MAAS Research Fellowship
Commencing July 2021
Project Title: Freeze Frame
Dr Nigel Helyer’s research project will look at the physical and technical aspects of the Powerhouse collection relating to early and contemporary cinema, with a focus on combining the social and cultural contexts of the collection. Helyer is currently engaged in developing a related long-form fiction text entitled Freeze Frame, which is centred upon cinema of the early 20th century and its relationship to the afterlife. The completed (and published) text is intended to act as the impetus for creating a significant creative research outcome. The Powerhouse collection will inform not only the writing, but also assist in the development of a new installation outcome.
Helyer has held recent fellowships at the School of Sound, London, in 2019, was artist in residence for the Soniferous Cities project, Örö Island, Finland, in 2019, and was awarded the Australia Council Award for Emerging and Experimental Arts in 2018.