Luke Nickel

A white man in a blue shirt sits infront of a red background. He face and beard are painted blue, and he has pink lipstick on.
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Luke Nickel

An award-winning Canadian audiovisual artist, virtual roller coaster designer and independent researcher currently living in Bristol, UK.

Nickel’s work takes the form of experimental sound compositions, videos, simulated roller coasters and illustrations. His work knots together themes of memory, transcription, queer identity and gravity. He has collaborated with internationally-established soloists and chamber ensembles such as Mira Benjamin, Heather Roche, Quatuor Bozzini, and EXAUDI and shown work in festivals such as Sound Forms (Hong Kong) and the HCMF.

About his work, scholar Jennie Gottschalk writes that “there is an unusual quality of rawness” (Experimental Music Since 1970). In addition to his artistic work, Nickel has received a Ph.D from Bath Spa University and actively publishes on topics such as orally-transmitted experimental music, Éliane Radigue and roller coasters. Nickel also co-founded and curated the Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from 2010-2020.

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