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Artist Filmmaker Helen Nias

Helen Nias is an artist filmmaker from London, based in Sydney. Her work is the result of an inquisitive desire to discover and understand more about the world and minds we inhabit. Topics of interest include spatial and temporal perceptions, dreams and reality, the experience of these and the memories these experiences create.

In January 2016 Helen had her first solo exhibition, SHOOT, REWIND, SPLICE, REMEMBER, at the Camera Club's Gallery 1885 in London. The exhibition featured a selection of photographic stills created for Helen's moving image work, a collection of short films from 2006 onwards, and a new video piece edited and screened on VHS, WHAT AM I?.

Obsolete & Discontinued (2015-16)

Collaborative project led by photographer Mike Crawford. 10 sheets of old photographic paper are the starting point for exploring the theme of obsolete analogue video technology.
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I only like it if it's expensive, darling (2014)

With Jack Quick. It's 2015 so soon every home will have a virtual reality headset, and we'll be able to travel the world from our living rooms. But what happens when VR goes wrong?
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VIDEOLETTER TO HARVEY MILK (2013)

Video interpretation of a letter written to Harvey Milk - a visual letter composed of submitted imagery representing what makes life good. Created for Festival delle Lettere Milan, Italy, October 2013. 
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SPIN: "Memory" Spiral (2013)

A crude depiction of memory, which questions our perception of time, and uses the rotation of the earth round the sun as a starting point.
Created for Whirlygig Cinema's 3rd Birthday.
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Curiousciousness (2012)

Thoughts and views on various aspects of consciousness from a variety of people (and an iPhone). Shot on one cartridge of super 8 film for straight 8 2012. Pronounced 'cure-ee-osh-uss-ness'.
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Inescapable Journey (2011)

With Cassandra Vervoort. Some memories can be hidden away, but those recollected by smell seem to engulf us involuntarily.

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A Version of Us (2011)

Experimenting with transferring analogue video of my siblings and I growing up in the 90s onto film, via digital video, and rows of inkjet printed frames on paper.
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Picnic on the Moon (2011)

With Angus Johnstone, for straight 8 2011. We asked our friends and family in Melbourne what they thought would have been invented by the year 2011 - as XKCD put it, where are the flying cars?
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Where I End Up (2010)

What if it were possible to create a camera to take into our minds as we sleep, and relay the images taken there of insane landscapes, impossible architecture, and the ever-changing, flowing environment of inside our dreams?
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Detachments of Reality (2010)

This short film explores a number of fears and thoughts to do with how we perceive the world around us and in our heads.
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Taking Me Into the Future (2009-10)

With Cassandra Vervoort. This short melancholic film explores ideas and fears about the future, mortality, and immortality and the isolation this would bring.
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Walking Through a Dream (2009)

A silent dream sequence created using animated photograms, paint, and computer collaged images, January 2009.
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From the Sublime to the Ridiculous (2006)

Drawing loosely on ideas of philosopher Edmund Burke, this piece also attempts to show that often the link between two opposites is a lot closer than it might seem at first.
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