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Peter Shenai

I am an artist working across a diversity of media, including sculpture, music, video, performance and drawing. My work seeks to develop new ways of communicating data through physical artworks, enabling audiences to engage with scientific and cultural stories through tangible, interactive and multisensory encounters.

In Hurricane Bells I designed and cast five bells modelled on the structure of Hurricane Katrina. Struck in order these musical instruments produce a series of tones, representing the growing power of Katrina as it headed towards land. The bells were taken to New Orelans and survivors played them to mark the 13th anniversary of the storm, thereby sparking larger conversations about climate change and its cultural effects. The project is the subject of a Radio 4 documentary, currently available to listen to on BBC sounds online.