I am Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts. I exhibit nationally and internationally and I am known for my ecological artworks, sound sculptures and large-scale immersive installations. I have explored water and its natural circulatory systems, made works in connection to gravity, the sea and the internal body. More recently I have been recording the movement of trees and I'm exploring ways to relate this data to sound. I am activating publicly engaged projects, working closely with people and communities. My artworks are often sited in public spaces nationally and internationally as well as in galleries and performance venues.
International experience includes exhibitions and research activities in Norway, Japan, Australia, USA, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Ireland and the Czech Republic.
I currently teach on the BA (Hons) Fine Art Programme.
I integrate my research and practice into the curriculum which ensures up to date and high-quality learning. I involve both colleagues and students across the faculty in research projects and offer professional practice opportunities as well as innovative alternative approaches to collaborative research. I coordinate external projects, giving students exposure to real-life practical experiences.
Through these activities I teach transferable skills, ensuring that students are prepared for life after university through work-based projects. My research and practice is ongoing and by sharing my investigations I ensure that students are challenged to engage with the creation of new understandings.
I have previously been employed as an Associate Lecturer at The University of Brighton, Nottingham Trent University, De Montfort University, New College Nottingham and South Nottingham College.
I was a visiting academic at Monash University, Melbourne, and The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia. I taught and was postgraduate assessor for MA Fine Art Programme at Nottingham Trent University.
There are many significant professional achievements and interests across a long career as a professional artist and educator. My work is part of national and international contemporary art collections. I was invited as the first female sonic artist to make work for the Belgium sonic sculpture park Klankenbos. The interactive sonic arts sculpture The Frequency of trees became part of the prestigious Yorkshire Sculpture Park Open Air collection alongside some of the most influential and leading international artists. My Performing Data research projects connect with researchers at The Scott Polar Research Institute and continue to make important contributions to the international discourse of art and science in connection with the climate emergency.
My research and practice focuses on installation practice, interactive arts, kinetic sculpture, sonic art, performance, live arts and socially engaged practices. I use tools and inventions to capture the imagination and to reveal the magic in our natural world. I collaborate with specialists, explore digital technologies and processes and find interesting ways to manipulate data.
My work has been attuned to natural ecologies for many years. In an attempt to find ways to understand and respond to a new geological age, I develop and lead public events that reimagine ways in which to think about, interact with and relate to the earth. One of the underlying focuses of the research is on identifying the need for closer connection with and greater understanding of nature.
Current artistic research involves sound rhythms and trees. 'Significant Trees' involve recording data from trees, relating trees to movement, rhythms and frequencies. As part of these projects, I collect stories from the public, cast tree fruit in bronze and make works with bells tuned to different tree frequencies.
Membership of professional bodies
External Panels, Consultations and Committees
Government Planning Consultation on new design codes in the National Planning Policy Framework in relation to my work with inner city trees and the Woodland Trust 2021.
External Panel Validation Advisor/Consultant for the new MA Experimental Theatre Practice at Plymouth Marjon University 2021
External Panel Validation Advisor at Liverpool Hope University.
Member of the Steering Committee for Trampoline Platform for New Media Arts Symposium.
External Examining in association with The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
External Examiner at Southampton Solent University 2005-2010
External Examiner at Lincoln University 2016 - 2020
BA First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary Arts at Nottingham Trent University
MA Art (by registered Project) at Nottingham Trent University
2021 Council for Higher Education in Art and Design invited as a speaker at the Research Alliance Research Ecosystem Symposium
2020 Building A Mass Movement Of People For Woods And Trees - The Arboricultural Association.
2018 When The Future Comes – Symposium at Nottingham Contemporary
2018 Brain activity and mental workload associated with artistic practice. [Presentation/Paper] Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018) Artistic BCI Workshop, Montreal, 9 February
2017 Water Fountain Sculpture - Seminar at The Henry Moore Institute.
2016 Data floes: Polar science as catalyst for the arts - British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge.
2015 Performing Data, FACT, Liverpool – speaker
2005 3 International Conference on: Generated Systems in the Electronic Arts, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia- Speaker
2003 Seminar ‘Water, Culture, Community’ as part of the world water forum event - Kyoto, Japan – Speaker
2002 Seminar ‘Through flow-water and culture in changing contexts’ - Whitechapel Gallery, London 2002 – Speaker
Experience in industry
Research Projects / Artworks /Exhibitions
2020-2030 The Tree Charter Bell - An ongoing research project incorporating socially engaged practice and ceremonies involving a tower bell celebrating tree planting activities. In connection with the Woodland Trust, the project seeks to support their bid to create a mass movement for people woods and trees.
