Approved: 21.04.2016

Helena Hamilton

Artist, Digital designer

Approved: 21.04.2016

Helena Hamilton is an artist who works both visually and sonically. She draws on aesthetics of simplicity - and this is expressed in minimalist forms in her work. Influenced by sonic compositional techniques such as phasing and repetition, Hamilton explores the visual through the sonic and vice versa. Exhibited media include installation, drawing, interactive digital, performance and sound.

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Biography

Helena Hamilton is an artist who works both visually and sonically. She draws on aesthetics of simplicity - and this is expressed in minimalist forms in her work. Influenced by sonic compositional techniques such as phasing and repetition, Hamilton explores the visual through the sonic and vice versa. Exhibited media include installation, drawing, interactive digital, performance and sound.

Atmosphere is central to her work, using immaterial materials alongside everyday objects, setting up paradoxes between the intangible and physical, and the visual and affective.  Through subtle manipulations of these materials she aims to challenge perspectives, inspire new imagining and facilitate situational awareness. The underlying process of this work is repetition,  and exploring the expressive and meditative effects that occur with repeated acts. Through repetition she accentuates the themes of the everyday and simplicity, using them to construct atmospheres and immersive environments.

At the core of Hamilton’s practice is the drive towards phenomenological understanding and an experiential challenging of the world around her.  Creating work which is about being in the moment, being present.  Her aim is to uncover the potential and latent energy in a single moment and through doing this challenge how we perceive our realities both sonically and visually in our contemporary fast-paced and ephemeral lifestyle.

CV & Education

Artist Resume

Helena Hamilton

www.helenahamilton.com

 

Lives and Works:  Belfast

 

Education

 

2013 - 2014   Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, MA Sonic Arts

2006 - 2009   University of Ulster, BA Honours Degree Fine Art

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

Semblance and Event_02, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, NI. 6 April - 23 May 2018

Semblance and Event_01, The Agency Gallery, London.  17 Feb - 1 April 2018

Order, Effect, Art Centre Ongoing, Tokyo, Japan.  Dec 2016

The Weight Of My Soul Keeps Ringing In My Ears, Golden Thread Gallery Project Space, NI. Nov 2013 

To Whom It May Concern, PS Squared, Belfast, NI. May 2010

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

Dissolving Histories: New Narratives, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, NI. Dec 2018 - Jan 2019

LUX, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Ireland. Nov - Dec 2018

Between Us And, EMBASSY Gallery, Edinburgh.  June - July 2018

The Landis Museum, Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry, NI. May - July 2018

The Headless City, TULCA Arts Festival, Galway, Ireland.  Nov 2016  

The Making, The Agency Gallery, London, England.  Nov 2015 - Jan 2016

Reassemble for Purpose, Platform Arts Gallery, Belfast, NI. Feb 2015

Temporary Sights, MART, Gallery 2, Ireland. Nov 2014

OUT|TUO Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast, NI. Jan 2013

reKOLLEKT, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. April 2012

Celeste Prize Finalist Show The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, New York. Nov 2010

 

Selected Performances/Showcases

 

RESIST, Performance, collaboration with techno producer Koichi, Black Box, Belfast. July 2018

Optophono, Showcase, Digital Design Weekend, V&A Gallery, London. Sep 2017

Sonorities festival of contemporary music, Performance, Goldsmiths, University of London, England.  April 2015 

Round Buttons Square Tones, Performance, PS Squared, Belfast, NI. June 2014

Sonorities festival of contemporary music, Performance, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast, NI. May 2014

]PS[+++ArtEvict, Durational Live Performance, Performance SPACE, London. Jan 2011

 

Residencies

 

Art Centre Ongoing, Tokyo, Japan.  7th Oct - 7th Dec 2016

Embodied Audio Visual Interaction Group (EAVI), Computational Arts Department, Goldsmiths University of London.   13th July - 20th Sep 2015

Self Arranged Residency, funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, duration of 3 months, Martignano, Italy.  May - July 2011

Flax Art Graduate Residency, duration 1 year, Flax Art Studios, Belfast, NI.  Sep 2009 - Sep 2010

 

Awards/Nominations

 

Sound and Music, Composer-Curator Award, London.  June - Oct 2017

Arts Council of Northern Ireland in partnership with Sonic Arts Research Centre (QUB), Artists

Career Enhancement Scheme. Jan - Nov 2015

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Support for the Individual Artist Award. 2014

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Support for the Individual Artist Award. 2012

Celeste Prize, International Arts Prize, Installation Finalist, Awarded Third Place in Installation and Sculpture Category.  Nov 2010

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Self Arranged Residency Award.  2010

 

Reviews/Publications

 

Charlotte Jansen, Review of ‘Semblance and Event’, 2018

Aesthetica Art Prize: Future Now, 100 Contemporary Artists, p 180 - 181. 2016

Adbusters #110: The Epic Human Journey: Part 4, International, p 46. Nov 2013

Sugar High Mind Over Matter: A Stream of Consciousness, Berlin, Germany, 16th May, 2012

Brutal Silences Pure Labour, A Live Art Development Agency Study Room Guide on Live Art in Ireland, Ann Maria Healy and Helena Walsh, p 41. 2011

Laminate: Arts and Design Culture, Helena Hamilton: To Whom It May Concern, UK Edition, p 69. 2010

Celeste Prize International Catalogue 2010, Helena Hamilton: To Whom It May Concern, p 40. 2010

 

Other Work

 

Goldsmiths, Visiting Lecturer, Computational Arts Department, Masters Students.  July - Sep 2015.