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Since the mid-1970’s, Hooker has consistently produced work which traverses recognised categories within art and interdisciplinary research, to include sculptures, installations, audio-works and image-making, as well as fusions of dance, music and theatre. During the 1970’s and 1980’s he undertook numerous site-specific performances and installations in Britain, Europe, America and Australia. From the ’90’s onwards his public sculptures, exhibitions and installations have featured unique sound systems which fuse together aspects of art and science.

These often concern aspects of meteorology and astronomy and combine mechanical and electrical power with natural elements such as wind, water and sunshine to generate audible and visual movement within sculptures. Many of the prints, photographs, drawings, maquettes, videos and audio CDs derived from these processes have featured in exhibitions and are for sale as limited editions.

Recent examples, outlined more fully in the accompanying Full CV are as follows:

2012 STARDUST COLLECTOR Ongoing research into the production of a new cosmic ray audio-visual installation.
2011 AUDIO ACCOMPANIMENT (installation triggered by cosmic rays) and CONDUCTOR (symphonic audio installation controlled by sunshine recorder readings). Work in preparation for the De La Warr Pavilion, Sussex; to be shown alongside the John Cage exhibition ‘Every Day is a Good Day’.
2010 ExLab Bridport Arts Centre and Sherborne Arts House, Dorset. Exhibition of prints and audio-works as part of a future ‘Big Picture’ exhibition of site-specific installations within the Jurassic coastline, Dorset — proposed for 2012.
2009 ANTARCTICA Sculpture and audio installation — group show. Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tonsberg, Norway.
2008 TIMELINE (audio installation triggered by cosmic rays) Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Bergen.
2007 THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT YOU Locus+ Archive Exhibition. Photographs, proposals and drawings. Hatton Gallery, Newcastle.
2005/6 LOCAL STARS outdoor sound & light sculpture, Gladstone Place, London.
  STROLL ON Performance, video and drawings as part of the ‘1979’ group exhibition, Bloomberg SPACE, London.
  HEARING ME HEARING YOU Audio Arts Group Archive Exhibition. Audio-cassette works, Plymouth Arts Centre. Nov-Jan 07
2003/4 MINDSCAPE audio-visual installation at the Unitarian Church, Brighton,  in collaboration with Sol Sneltvedt and the Department of Neuroscience, University of Sussex.
  RUB-A-DUB/WAVE-WALL III University of Brighton Gallery/Brighton Festival.
  NORTH ATLANTIC OSCILLATION music (devised in collaboration with Dr David Stephenson).
2000/2 ARTfutures Contemporary Arts Society group exhibition, Barbican London.
1994/9 SUN FOUNTAIN Lee Valley Leisure Centre.
  SOUNDING PARTY Kielder Water, Northumberland
  TWINS Churchill Square, Brighton (Standard Life Insurance commission)
  THE LIGHTNING PANEL Science Museum London (permanent collection)
  SENSITIVE DEPENDENCE Economist Plaza, London (permanent collection)
  SONIC SPACES Research to develop audio artworks for people with hearing difficulties

Hooker`s installations and sculptures utilise a very wide range of materials and transformed objects. Audio sources range from the spoken word to percussion and orchestral music, which he produces in his studio situated in the Sussex countryside. He was made Professor of Sculpture at The University of Brighton in 2005 where he founded The Spring Group, an inter-disciplinary research group of artists, scientists and musicians linking four universities. He is the Course Leader for M.A. Fine Art at the University.

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