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Dr Toby Heys

Reader in Media

Dr Toby Heys

Dr Toby Heys is a Reader in Digital Media and is the Leader of the Future Technologies research centre.

He is currently:
* The primary investigator on ‘Enlight’ - A pan European sound and light production/residency/festival project funded by the European Cultural Fund for 2 years.
* A Co-Investigator on a 3D printing graphene project funded by the EPSRC for 3.5 years.

Heys is a member of the sonic research unit AUDINT. They are currently preparing an anthology called ‘Unsound : Undead’ for publication through Univocal. Since 2007, popular culture has been marked by the phenomenon of dead rap and rock stars being revivified using holographic technology. From Elvis to Tupac, these examples are emblematic of a newly emerging necromantic culture that problematizes the taken for granted idea that performers must be breathing, thereby troubling the relationship between sound/music and life. This technologically induced rebirth opens up a series of intriguing questions, informed by theories of post- and in-humanism, relating to artificiality, mortality and virtuality (what we refer to as the Undead). From high frequency crowd control systems and ultrasonic directional audio technology to haptic feedback devices using vibration within the context of VR, our understanding of the sonic is constantly re-engineered. These augmentations of audition to include the imperceptible and the not-yet or no-longer audible (what we refer to as Unsound), and their relationship to the Undead, demarcate the remit of the contributions. Ultimately, the book examines what is it about the sonic that has provided cultures throughout history with channels to the otherworldly?

He received a full AHRC scholarship to undertake his PhD entitled - The Utilisation of Waveforms as Weapons, Apparatus for Psychological Manipulation, and as Instruments of Physiological Influence by Industrial, Entertainment, and Military Organisations at Liverpool John Moores University, finishing in 2011. A year of this study was spent undertaking a Visiting Scholar position in the Music department at New York University (NYU) in the USA.

He is an active external member and researcher within:

* Hexagram / CIAM (Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies Concordia University/Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec, Canada)
* Audio Cultures Research Unit (ACRU), KIngston University, London, UK
* Sonic Research Initiative (SRI), York University, Toronto, Canada

Projects

P.E.R.C.E.P. (Prepared Environment for Research into the Crossmodal Effects of Perception)

A project concerned with the development and integration of a multi-sensory laboratory based in the Digital Innovation shed. PERCEP will be a multi-disciplinary space that can be sensorially engineered. Details…

3D Printing Graphene

Working with Dr. Craig Banks (Reader in nano and electrochemical technology) and Matt Pilling (lecturer from Architecture) at MMU, we are developing a 3D printer and process that allows us to construct three dimensional objects made from graphene. Details…

AUDINT - A Martial Hauntology

AUDINT is a research cell investigating how ultrasonic, sonic and infrasonic frequencies are used to demarcate territory in the soundscape and the ways in which their martial and civil deployments modulate psychological, physiological and architectural states. Re-formatted in 2008, AUDINT currently consists of Toby Heys and Steve Goodman. Details…

Heys & Saucier - Radiabolus

An interactive robotic sound system that functions as a martial jukebox. It plays music from army, navy, and airforce recruitment adverts that have been aired on TV stations from 30+ countries over the past 40 years. Details…

The Cotard Syndicate - Phantom Lim(b)inality

The notion of wilderness is replete with ideas of transgression and redemption. When referring to wilderness one often speaks of it as being at the end of what is ‘known’ or topologically perceivable. Details…

Research

Toby Heys is a member of:

A selection of recent research outputs.

Exhibitions

Heys, T., 2015. Delusions of the Living Dead, Tate Britain.

Heys, T. and Blank, O., 2014. Drone Chamber 2, Broken City Lab, Windsor, Canada, 01.02.2014 - 28.02.2014.

09. 2014: AUDINT – Martial Hauntology (Museum of Contemporary Art, Herford, Germany)08. 2014: AUDINT – Martial Hauntology (Museum of Contemporary Art, Herford, Germany)07. 2014: AUDINT – Martial Hauntology (Museum of Contemporary Art, Herford, Germany)06. 2014: AUDINT – Martial Hauntology (Museum of Contemporary Art, Herford, Germany)05. 2014: AUDINT – Martial Hauntology (Museum of Contemporary Art, Herford, Germany)04. 2014: AUDINT – Martial Hauntology (Museum of Contemporary Art, Herford, Germany)

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2014. Martial Hauntology, MARTA Museum of Contemporary Art, Herford, Germany, 14.02.2014 - 01.06.2014.