2018-2030 Significant Trees is a series of works that borrow techniques from engineers, aboriculturalists, computer and climate scientists to gather data from trees and reinvent new experiences for audiences through interactive sculptures.
2014-2025 Performing Data - An Arts Council Funded series of kinetic sculptures controlled by physical data and climate data. The works are developed in connection with scientists at The Mixed Reality Lab, The Scott Polar Institute and The Norwegian Polar Institute and explore the role of the participant as performer.
2014-2017 The Frequency of Trees is part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) Open Air collection, is an interactive sculpture that translates abstract sound and frequencies into engaging encounters that aim to shift the way humans think about how their bodies interact with the (nonhuman) environment.
2011-2013 Singing Pools is a kinetic sound sculpture developed as part of the Sonic Sculpture Park, Klankenbos at Musica, Neerpelt, Belgium. Floating vibrating pools are anchored in a lake. The presence of people sends waves across the water surface when they trigger sensors that activate the sculpture.
2012 Interactive Sound Fountains were developed further as part of a residency in the chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Possibilities for new approaches to direct audience interaction were investigated. E.g. audiences were able to explore the sight of the sound of their voice by speaking into a microphone. The sounds are processed and sent directly to the sound fountain where waves forms are made visible on the water surface.
2011 Interactive Sound Fountains at Nottingham Contemporary considered the movements of people triggering sensors around the gallery allowing them to send processed sound samples which created waves across the surface of water pools. There was a live performance where the sound of musician’s instruments were sent directly to the sound fountains, revealing the sight of sound.
Over a long career within the arts, I have been actively building international research/professional practice networks and collaborations. I have exhibited internationally in Japan, USA, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Canada and the Czech Republic.
I was invited as a Visiting Academic at The Centre for Electronic Media Art, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. I was commissioned by the University of Maastricht to install a public artwork in their new school of governance. I was invited and commissioned to make a sonic artwork for a sound art park in Belgium in 2012.
In 2019 as part of a research trip to Brisbane Australia, I worked with Queensland University of Technology researcher Alan Burdan, to collect Native Australian tree data.
Currently, I have connections with researchers at The Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, developing projects with links to climate data within Arctic regions.
In the media
2020 The Tree Charter Bell BBC Radio Nottingham interview
2020 The Tree Charter Bell NottsTV interview – regional news programme
2018 Fine Art Students Exhibition in the city – BBC Radio Derby interview
2015 Chancel Frequencies, The Guardian Review (National News) July
2012 Sound Fountains, The Guardian Review (National News) July
2011 Verity Cowley, BBC Radio Interview Broadcast 27 and 30 November
2007 De Limburger Dagblad Maastricht news – Press release November (Maastricht Hydrophonic Sound Fountain)
2005 Art Review International art –The Art of Sound Addition VolLV1 April
2005 The Age, Melbourne Press Review November (re Hydrophonics on-line)
2005 The Courier–Mail Australia Review October (re Hydrophonics on-line)
2005 Rob Glass, BBC TV News Feature 21 March (re Hydrophonics)
2003 Japanese Nat. Press March ( re – Breath)
2003 Kyoto Press, Japan March (re – World Water Conference)
Sound Emergency – Author – Caroline Locke. Spring Quarterly Feature Editor Rose Levinson. Published by Emerging Voices 2021. (Article)
The Frequency of Trees – Author – Caroline Locke with Introductory text by John Newling. Editor Sarah Coulson and Eleanor Leatham. Published by Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2020. (Book)
Brain activity and mental workload associated with artistic practice- Authors -Caroline Locke, Debra Swann, Max Wilson, Horia Maior. Published by Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018) Artistic BCI Workshop, Montreal. (Article)
Sound Fountains - Author - Caroline Locke with additional texts by Cathy Fawcett, Professor Johannes Birringer and Siobhan Carroll. Editor – Sarah Coulson. Published by Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2012. (Book)
D.I.Y: Hydrophonics – Chapter Author in Robert Daniels book, published by University of Chichester (2015). (Article)
Performing Data – Co-Author of paper submitted with Steve Benford, Rachel Jacobs, Paul Tennant and Brendan Walker for CHI2016 (Article)