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Neil HoweBiography: Neil Howe was born in 1951 in Melbourne, Australia. He first studied Biology at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and was awarded a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in 1973 with a triple major in Biochemistry, Zoology and Botany. For a number of years he was employed as a research officer at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Division of Protein Chemistry and later the Neurochemistry Department of Monash University working on Influenza and Muscular Dystrophy research projects. In 1977 Neil Howe left the world of science to study visual art and entered Prahran College of Advanced Education (now Victorian College of the Arts) to study sculpture under John Davis and David Wilson, photography under Athol Shmith and film under Paul Cox. He was awarded a Diploma of Art & Design in 1980 and won the Powell Street Gallery sculpture prize as top sculpture student of that year. While still a student, Howe first began to exhibit painting and sculpture in various art competitions like the Corio art prize and the Tina Wentcher Sculpture Prize. Howe is also a self taught musician and owning several electronic music synthesizers was invited to join an avant garde music group called The Composers Collective with Ken Guntar, Greg Riddell, and Ash Wednesday. Bringing to the group a visual art perspective, the Composers Collective became "The Collective" and soon began to incorporate performance art into its repertoire with Neil Howe as the artistic director and Greg Riddell as the music director after Ken Guntar moved to Sydney in 1979. From 1978 to 1981 The Collective was very actively producing and presenting new music and performance art events at many academic institutions and art galleries around Victoria. The performances by the Collective were usually live multimedia events incorporating elements of new music composition directed by Greg Riddell, performance incorporating the main members of the Collective and occasional guest performers, experimental film and early video art created by Neil Howe, with Howe directing the overall performance aesthetic. After 1982 the main members of the group, Neil Howe, music composer Greg Riddell, and poet/percussionist Ian McBryde, formed a contemporary music group called The Dance with Michael Jordan on drums and Chico Henderson on bass and started performing at popular pub and nightclub venues around Melbourne. In 1982 Howe was ... to see complete biography, click on artist's name Country: Australia Birthyear: 1951 Galleries: 1978 Mildura Sculpture Triennial, student section. 1978 Co-formed the performance art group The Collective. 1979 Performance event, "More Mediocre Melodies", Preston Performance Festival, Pitspace Gallery,Bundoora. 1979-80 Performance events by The Collective at Melba Hall, Melbourne University, Latrobe University, RMIT Arts Festival, RMIT Gallery, Deakin University, Geelong, Swinburne Institute Technology, Caulfield Institute of Technology, Caf'e Theodore, Sydney, plus five commissioned outdoor performances for the Moomba Festival, Melbourne presented in collaboration with 'Community Celebrations'. 1979 Tina Wentcher Sculpture Exhibition, AMP Centre, Melbourne. 1980 "Prahran Sculptors", Adrian Brandt Gallery, Melbourne. 1981 First Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne. 1981 Performance event "Ego is an Arty Word", Niagra Gallery, Melbourne. 1981 Performance event, "Diallage of a Documenting Doctrinaire", RMIT Performance Festival, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. 1981 "Untitled", sculpture exhibition, McCormack Gallery, Melbourne. 1982 Video exhibition, Rosslyn Oxely 9 Gallery, Sydney. 1983 Performance event, "Ern Malley is on the Dole", Melbourne Fringe Arts Festival. 1985 Sculpture 85", group sculpture exhibition, Melbourne Exhibition Centre. 1985 Video exhibition, Melbourne Fringe Arts Festival. 1985 Solo painting exhibition, Mills Street Gallery, Melbourne. 1985 Mornington Peninsula Sculpture Prize, Mornington Art Gallery. 