About Honor


Honor is a New Zealand born curator and artist with a particular interest in art which uses new technologies, sound and science. Her TED speaker's profile is here: (http://www.ted.com/speakers/honor_harger.html).

Honor is currently director of Lighthouse (http://www.lighthouse.org.uk) in Brighton, UK.

She is also one half of the artistic duo r a d i o q u a l i a (http://www.radioqualia.net). Their project Radio Astronomy broadcasts radio waves from space as sound (http://www.radio-astronomy.net). Their work has been exhibited internationally at galleries, museums and festivals including ICC in Tokyo, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Walker Art Center, Sonar in Barcelona and Ars Electronica.

Honor writes the blog, Particle Decelerator (http://decelerator.blogspot.com ), which collects together particles of news and information about the worlds of science, art and technology, placing a special emphasis on the collision between the quantum and the cosmological.

In 2009-10 Honor was guest curator of transmediale, the international festival of art, moving image and digital culture, in Berlin (http://www.transmediale.de/en/node/9962).
From 2004 - 2008, she was director of the AV Festival in the North East of England (http://www.avfestival.co.uk) the UK's largest biennial of digital art, film and music.

Prior to that, she was the first curator of webcasting for Tate (2000-2003: http://www.tate.org.uk ), where she also curated events and concerts at Tate Modern.

Honor has curated exhibitions and events around the world, including art.net.uk/now in India in 2002 and Dots & Lines for the BBC in 2005. She has worked for the Bauhaus Dessau in Germany, ANAT in Australia and Artspace and Radio One in New Zealand. She has lectured at the European Space Agency, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the California Institute of the Arts, the American Film Institute & other institutes around the world.



Areas of Expertise

art & technology, Curating, Sonification

An idea worth spreading

I'm passonate about how listening can bring us closer to scientific ideas. This ranges from my own work - which is about radio astronomy (http://www.ted.com/talks/honor_harger_a_history_of_the_universe_in_sound.html), to work by other artists, scientist and composers. I'm currently really inspired by the efforts of scientists and composers to sonify particle physics data: http://decelerator.blogspot.com/2011/06/particle-physics-wind-chime.html

I'm passionate about

Science, sound, radio, astronomy, art, technology, particle physics, cosmology, sonification, serendipity, music, Aotearoa

My TED story

I tell my TEd story here: http://www.ted.com/talks/honor_harger_a_history_of_the_universe_in_sound.html

Comments & conversations

Honor Harger
Posted about 4 years ago
Honor Harger: A history of the universe in sound
Thank you for bringing up Jagadish Chandra Bose, one of the most important figures in this field, and someone who's work I deeply admire for all sorts of reasons. I would have loved to have talked about Bose, particularly his 1897 lecture before the Royal Institution in London, where upon he speculated that radio waves might, in fact, emanate from the Sun. Alas, in the 11 minutes I was given for the talk, I couldn't go into all the areas that round out this story ... But without doubt, Bose remains a great inspiration.