From BBC TV’s Tomorrow’s World and the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture, to research into the aerodynamics of boomerangs, the Dutch artist and physicist Felix Hess talks about his extraordinary career and in particular his work as an artist from the 1980s onwards, building small electronic machines that communicate by sound, movement and the air.
Felix Hess is a Dutch physicist-turned-artist, known for his semi-autonomous sound devices and small audio machines. He has been active in this field for almost 20 years and has exhibited his work all over the world. His scientific research includes groundbreaking studies of aerodynamics and the movement of boomerangs (1975) and the communication of bullfrogs (1979). This lead to his installation work, making autonomous sound sculptures which are connected to nature. In 2003 he won the Witteveen + Bos Art + Technology Prize for his work. The jury described Hess as an artist who "reopens our senses and our distillate stand in wonder."
Curated and produced by AV Festival 10.
Sat 6 March 2010, 10.30am
10 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle NE1 6QG