"As if stranded by some ancient flood, two sonic river punts float in the Bundanon Homestead, carrying cargoes of milk and honey. In this video documentation of the installation, (Milk and Honey 2011), eight streams of audio intermingle Old Testament verse with ambient nature recording and cryptic 19th century farm diary entries by the Bidulph family. Waterscapes envelop the sound of hand milking in an old fashioned dairy, whilst a quill pen scratches out the daily farm routines, weather patterns and the small detail of agricultural life.”
NIGEL HELYER (a.k.a. Dr Sonique) is a sculptor and sound artist with an international reputation for large-scale sonic installations, environmental sculpture works and new media projects. His practice is actively interdisciplinary linking creative practice with scientific research and development.
“‘The phrase from Exodus, “A land flowing with Milk and Honey”, describes the agricultural plenty of the chosen land. Early colonial settlers to the Shoalhaven region forged their own path towards this metaphor of plenty in a life that melded European practices and stereotypes with a landscape chosen but unknown, and perhaps unknowable".
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