual 'Avatar' installation
2013 Venice Biennale- Architecture- Kevin O'Brien - Finding Country Australia/Italy Commission to create a sound installation for 'Finding Country' exhibition J
2013 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Amsterdam/NL 'Afterthoughts' - Catalogue text and images - In the land of the giants J
2012 Reinaldo Laddaga & Yannis Kyriakides Amsterdam Things That A Mutant Needs To Know: More Short And Amazing Stories - CD /Book publication J
2011 Rhona Byrne Artist Den Haag Hear and Now,sound piece and text ,as part of Friday Balcony project by artist Rhona Byrne,limited edition audio-book & wooden sounding box curated and produced by artist Rhona Byrne (Dublin, Ireland) J
2010 Gemeente Capelle Aan Den ijssel, Nederland Public Kunstwerk " In Between Moments" J

Aankopen / werken in collecties

jaartal naam collectie plaats / land omschrijving aankoop
2016 SONM archive Murcia/Spain My work is now part of the 'The Sound Archive of Experimental Music and Sound Art'
2016 audio-DH - sonic manifestations by 200 creators Den Haag Den Haag/NL Electronic & physical release sonic manifestations by 200 creators Den Haag, in collaboration with Francisco López & produced by iii, Den Haag http://audiodh.nl/ produced by iii, Den Haag
2014 University of Huddersfiled library UK Sonic Phantoms,PhD publication
2013 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam - In the land of the Giants Amsterdam Curated by Ann Goldstein & Claire Van Eels
2010 Capelle Aan den Ijssel Gemeente Nederland sculpture & time capsule 'In-between Moments'

Publicaties

jaartal titel publicatie uitgever / samensteller, plaats typering
2017 Super-sensor curated by Francisco López & published by SONM, Spain electronic physical/online art magazine (upcoming),
2016 Post Scriptum Institute of Sonology 3CD release from the Institute of Sonology, featuring music by Sonology faculty members past and present
2016 audio-DH - sonic manifestations by 200 creators Den Haag iii/Francisco López/Den Haag electronic/physical release sonic manifestations by 200 creators Den Haag, in collaboration with Francisco López & produced by iii, Den Haag http://audiodh.nl/
2015 Sonic Phantoms Sonic Phantoms, a double CD Limited edition of Sonic Phantom project, 227 copies Double CD Limited edition
2013 Things That A Mutant Needs To Know: More Short And Amazing Stories - CD /Book publication Unsounds - Amsterdam CD/BOOK
2013 Jo Baer - In the Land of the Giants - ' Afterthoughts' Claire Van Eels /Jo Baer/Ann Goldstein Stedelijk Museum Publication/book/Catalogue
2013 De Grote Haagse KunstKalender De Grote Haagse Kunst Kalender Kunst Kalender
2012 In Search of the Miraculous CeReNem Label UK , Huddersfield CD

Prijzen en stipendia

jaartal instantie, plaats omschrijving
2016 Stroom, Den Haag Spot funding
2015 University of Huddersfield, UK Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence for a PhD thesis,Huddersfield University
2011 Stroom, Den Haag Subsidie PRO Onderzoek
2010 Princ Bernhard Cultuur Fonds CultuurFonds Beurzen
2010 Arts Council Ireland, Dublin Travel award
2007 Arts council Ireland Artist Bursary award

Artistieke nevenactiviteiten

nevenactiviteit van tot
Co-ordinator/curator/contributor of 'audio-DH -sonic manifestations by 200 creators Den Haag', in collaboration with Francisco López & produced by iii 2015 2016
Sound Art Workshop Supervision /Development -Sonology /Insternational School amsterdam/The British School in the Netherlands 2012
Project producer & Co-ordinator,Sonic Mmabolela Residency/Workshop,, Limpopo Valley, Mmabolela, South Africa 2012 2017
Teacher & Faculty member of The Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague - Course creator & co-ordinator of LOCO-LAB (learning, Organising, Creativity, Outreach) educational programme. 2012 2017
Conference presentation of Research-International Festivals 2012 2017
Workshop presentations KABK ArtScience 2011 2011
Art of Noise Workshops ( British School in the netherlands) 2011
Workshop KABK ArtScience 2011
lectures at University of Huddersfield 2009 2012
Creative workshop producer & Sound technician & at the British School in the Netherlands 2003 2016