Water is fundamental to more than just our physical existence. It has been a fountain of inspiration for writers, artists and scientists throughout history, capturing the imagination and our curiosity. So it is with great pleasure that we offer a space during SEFS13 to experience a selection of new artworks that have emerged from the freshwater microcosm.
Flow.State brings together sound and visual artists working at the intersection of art and science. Freshwater is a common theme running through each of their works and although their emphases are different, each uses modern technologies - microscopes, hydrophones, and digital imagery - to draw attention to aspects of the natural world that are too often overlooked.
Much-loved landscape painters such as Turner and Constable, along with composers such as Handel, Debussy and Ravel, would never have experienced these modern perspectives. But the psychological state of total immersion in a subject, familiar to artists and scientists alike, is something they no doubt shared : the flow state.
"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it; and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful.” - Henri Poincaré
David de la Haye is an award-winning sound recordist, composer, and music technician. His passion for underwater recording positions him at the intersection between acoustic ecology, digital composition, and immersive audio production. Industry achievements include winning a Sound Of The Year Award (2020) and nominations for an Ivor Novello Composer Award and Times Higher Education “Outstanding Technician of the Year”. David’s eclectic collaborative portfolio includes international tours, artist residencies, educational workshops, and public installation. He is a PhD researcher at Newcastle University and lives in Durham where he supports the Culture County initiative.
Martyn Kelly is an ecologist and Fellow of the Freshwater Biological Association who also has a degree in Fine Art. His scientific interest in the microscopic worlds inhabited by freshwater algae has inspired explorations of the nature of perception and the boundaries between realism and abstraction. His work has been shown in exhibitions in Italy and Belgium and he writes a regular blog, Of Microscopes and Monsters