• Rock Bands at HAVN

    Rock Bands at HAVN

    I’m happy to invite you to Rock Bands, an exhibit featuring a new series of wide format images. Opening: Friday, November 11th, 7pm – 11pm HAVN (Hamilton Audio/Visual Node) 26 Barton St. East Hamilton ON. www.havnode.com Closing Event and Performance: Saturday, November 26th, 7pm – 9pm With these “ribbons of stone”, Harold unpacks the poetry…


  • A Compendium of Books

    A Compendium of Books

    The written word makes it possible to understand more deeply who you are and where you fit in the world. There are, of course, other means. We can also learn about ourselves and each other by telling stories around a campfire. But in books we encounter those stories in a sustained flow. I think about…


  • Sing, Pan, Code: Enhancing Audience Engagement Through Choral, Algorithmic, and Photographic Crossings

    Sing, Pan, Code: Enhancing Audience Engagement Through Choral, Algorithmic, and Photographic Crossings

    In 2016, I completed a major research project towards the completion of my MA in Communications and New Media. I presented the project at a Symposium, held at the McMaster University Club in August of 2016. I also presented the artistic portions of the project at several Hamilton venues.   Major Research Project Sing, Pan,…


  • A Strange Bird

    A Strange Bird

    This post is dedicated to my Mother, Coby Sikkema. Thanks mom! My parents recently returned from a trip to Europe. Dad brought back photos of cathedrals and monuments, along with stories of his Reformation heroes. Mom brought back pictures of alpine wildflowers, and souvenirs of her childhood home near Dalfsen. Mom’s parents (my grandparents) recently…


  • PeaceWeave


    PeaceWeave is a collaboration with art students from McMaster’s ART 2PG3: Contemporary Approaches to Painting. It was installed in July 2016 outside the President’s Office in Gilmour Hall at McMaster University. The most delightful thing about these aluminum prints is that they are a collective effort. By working together, we more meaningfully reflect what Mahatma Gandhi (whose…


  • Salon Jacques 17

    Salon Jacques 17

    On Sunday, July 17, 2016, I presented my work at Salon Jacques, an artist gathering hosted by Fleur Ange Lamothe and Dean Gugler at their farm property in Brantford. It was the 17th in a series of Salons, in the memory of Jacques, Fleur Ange’s late relative, whose name also forms an acronym: “Just Ask…


  • Blogging at BARC

    Blogging at BARC

    I’m grateful, this July, to have been offered a guest-writer opportunity on the Bay Area Restoration Council blog. I was introduced to BARC by Steve Watts, who I met at Factory Media Centre back in May. The singing turtles of that moment warrant their own post (about which more will follow). But for the moment,…


  • Sedimentary: Performing at LIVELab

    Sedimentary: Performing at LIVELab

    NOTE: This post is adapted from a paper that I submitted towards the completion my Master of Arts degree in August of 2016. Sedimentary is a live-coding performance which I debuted at McMaster’s LIVELab alongside the Cybernetic Orchestra during the April 7th 2016 edition of the LIVELab’s Series 10dB. I also performed it at the…


  • Port Rates: Encountering the Face

    Port Rates: Encountering the Face

    The face is, in and of itself, visitation and transcendence. —Emmanuel Levinas For whom do the ethics of encounter count? If I take your picture, do you give it? When I face you, do I efface you? Do you design interfaces? What do I “take” in the moment of exposure? Whom do I “capture”? What…