1986 Sculpture exhibition, St Kilda Arts Festival, Linden Art Gallery, Melbourne. 1986 Created sound environment for "Kinetic Sunrise", performance by Kevin Mortensen, Alexander Theatre, Monash University. 1986 Video exhibition, Adelaide Fringe Arts Festival, Adelaide. 1987 Created sound environment for a multimedia theatre event by Peter Summerfeld and Kevin Mortensen, "Why People Go to Traffic Accidents", Theatreworks, St Kilda. 1988 First Australian Video Festival, Sydney. 1989 Second Australian Video Festival, Sydney. 1989 Created live video synthesized wall for Stelarc's "Event for Video Shadow, Automatic Arm and Third Hand", Glen Eira City Arts Complex, Melbourne. 1991 Travelled extensively around Europe and the USA 1994 Sound environment and videography for performance by Kevin Mortensen, Geelong wetlands. 1998 Sound environment and videography for"Display of the Bird King", performance by Kevin Mortensen, Lake Burley Griffon, Canberra and exhibition at Canberra School of Art Gallery. 2000 "Bodyscapes ", solo exhibition of digital images, the Photographers Gallery, Sth Yarra. 2000 Sound environment and videography of "Limnophilous Longirostral", performance by Kevin Mortensen, Noosa, Qld. Exhibition of digital images and sound installation, Noosa Regional Art Gallery, Tewantan, Qld. 2002 "Pixxelpoint", international group exhibition of digital art, Metna Gallery, Nova Gorica, Slovenia. 2002 International group exhibition of digital art, Foundation Fita, Catalonia, Spain 2003 "Bodyscapes II", solo exhibition of digital images, the Photographers Gallery, Sth Yarra. 2003 "Bid for Freedom", group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne. 2004 "Postcards", group exhibition, Linden Gallery, Melbourne. 2004 "Bid for Freedom 2", group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne. 2004 "Memorial for the Victims of Terror", group web exhibition, New York, USA. 2004 "Diesel-New-Art", group web exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2004 Group exhibition, Kinross House Art Centre, Melbourne. 2005 “Bid for Freedom 3”, group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne. 2005 “Diesel New Art”, group web exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2005 “D-Art”, group exhibition 9th International Conference of Information Visualization, Greenwich University, London, UK. 2005 “Bodyscapes III”, solo exhibition, Uniting Arts Toorak. 2005 ‘CyberArts’ Prix Ars Electronica, group exhibition, Linz, Austria 2005 ‘Artists Against Sedition Laws Exhibition’, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool Regional Museum. 2006 ‘Bid For Freedom 4’, group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne. 2006 ‘CyberArts’, Prix Ars Electronica, group exhibition, Linz, Austria 2006 ‘Heartspace’, group exhibition, Adelaide Festival Gallery, Adelaide. 2006 ‘Bodyscapes 2000-2006’, solo survey exhibition, Brunswick St. Gallery, Fitzroy. 2006 Thirteen – Portrait of a Teenager’, solo exhibition & book launch, Uniting Arts Toorak, Melbourne. 2006 ‘Changing Nature’, Greenpeace group exhibition, The Gallery in Darling Park, Sydney, 2006 ‘Genesis’, Rooftop Film Festival, New York, USA 2007 ‘Techno-art’, group exhibition, Lapart, Wallspace Gallery, Brisbane. 2007 ‘Piemonte Share Festival, group IT exhibition, Torino, Italy 2007 ‘Global Warming Show’, group exhibition, Asylum Gallery, Sacramento, USA 2007 ‘International Postcard Show,’ group exhibition, Circa Magazine, Dublin Ireland 2007 ‘Snap to the Grid’, group exhibition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, USA 2007 ‘Digital Fringe, group web exhibition, Melbourne Fringe Arts Festival. 2007 Video Art Festival, group exhibition with Kevin Mortensen, City of Dandenong, Melbourne. 2008 Magmart International Videoart Festival, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy Awards: 1980 Powell Street Gallery Sculpture Prize. 1981 Australia Council for the Arts research grant. 1984 Australia Council for the Arts publishing grant. Media: computer or digital art Style: surrealistic Subjects: people, portraits and characters
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