Una Hamilton Helle
My artistic practice concerns itself with where and how we locate and create meaning for ourselves. This enquiry is inspired by periphery belief systems and subcultures where concepts of the real and imaginary are often intermingled. A lingering theme in my practice is that of landscapes and topographies, geographical and fantastical, and how they shape identities whilst simultaneously and consciously being used to further ideological purposes. My practice is a search for different ways to inhabit reality.
2020 Tangled Roots: The Origins of Black Metal, curated screening and panel discussion for London Short Film Festival, Regent Street Cinema
2019 Not really now not any more, film screening, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
2019 Movement/Possession #03 The Forest, A reading performance, SET Dalston Lane, London
2018 Katabasis - a LARP about descents and origin myths, Grenselandet, Oslo
2018 Expand and Contract: Navigating Undergrounds, speaking & larping at a conference organised by Royal Holloway Geography Dept, London
2018 Guest Projects 10 Year Anniversary: An interactive game with Open School East
2018 Katabasis - a LARP about descents and origin myths, [Space] Studios, London
2018 Strong Currents - a sound walk and sculpture trail, with Open School East, Botany Bay, Kent
2018 Katabasis - a LARP about descents and origin myths, The Smoke LARP Festival, London
2017 Becoming the Forest #2 - UK launch, talk by geographer Harriet Hawkins and music by Mork, The Infernal Sea & Ashtoreth, organised with Flora Parrott & Cult Never Dies, Nambucca, London
2017 Becoming the Forest #2 - Belgian launch, gig by Wiegedood, Het Bos, Antwerp
2017 Becoming the Forest #2 - Norwegian launch, w. Sebastian Rusten & Katakomben Records, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
2017 In Conversation between Art and Larp - A panel discussion, organised by Marije Baalman and Nina Runa Essendrop, Knutepunkt, Oslo
2017 The Virtual Restoration Project: A larp about remaking history, written and co-organised with Francis Patrick Brady & Sarah Jury, The Smoke International Larp Festival, London; then Knutepunkt, Oslo
2016 Katabasis - a larp about descents and origin myths, Larporatory, Vilnius, written and co-organised with Susan Ploetz and Francis Patrick Brady
2016 Ascension (more than a feeling), Scarborough Open Air Theatre
2016 Space Party! The Return from Annwn premiere and Infundibulum zine launch, New River Studios, London
2016 The Virtual Restoration Project: A larp about remaking history, written and co-organised with Francis Patrick Brady & Sarah Jury, Open School East, as part of the Antiuniversity Now programme
2014 Hal Silver: Day & Night (a Mafia-themed workshop), The Photographer's Gallery, London
2014 Black Thorns in the Black Box, Grimposium, Concordia University, Montreal
2013 Hal Silver: Day & Night (a Mafia-themed workshop), organised by ccthenr (coalesce, compose then radiate), London
2012 The Wire's Salon 'Looking Black: The Visual Aesthetics of Black Metal', Cafe Oto, London
2012 Black Thorns in the Black Box, a travelling screening programme curated by Amelia Ishmael and Bryan Wendorf, FOKL Center, Kansas City, The Nightingale, Chicago, Spectacle Theatre, New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
2012 PURELIFE, Power Lunches, London
2011 Escalator Retreat 10, Wysing Arts Centre
2011 Hal Silver Speaks (part of ‘Cast and Figment’), Soundfjord, London
2011 Hal Silver Speaks, Aid and Abet, Cambridge
2011 Lucky PDF at The Woodmill, The Woodmill, London
2011 The 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge, Art House Meinblau, Berlin
2010 Surreal Nightmares, Shunt, London
2010 Are you Experienced (?), SPACE, London
2010 The Mourouge Room, Hospital Club Cinema, London
2020 All Flesh is Grass, a collaborative exhibition with Uma Breakdown, Eltons Kuns & curator Erik Martinson, Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia [June - Aug]
2019 Becoming the Forest at Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, Epping Forest, part of Waltham Forest Borough of Culture
2019 PLATZProjekt residency exhibition, 2a Studios, Hannover, during Zinnober weekend
2019 Alan Kane's 4 Bed Detached Home of Metal, as part of Capsule's Home of Metal project, New Art Gallery Walsall [June - Sep]
2019 ALEA - an exhibition about Chance, Randomness and Determinism, Celsius Projects, Malmö, Sweden
2018 Gut Feelings, Open School East, Margate
2018 Heksenkeet, Baracca, Den Haag (solo show)
2018 OSE Residencies #1: Work in progress, Limbo, Margate
2016 The Return from Annwn, film and online project, Legion TV
2015 Becoming the Forest, Le Bon Accueil, Rennes, France - as part of Le festival Oodaaq programme
2015 Ascension (More than a feeling), commissioned for The Electric Guitar in Popular Culture conference, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
2014 Videorover 9: Archive, NURTUREart, New York
2013 Future Postcards as part of Forward Looking, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newton, then Solent Gallery, Southampton. Buried by the Centre for Alternative Technology, Pantperthog.
