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In my art I am fascinated by the interface between technology, the individual, and the socio-cultural belief systems entwining them. I seek to pose questions on our understanding of the concentric strata of our surroundings– the overlapping realms of phenomenal consciousness, the built environment, the terrestrial biosphere, and the cosmic absolute. Previous works have addressed eutrophication of closed systems, utilized infrasonic sensing to control mechanisms, and appropriated the first recorded motion images of a nematocyst discharge in a jellyfish. Often these works rely on video and audio as a means to access the primacy of perception. I view my work as a qualitative compliment to science and technology, borrowing concepts and methodologies in the pursuit of a fuller understanding of the human condition.



Biographical Notes:

David Halsell is a new media artist and filmmaker whose work synthesizes a range of ideas around perceptual consciousness, the ecology of mind, personal/social relationships with the natural world, and the constructions of time. Halsell explores these ideas through the use of video, sound, objects, and installation- developing experiences that underscore our awareness and connectedness of the self in and to our environments.

Halsell received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington, graduating cum laude and as Mary Gates Scholar. He is currently a Research Associate at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington.

Halsell's works have been exhibited and performed at the Madrid Abierto 2007, Digital Art Weeks at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art at the University of Minnesota, the Zeppelin Sound Projects Festival at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Miller Gallery and Fe Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Landlocked Film Festival. His writings have been published in NY Arts magazine and the Spanish new media journal A Minima.

Halsell's interest in art extends back to when he sold his first painting in first grade for five dollars. He took a circuitous route back to making art previously working as a web/multimedia designer, impresario, carpenter, yacht rigger, and licensed Merchant Marine captain.

Halsell lives in Seattle with his wife Theresa.



Contact via email:

dwh at dwhalsell.com


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