Loss (test one of Sonic line in the Pacific Ocean for England Expects) by Allan Giddy, March 2014
Allan Giddy will be producing an installation called ‘England Expects …’ that continues his practice of creating ‘active’ public installation which responds directly to its environment. This will be sited along the promenade of the River Medway.

He writes: ‘The sea, England’s moat, is warming. A giant heat sink saving us from the ‘armada’ of global warming – or a foreboding signal?

This work sonically couples sea and air, combining immediacy (their real time input) with short-term prediction (the current shipping forecast), whilst the past surfaces through the third compositional component, a pre-recorded musical contemplation of the system’s earlier outputs.

Subtexts include: militaristic (horn speakers, fishing/hunting); predictive/expectant (surfcasting, weather forecasting).

The musical composition is intended to bind the two less predictable sonic inputs, while the fishing lines will anchor the ‘tone’ of the work in real time. The sonic output will vary over time as the lines respond to tide height and wind strength, whilst a hint of things to come will be ever present in the shipping forecast. The system will be powered by the sun.

He will be working with the musician/composer Alison Blunt to realise this work.


About Allan Giddy

Allan’s pioneering use of alternative energy systems and light in ‘time-based sculpture’ began in 1992. Over time his practice has expanded into the public domain, specifically public sited ‘active sculpture’. Aimed at the reinvigoration of public spaces.

He is one of Australia’s foremost proponents of sustainable energy systems, electronic interconnectivity and interactivity embedded in the physical art object.

His work has been shown at the Tate Modern, in ISEA and TISEA (International Symposia on Electronic Art), and numerous other venues internationally, from Canada and Finland to Greece, Vietnam and Bulgaria. In recent years he has completed a number of large public commissions, in Australia, China, Ireland, and Germany.

In addition Allan also directed and co-curated energy-in-art exhibitions at UNSW’s Solar Research Centre (SOLARCH), Little Bay, Sydney in 1999 and 2002, and Australia’s first solar art exhibition “Desert Equinox” in 2012.

Allan Currently directs the Environmental Research Initiative for Art (ERIA) COFA University New South Wales.