The visual artist Alison and the musician, sound artist and composer Boyd collaborate on installation projects that explore the interconnections of people and the rest of nature. Alison completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of New South Wales in 2004 and Boyd graduated at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Diploma of Jazz Studies in 1987. Their work brings a curiosity for science into relationship with material and sound in a poetic synthesis – using original soundtrack recorded or performed live, materials both natural and technological, sometimes including photography and drawing. Their often visitor-interactive and solar-powered installations are made with a concern for their climate impact and include a carbon audit and offset as an integral part of the work.
Alison and Boyd used a small movement sensor camera which records sounds as well as image. They were able to capture the private, generally unseen moments of the bird life visiting the water troughs. They took photographs and sound recordings in the field and began sculptural pieces of protective structures for various abandoned bird nests found on Bimblebox. All of this data has become the raw material for developing art work.