Nigel Royal

b. 1964

Nigel Royal is a New Zealand artist currently living in Wellington, New Zealand. His work investigates sense and perception, how we construct and interpret conscious experience through information, language and communication.

"We live in a world increasingly directed by abstract procedural processes driven by performance based criteria, these constructed belief systems are highly ritualised and target our primal emotional states, construct and projected upon us by the very objects we love.

Artists have always been caught up in the struggle between nature and technology. They are bound up in the love hate relationship that exists between their medium, and the implications of what the medium represents in our culture.

My own practice investigates my uneasy relationship with language and the technological medium, interrogating the inner workings and mechanisms of mass media communication and its relationship with ritual practices, belief systems and propaganda.

What I am interested in is the psychological effects of fear, tension and anxiety that we experience when confronted by an increasingly sophisticated system of technically manufactured ritualised beliefs.

Overall my practice focuses on the difficulty of communication. Presently I am investigating how the body operates as a gestural system and I am asking what happens to communication when this system is deconstructed and its elements are re-configured and subverted by time-based media. Within this I am interested in the psychological effects of fear, tension and anxiety that we experience when confronted by an increasingly sophisticated system of manufactured ritualised beliefs. The aim is to draw attention to the ways in which our conscious realities are constructed and manipulated by Mass Media." - NR