2013 Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig, St. Johns on Bethnal Green, London
2011 VIDEOROVER: Season III, NURTUREart, New York
2011 Hal Silver: Transmuter's Echo, Apiary Projects, London
2011 S.A.G.S, The Woodmill (Neckinger Depot), London
2010 Hal Silver and the Mourouge Room, Hospital Club, London
2010 Show One, Royal College of Art, London
2010 Landscape and Myth, Kingly Court, London
2009 Hal Silver, The Russian Club, London
2009 Concerning Dual Transmissions, w. Sidsel Christensen & Ben Judd, Hockney Gallery, London
PUBLICATIONS & RELEASES
2019 Becoming the Forest #3, published by Het Bos, Antwerp
2019 Glossolalia, a zine published by Sorcery Press, work included
2017 Becoming the Forest #2, published by Het Bos, Antwerp
2016 Nekrosus, edition of 250 flexi sound postcards + download, Last Post Recordings, France.
2016 A guide to the Guardians of Annwn, Infundibulum: stories of non-ordinary reality by women, published by Microcosmic Hypermarket, London
2016 Becoming the Forest insert, Rooilijn magazine, published by Het Bos, Antwerp
2015 The Promise of Something and Nothing, published by Tiny Splendor, Los Angeles.
2015 Becoming the Forest #1, published by Le Bon Accueil, Rennes.
2012 Black Metal: Beyond the Darkness, published by Black Dog Publishing, London.
2011 For Inclusion in the Syllabi, published by Five Storey Projects, London.
2010 Picking Up/Bouncing Back, published by Royal College of Art, London, essays by Alexander Düttman, Jean-Luc Nancy, Olivier Richon.
2010 Hal Silver in the Morouge Room, JottaContemporary Online Journal.
CURATED & FACILITATED PROJECTS
2018 Waking the Witch, curator for this Legion Projects Touring Exhibition which will tour to Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, 20-21 Visual Arts, Scunthorpe, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury and Bonington Gallery, Nottingham.
Artists include Verity Birt, Anna Bunting-Branch, Nadine Byrne, Mary Beth Edelson, Fiona Finnegan, Blue Firth, Fourthland, Georgia Horgan. Ben Jeans Houghton, Serena Korda, Candice Lin, Katarzyna Majak, Monica Sjöö, Lucy Stein, Ayesha Tan Jones and Cathy Ward.
2018 Earthly Delights; three nature-related workshops, as organiser, The Garden Gate Project & Open School East, Margate
2018 Gameplay; Three Game Design Workshops, as organiser, Open School East, Margate
2017 Joined Legion Projects as Curator & Cultural Producer.
2016 Turner Contemporary and the British Museum Commission: Hannah Lees, Turner Contemporary, Margate: Initiated as a BM National Programmes project; a contemporary response to a loan of Roman Samian ware from the local Pudding Pan ship wreck.
All the below as curator with Five Storey Projects:
2011 For Inclusion in the Syllabi, The Pigeon Wing, London: An exhibition and publication with contributions from Am Nuden Da, Ana Balona de Oliveira, Thomas Bush, Angus Cameron, Patrick Coyle, FSP, Tim Ivison and Julia Tcharfas, Sarah Jury, Mikko Kuorinki, Matthew MacKisack, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Rory Rowan, Matthew Thompson and Martijn in't Veld.
2010 MO·VE·MENT**, JTG, London: As part of JTProjects 10 FSP presented a revolving artistic residency in the front room of James Taylor Gallery. Installations by Joshua Bilton, Richard Hards and Josh Whitaker.
2010 Are you Experienced (?), SPACE, London: A radio take over day as part of Charlie Woolley's solo exhibition Mysterious Cults and RADIO SHOW project featuring lectures, performances and apparitions by Sidsel Christensen, Ben Judd, Matthew MacKisack, Felix Lee, Jacqui Mcintosh and Susan MacWilliam broadcasted live on the radio.
2009 The Object of the Attack, David Roberts Art Foundation, London: Three events based on the J.G. Ballard short story, featuring Susan MacwWilliam, Lars Laumann, Samuel Craven, Raagnagrok and Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann
2009 It’s a Mess and Most Probably Irreversible, Foubert’s Place, London: A group exhibition in an empty Soho shop front featuring work and live performances by David Raymond Conroy, Jack Strange, Ellie Harrison, Cecile Azoulay, Vasco Alvo, Joanna Steele, Charleswoth, Lewandowski & Mann, Sidsel Christensen, David Micheaud and Faith Millin
2008 Matter of Time, James Taylor Gallery, London: A site-specific exhibition in a Victorian Hackney warehouse featuring 17 artists including PaulMart, Aleister Levy, Elisabetta Alazraki, Clive A Brandon, Bianca Brunner, Kim Coleman, Jenny Hogarth & Haroon Mirza and more.
2018 Open School East Associate Artist
2008-2010 MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London
2004-2007 BA Photography, Camberwell College of Art, London