Nick Heer

A Moment Ago in the Future

Televisions, cameras, live and prerecorded video.

As “r.p.m.”, with Teresa Tam. Photos courtesy Aran Wilkinson-Blanc, Sled Island, and Untitled Art Society.

In recognition of the ongoing dismal state of news media post-Max Headroom, an equivalent number of televisions and video cameras are connected in a loop, “seeded” by a 24/7 cable news broadcast and occasionally interrupted by video of Mr. Headroom himself. A meditation on the inability for an individual to escape from the loop of their own opinions and that of others, or more strongly, that of the few news media reports and constant feed of information.

Created for Sled Island 2015 and presented at Untitled Art Society. Dubbed a “must see” of the week by Canadian Art magazine.

Documentation of a Performance, Both Aspects of Which are Simultaneously Genuine and Fabricated

Metal plate, multichannel audio.

If the only evidence of a performance is its documentation, is it possible to ascertain that it ever took place? This work investigates that question through the creation of simulated documentation of a large, public performance.


Mini DV cameras, televisions.

Four video cameras and four televisions are arranged in a sequence, with each camera facing the television in front of it, but plugged into the one behind it. The final camera is plugged into the first television to complete the loop. Owing to varying signal quality and other phenomena inherent to older technology, a recursive feedback loop is created through no greater means.


Curated group show.

Gestures investigates the environment of the performance: specifically, the entwined roles of performer and viewer. In some pieces, they are separate; in others, they are the same. These pieces invite the viewers to perform in a public space, allowing each work to unfold and complete itself through engagement and experience.

Gestures featured works from six artists: Amber Barker, Manuel Ermecheo, Mathew Lindenberg, Jack Michielsen, Yules Wai, and Michael Wylegly. The reception also featured the first Calgary Babalööse poetry event, as organized by Georgie Barlow.

Gestures was installed in Gallery 371 in Calgary, from March 2–8 2014.


Thermal printer, shell script, Twitter API 1.0.

A script looks for public tweets revealing confessions that would typically be made in private. It prints several every minute, at even intervals, onto a seemingly never-ending ribbon. Viewers can read through the confessions that have been printed as they accumulate in a pile.


Large-scale projection, live video feeds.

Publicly-available live video feeds from several hundred private and semi-private locations are presented interchangeably with no additional commentary in a large-format projection.


Projected video loop, multichannel audio.

Old public information films advising young men and women how to date, behave, and cope with adolescence are juxtaposed with sequences from the beginning of pornographic films featuring domestic plot lines. The audio is a soundscape of layered domestic-oriented sounds.