09. 2014: Saucier & Heys - Radiabolus08. 2014: Saucier & Heys - Radiabolus07. 2014: Saucier & Heys - Radiabolus06. 2014: Saucier & Heys - Radiabolus05. 2014: Saucier & Heys - Radiabolus04. 2014: Saucier & Heys - Radiabolus

Heys, T. & Saucier, R, 2014. Radiabolus, International Digital Arts Biennial, Montreal, Canada, May 1st, 2014 - June 19th, 2014.

09. AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Unsound Festival)03. AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Unsound Festival)02. AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Unsound Festival)01. AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Unsound Festival)

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2013. Dead Record Office, (Solo exhibition) Bunkier Sztuki / Unsound Festival. Krakow, Poland, 13.10.13 - 20.10.13.

03. 2013: AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Site Gallery, Sheffield302. 2013: AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Site Gallery, Sheffield201. 2013: AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Site Gallery, Sheffield)08. AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Unsound Festival)07. AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Unsound Festival)06. AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Unsound Festival)

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2013. Dead Record Office, (Group exhibition) 'Platform: In The Making', Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK.

Heys, T., Blank, O., 2013. Ghettodrone: Chamber 1, (Group exhibition) 'Seamless', The Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Heys, T., 2013. Vinyl Collider, (Group exhibition) 'Sensory & Emotional Education', Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.

Heys, T., Saucier, R., 2013. Virutorium, (Group exhibition) 'Seamless', The Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2012. Dead Record Office, (Group exhibition) 'New Forms Installations', Centre for Digital Media, Vancouver, Canada.

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2012. Dead Record Office, (Group exhibition) 'Spectral / Club Transmediale', Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin, Germany.

Heys, T., Bardin, S., 2012. The Department of Phantom Limb Recyling (DoPLR), (Group Exhibition) 'Seeing Ourselves', Muse Center of Photography & Moving Image, New York.

Heys, T., Ramakrishnan, S. and Bardin, S., 2012. The Phantom Economy of Torments, (Group exhibition) 'Art Environment Action!', Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York, 28.09.12 - 15.12.12.

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2011. Dead Record Office, (Solo exhibition) Art in General. New York, USA.

Heys, T., Barnet, S., 2011. Does God Live in the No-Fly Zone, (Solo exhibition) Galerie Occurrence, Montréal, Canada.

Heys, T., Saucier, R., 2011. Virutorium, (Solo exhibition) Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Heys, T., Saucier, R., 2011. Virutorium, Acadia University Gallery, Acadia, Canada.

Heys, T., Saucier, R., 2011. Virutorium, (Group Exhibition) AC Realities, New York, USA.

Heys, T., Saucier, R., 2010. Viralava, (Group exhibition) AC Realities, New York, USA.

Heys, T., Barnet, S., 2009. Does God Live in the No-Fly Zone, (Solo exhibition) Five Years Gallery, London, England.

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Heys, T., Lopez, N., 2009. Listening for Talinel Chaban, (Solo exhibition) Centre d’exposition Circa, Montréal, Canada.

Heys, T., Couzinier, T. and Dubuard, B., 2009. re: CORD and Scalene, (Group exhibition) 'Extracts'. The Slick Art Fair. Paris, France.

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2009. Unsound Systems, (Group exhibition) 'Art in the Name of Security'. Academy of Art, Berlin, Germany.

09. Toby Heys - Thoughts of a Construction Worker08. Toby Heys - Thoughts of a Construction Worker07. Toby Heys - Thoughts of a Construction Worker06. Toby Heys - Thoughts of a Construction Worker05. Toby Heys - Thoughts of a Construction Worker04. Toby Heys - Thoughts of a Construction Worker

Heys, T., 2008. The Thoughts Of A Construction Worker, (Solo exhibition) The Under Construction Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey.

Heys, T., 2008. Viruhoody, (Group exhibition) 'Mal Aux Pixel Festival'. Mains D’Oeuvres, Paris, France.

12. 2008: Saucier & Heys - Virutorium11. 2008: Saucier & Heys - Virutorium10. 2008: Saucier & Heys - Virutorium09. 2008: Saucier & Heys - Virutorium08. 2008: Saucier & Heys - Virutorium07. 2008: Saucier & Heys - Virutorium

Heys, T., Saucier, R., 2008. Virutorium, (Solo exhibition) Neutral Ground Gallery, Regina, Canada.

