UPDATE (Feb 2021): The ‘Cetacean Research: An Oceanic Sound Model’ has been accepted for installation at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and is also listed on the Newcastle Creative Arts Research Page.
Super excited to have been awarded the Pioneer Award from Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice for an experimental research project “Cetacean Conservation: An Oceanic Sound Model”.
For 15 years, citizen-science volunteers at the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust have collected visual and acoustic data on cetacean movements and noise pollution, providing enough evidence to policy makers to help identify Marine Protected Areas.
NetTag (Newcastle University, SAgE) is a revolutionary marine underwater communication technology, currently used to locate missing fishing equipment to reduce marine waste and cetacean entrapment but with potential to be adopted by the Arts as a remote acoustic device.
This project intercepts the acoustic data collected by HWDT and NetTag, inviting listeners to imagine an oceanic perspective through the generation of a sound installation that crosses between Marine Science, Bioacoustics, Electronic Engineering and Digital Arts. The resulting works will be displayed on World Oceans Day (8th June 2020) at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne.
David de la Haye is the first technician to ever receive the Pioneer Award.
Over the moon! Awarded the Pioneer Award, allowing me to continue creative research around marine conservation with @HWDT_org. @technicians_mih at @NclUniMusic @NU_Technet #researchactivetechnicians @NCLcreativearts
— David de la Haye (@DJCdelahaye) December 16, 2019