- Graham Nicholls
Graham Nicholls (born
July 30 1975) is a British installation artist, activist, and speaker. He is known for his concept of immersive art, which seeks to produce a total sensory experience for the public. He was one of the first artists to explore the possibility of using the Internetfor live video streaming and more recently he was at the forefront of artistic experiments with virtual reality. He is also known for drawing upon psychology, Neuro-linguistic programming, as well as spiritualand metaphysicalideas in his interactive works. This can be seen to add a new level to how installation artis experienced. Since the early 90’s he has undertaken personal experimentation into sensory deprivation, hypnosis, and psiabilities, which has formed the basis of much of his present work. Nicholls has also created work that actually hypnotises the participants into having a physical encounter with the installation. This created deeply personal and intimate events for the participants; something quite rare in the world of conventional installation art.
He had his first solo show in New York City in 1999 and in 2004 collaborated on an interactive virtual reality installation at London's Science Museum. His video art draws upon filmic
photographicprocesses and an architecturalawareness of space. It also draws extensively on his life and experiences of Londonand the relationships he sees in the city’s people and places.
His interest in
altered states of consciousness, trance and human potential lead him to set up an organisation called the Shahmai Networkin 2004 to explore these areas. He is also currently finalising a book which explores his personal spirituality and the hundreds of Out of Body Experiences he purports to have experienced since childhood.
He is also a
veganand a supporter of animal rights.
* [http://www.grahamnicholls.com The artist's main website]
* [http://www.thelivingimage.org The Living Image VR project website]
* [http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/exh_gfx_en/ART21889.html Review of the Living Image Project]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3721889.stm BBC Review of the Living Image Project]
* [http://www.grahamnicholls.com/xfuns.pdf Xfuns Magazine, Issue 30 2007] - Interview in English and Chinese
* [http://www.myartspace.com/blog/2008/05/art-space-talk-graham-nicholls.html Myartspace.com Interview, 2008]
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