- UK & Stavanger, Norway -
ELEFANT in Stavanger have invited award-winning artist, David Henckel to work with the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound and investigate its immense catalogue of recorded music and sound. The collection of recorded music and associated items is one of the largest private collections of its kind in the world. The collection currently contains more than 120,000 LP vinyl records, 50,000 78 rpm records, 10,000 audio reel tapes, 5,000 video and music cassettes, 5,000 books on music, record catalogues and periodicals, as well as extensive equipment for playing and copying of recordings. This depth of archives will be picked through and selected to create a new sound piece and devised performance by the artist, looking at the links across the North Atlantic.
David Henckel is a contemporary audio-visual artist, experienced in leading complex public art projects, which involve multiple partners. He works with emerging & established artists, local communities, commercial organisations and civic institutions to produce immersive installations and experiences.
He has a multi-disciplinary practice often creating work which fuses science, politics of space, the nature of sound, community engagement and the audience as players within the work. The installation Venus in Sole Visa, brought together artists, physicists, musicians, a visiting composer, NASA and a village community during the 2012 Transit of Venus.
In 2012 he was awarded Axis’ MA Stars and appointed as Artist in Residence at The University of Central Lancashire, where he developed ‘The Sun at Night’ – a dynamic public art installation, which allows audiences to experience a year in the life of the Sun utilising images from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory. It was shown in Preston’s covered market in 2013 and seen on the BBC’s Stargazing Live 2014.
He recently exhibited with 0point3recurring (an artistic collective) at the Bluecoat, Liverpool, as part of Portfolio North West and was one of five Lancashire-based artists commissioned by In Certain Places to develop new temporary public artwork, which was presented during the Preston Guild celebrations in September 2012. David is currently exploring collaborative and experimental work as part of the Bicrophonic Research Institute and ‘We Are CodeX’ – an evolving collective whose practice blurs the boundary between audience and art form.