Visual/Sound Artist

Flax Art Studios

44-46 Corporation St, Belfast

Northern Ireland, BT1 3DE


Live Audiovisual Work Composed by Mark Making + Human Effort

All sound originates live from the blackboard and within the fluorescent tube light

Performed at Sonorities Festival, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast 2015

Performance Duration: 25 minutes


Self generating performance programme

Suspended MDF blackboard (6 ft x 4 ft)

1 fluorescent tube light


1 lapel microphone (placed inside tube light)

2 contact microphones (placed on back, either side of blackboard)

1 Performer

(Black clothes, footwear - white boots. The clothing is to have a pocket at the front to hold the chalk)


Performed by myself, Helena Hamilton


“Enter the stage of a blacked out room. Walk behind the blackboard to the switch that turns on the tube light. Turn the tube light on and wait for the sound to quietly surround the room. Walk to the front of the blackboard and commence a 25 - 30 minute interaction using the chalk in your pocket and the physical self. Let the sounds dictate the mark making and effort of pushing against the blackboard. Throughout the performance concentrate on the blackboard, never turn around to face the audience. Coming to the end of the interaction, stand in the middle, directly in front of the tube light and push the blackboard as hard as you can behind the light. Hold until the sounds create feedback. When feedback is created pull the board back as far as you can and hold until you hear the granular synthesis created via the tube light slowly take over. The performer is to decide how long to hold this for. Slowly bring the black board back to its original starting position. Walk behind the blackboard to the switch controlling the light and turn it off. The granular synthesis produced from within the light will still continue to play. The performance will come to an end when the performer turns the volume down on the programme - eliminating all sounds, this is to be done when the performer sees fit.”

Note: please listen to all audio via headphones or monitor speakers