Artefacts

01. 2014: AUDINT - 'Martial Hauntology' (AUDINT Records)09. 2014: AUDINT - 'Martial Hauntology' (AUDINT Records)08. 2014: AUDINT - 'Martial Hauntology' (AUDINT Records)07. 2014: AUDINT - 'Martial Hauntology' (AUDINT Records)06. 2014: AUDINT - 'Martial Hauntology' (AUDINT Records)05. 2014: AUDINT - 'Martial Hauntology' (AUDINT Records)

Heys, T. & Goodman, S, 2014. 'Martial Hauntology', 180gm Clear Vinyl, 6 x 12"x12" 'Dead Record Office' cards, and a 112-page book released in a triple gatefold., 2014.

Performances

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2013. 'Martial Hauntology', The Evil Music Festival, The House of World Cultures (Haus der Kulturen der Welt), Berlin, Germany, 26.10.2013.

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2013. 'Martial Hauntology', The Unsound Festival, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland, 16.10.2013.

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2012. 'Martial Hauntology', OpenSound Event, Nantes, France, 30.10.2012.

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2012. 'Martial Hauntology', Sound Development City Event, The White Building. London, England, 05.09.2012.

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2012. 'Martial Hauntology', New Forms Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 15.09.2012.

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2012. 'Martial Hauntology', Chelsea College of Art and Design, Moving Forest, London, England, 04.07.2012.

Heys, T., Couzinier, T. and Dubuard, B., 2009. 're. Cord', Nemo Festival. Paris, France.

Heys, T., Couzinier, T. and Dubuard, B., 2008. 're. Cord', Palais de Tokyo, 'From One Revolution To Another', Paris, France.

Heys, T., Couzinier, T. and Dubuard, B., 2008. 're. Cord', Neutral Ground Gallery. Regina, Canada.

Jointly Authored Book

09. 2011: AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Art in General. New York, USA)08. 2011: AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Art in General. New York, USA)07. 2011: AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Art in General. New York, USA)06. 2011: AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Art in General, New York, USA)05. 2011: AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Art in General, New York, USA)04. 2011: AUDINT - Dead Record Office (Art in General, New York, USA)

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2013. 'Dead Record Office', Art in General, New York, USA.

Edited Books

Heys, T., Hennlich, A., Parikka, J., Buiani, R., Goodman, S., Poissant, L., 2010. 'Infrasense / Virutorium: Viral Projects by the Kit Collaboration and Robert Saucier', Thirdsound Press, Manchester, England.

Journal Articles

Heys, T., Hennlich, A., 2013. 'The Nervous Witness of Struggle', Esse, 54-57.

Heys, T., Hennlich, A., 2010. 'The Art of Conservative Détournement', ETC, 88, 61-64.

Heys, T., 2010. 'The Avant-Garde and the Detainment Camp', ETC, 91, 31-33.

Presentations

Heys, T., 2013. 'Chair of panel 'Clandestine Movements and Detention Under Dictatorship'', Musical and Other Cultural Responses to Political Violence in Latin America, Manchester University, 06.12.2013.

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2012. 'An Unsound History of Sonic Warfare', Invisible Attacks & Hideouts, Hau 3, Berlin, Germany, 03.02.2012.

Heys, T., 2012. 'Audio Visual Interpretation', Real-Time Visuals, Goldsmiths College, Real-Time Visuals Research Network, London, England, 18.06.2012.

Heys, T., Perich, T. and Kontopoulos. M, 2011. 'An Unsound History of AUDINT', Rhizome Commissions, The New Museum, New York, USA, 15. 07.2011.

Heys, T., 2011. 'The Haunted Histories of AUDINT', Art In General Artist's Series, Art in General. New York, USA, 29.07.2011.

Heys, T., Goodman, S. and Tompkins, D., 2011. 'The Martial Arts of Sonic Hauntology', Eyebeam Sonic Arts Conference, Eyebeam, New York, USA, 13.06.2011.

Heys, T., Saucier. R, 2011. 'The Resonant Frequency of the Virus', Artist Forum Series, Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, Canada, 19.03.2011.

Heys, T., Goodman, S., 2010. 'An Unsound History of AUDINT', Platform Series, Site Gallery, Sheffield, England, 25.11.2010.