Barbara Ellison

1 || Phantasma Mundana || 14’42’’

2 || Phantasma Humana || 5’37’’

3 || Phantasma Materialis || 14’30’’

4 || Phantasma Instrumentalis || 39’09’’


Underwater Phantoms#11 11’10’’
This video and sound piece belongs to the realm ‘Phantasma Mundana’ and explores the phantom-producing polyphony of underwater natural and constructed environments. It is created from multi-layered original source material of hydrophone and video recordings in various underwater environments.

Sonic Phantoms Barbara Ellison

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Barbara Ellison

Is an Irish sound and visual artist whose recent work explores perceptual ambiguity and our propensity and desire to find meaningful patterns in our environment, even when none exist. Her performances often play with ritualistic forms giving rise to sonic structures emerging through a hypnotic repetitious exploration of simple sound-producing actions. Her projects manifest in diverse and often unexpected media and platforms involving long intense working periods of practical and theoretical research. Her work has been performed and exhibited worldwide, and her artistic research has brought her in recent years to Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic (2010), Amazon, Brazil (2011), Svaneti, Georgia (2012), Danum Valley rainforest in Borneo (2012), Cardamom rainforest, Cambodia (2013), Mmabolela, South Africa (2013), Iceland and Australia (2013), Japan (2014), Chile and Bolivia (2014). She has a PhD from the University of Huddersfield, UK (‘Sonic Phantoms’) and is currently teaching at the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, The Netherlands.

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