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something about horizons

28 September 2023
7.00pm – 8.30pm AEST
Io Myers Studio, Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab
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Nikki Heywood | Clayton Thomas | Harry Levey | Sam James

The impulse for this work is to compose a live spatial installation for an (imagined) experience where a mind/ a consciousness hovers between states of existence.

It is a proposition, a reverie that lightly contemplates the 'pointy end’, making sense of matter and motion... something about uncertainty and letting go.

We are still here, but for how long and in what condition?

What will the next stage, the next Bardo of our existence, be like? Can we even imagine it? And what about our senses of perception? Will there be feeling? What will it sound like?

The focus on ‘hearing’ mirrors the development of the embryo’s first sense, as well as being possibly the last sense to remain at and around the event of dying.

A state Tibetan Buddhists call:

‘BARDO THODOL: liberation in the intermediate state through hearing’.


About the Artists

NIKKI HEYWOOD is a Sydney-based interdisciplinary artist working across dance, performance, writing and live art. A performance creator with a deep focus on embodiment, her long professional practice has centred upon collaboration, devising and directing original performance. Since the 90’s her work has been presented at venues such as Performance Space, PICA (Perth), Adelaide Festival, Theatreworks and NGV (Melbourne), Griffin Theatre, PACT, Brisbane Powerhouse and Metro Arts, Magdalena Women’s festivals in Colombia, New Zealand and Brisbane, Edinburgh Festival.

SAMUEL JAMES is a video artist and projection designer since 1994, working on over 200 projects with live performance. He makes art films with performance makers & participates in international residencies to develop video works on phenomenology.

HARRY LEVEY is an early career multi-instrumentalist working across post punk and ambient, playing & touring with bands. Explores experimental sound design for durational performance.

CLAYTON THOMAS approach to the bass is inspired by the master improvisers Barre Phillips, Peter Kowald, Henry Grimes and William Parker. Building a unique voice through 20 years of global collaboration, his viewpoint centres on shared expression, in-situ composition and utter surprise.


This event is presented by the School of Arts & Media's Intermedial Composition Network


Io Myers Studio is a part of the the Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab (CPL) which is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus. Please note this is a live event only, and will not be available via livestream. 





Wheelchair Access
The Creative Practice Lab is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington campus. The closest accessible drop-off point to the venue is a lift accessible underground carpark opposite the building. Access via Gate 2, High Street and turn right at the round about. Vehicles can drop off patrons directly in front of the venue or proceed to the underground carpark to the right which is a 200 metre walk approximately.

More information on getting there can be found via our interactive accessibility map available here

Hearing Loop
The Creative Practice Lab has hearing assistive technology available. Patrons wishing to utilise this service must collect a Roger™ inductive neck loop receiver from the venue staff, and this system can be used with a hearing aid or cochlear implant with a T-coil, or with headphones. Please advise if you require the use of the hearing loop before arrival. 

Auslan & Captioning 
Auslan interpreting services and/or live captioning can be provided for selected talks upon request.

To book and discuss access services, please call the CPL on 02 9348 2313 or email


The Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab is easily accessible via public transport and the closest light rail stop is UNSW Anzac Parade (L3 line). For more information please call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit

Free parking is also available in the Barker St Car Park (Gate 14) from 5.30pm. For access to free parking, event patrons must park in the UNSW Permit Holder bays, available on all levels. The Barker St Car Park (Gate 14) parking station is located here. 

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’ in all other UNSW car parks. For more information head here



For all the other enquiries, please email or call the Creative Practice Lab on 02 9348 2313.

The Creative Practice Lab is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9348 2313. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9348 2313. For more information on all other relay calls visit here.