Artist, musician and poet Heather Phillipson describes her works as ‘quantum thought experiments’. Restlessly experimental, she uses a plethora of different media to create vast walk-in collages, multi-screen video installations, and online and audio works that propose watching and listening as ways of becoming alien. Explaining her frequent reuse of found material, she says: ‘existing images, music, words and objects come with their own histories and references. I’m picking them up in tweezers – purging, debugging, rerouting and, maybe, reprogramming them.’ She adds, ‘Of course, all this stuff is also a foil to speak of other things: the relationships between parts, how the parts are held together, the potential for collapse.’
Heather Phillipson (born 1978, London) lives and works in London. Phillipson studied at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff; Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of Arts London; and Middlesex University, London.
Music is the starting point of almost everything for me. I approach my work, across all media, primarily in musical terms – rhythm, cadence, tonality, counterpoint, harmony and plenty of dissonance.
– Heather Phillipson