"Beneath & Beyond" Stephen Hurrel Talks about his art.




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Published on Apr 20, 2008

"Beneath and Beyond"
Stephen Hurrel talks about his latest Art Installation.

Beneath and Beyond continues my enquiry into our relationship to the natural world whilst
living in a technologically advanced, as well as ecologically critical, period of time.
In exploring how computer software - developed for the Internet - can bring experiences of
real world environmental 'events' into the gallery, I have created meeting points between
nature, culture and technology. Further, I can examine the potential of the gallery as an
interface to discuss social, cultural and ecological issues.
My perception of both nature and technology has been shaped by the picturesque landscape
of my childhood in the west coast of Scotland -- where the deep lochs became ideal sites
to house nuclear submarines. These symbols of efficient, total destruction were in direct
contrast to the ancient landscape; shaped by the slow forces of the ice age and massive
tectonic shifts.
Against this background grew an interest in the idea of 'the sublime' in nature -- a 'greatness'
that nothing else can be compared to and that is beyond measurement or imitation -- and an
interest in how artists have sought to represent it.
In Beneath and Beyond, and other works that examine the increasing divergence between
the natural world and technological 'progression', I explore how the 'tools' of the twenty-first
century can be used to posit a more symbiotic relationship between nature and technology.
Stephen Hurrel

To view the "Beneath and Beyond"
Art Installation click link below

This artwork brings together science and nature in a unique live-feed
sound installation.
Tectonic shifts and on-going movements beneath the Earth's surface
are the source for generating this sound-work.
A specially developed computer programme has been created to tap
into, and continually monitor, one hundred Seismic Stations around
the world via the Internet.
These collected vibrations, in the form of raw data, are speeded up
to make them audible to the human ear. These new sounds are then
experienced in 'real-time' along with their corresponding visual
representations -- seismic graph lines and waveforms - projected within
the gallery space.


Video Director
C21 Troy

The Artist
Stephen Hurrel

An Internet & Digital Arts Media Presentation


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