Our blood and our tears have the same salinity as the ocean. It is a reminder of the origin of all life on the planet and a warning that we share our well-being with our vast and indifferent mother.
Thirteen thousand years ago our ancestors were witness to a catastrophic event. The ice began to melt; the oceans began to rise and the land to flood, an environmental apocalypse irrigating the myth-memory of human consciousness.
The Deluge Ark(ive) exhibition presents these Oceanic narratives as a series of sound-sculptures which in turn take their inspiration from a Ficto-Critical novel written by the artist to explore the deep relationship we share with our marine origins.
The Deluge Ark(ive) performance event will be based upon Helyer’s on-going collaborative relationship with scientists at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies with musical scores derived from bio-logging data collected by my scientist colleagues at IMAS, from the extraordinary under-ice dives of Southern Elephant Seals in the Antarctic. Heart rate and breathing data, as well as Oceanographic measurements will be used to produce graphical music scores for the Sisongke Choir to interpret and perform. The evening will also showcase a composition for a quartet of 30-note music boxes with a score derived from marine data as well as a short audio-visual documentary of previous jazz interpretations of Antarctic data sets.