Heather Nicol

1 Sep - 30 Nov 2017

Heather Nicol (Canada)

Heather Nicol is a Toronto based artist whose practice includes sculpture, installation andindependent curating. Cross-pollination of these threads is situated in her interest in the interfacebetween public and private experience. The relationship of site to the reception of works of art iscentral to many of her location-dependent interventions. These include large projects inunderutilized urban settings, such as the decommissioned Shaw Street School (Toronto), historicsites, such as Ontario Place (Toronto), or Chateau de Courances (Milly, France), as well publicatriums, such a Toronto’s rail terminus Union Station or New York City’s Winter Garden. She completed her honours BFA at The School of Visual Art, her MA in arts education at NYU,(both in New York), and her MFA from OCAD University (Toronto).

Listen Up!

Nicol’s time in Berlin will focus on the exigencies of listening as an integral aspect ofcommunication. Active listening bridges self and other, and makes fluid the divisions betweenthe singular and the plural, the inside and the outside. Attentive listening can be an act ofgauging our surroundings, and in so doing becoming attuned to our own social responses.

She will experiment with the materialization of close-listening encounters through two threads ofinquiry. One is a multichannel sound environment featuring suspended overhead speakers and alistening zone on the floor. The other is an interdisciplinary collaboration with NighswimmingTheatre /Canadian actor and theatre devisor Martin Julien. Called Why We Are Here!, it is a site-specific choral performance, wherein the creators and participants join together in the actions oflistening and making sound. Both threads investigate the nexus of individuated and collectivevoice/identity, as well as the occupation of shared space.