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Nic Sandiland - Senior Lecturer BA Fine Art

Nic Sandiland

Senior Lecturer & Module Leader


Nic Sandiland is a UK based artist whose work explores new choreographic forms through installation, performance and film. He originally trained as an electronics engineer before studying dance and performance in the late 80s.

Over the past 20 years he has made movement-based works focusing on simple pedestrian choreography. He is particularly interested in engaging the everyday movements of the viewer in a choreographic context and since 2000 has increasingly employed interactive digital technology to do this. Recent work has drawn on cinematic techniques, such as slow motion and moving camera mechanisms as ways to elevate the mundane and often overlooked choreography of everyday life.

He has made work in London, Europe and South East Asia and has presented at theatres, art galleries, and many unusual venues. His film work has been shown worldwide and has been regularly broadcast on UK TV (Channel 4).
His work has been commissioned by such organisations as: the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Arts Centre, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Artsdepot and he is a regular collaborator with choreographers Yael Flexer and Rosemary Lee. He has also worked as an interactive technology designer with companies such as Station House Opera and artists Gary Stevens and Imogen Stidworthy.

Nic has taught workshops on digital technology and dance around the World including: Bangalore, India and Seoul, South Korea. He also taught video production for 10 years at London Contemporary Dance School (MA dance for camera).

Recent work


Trip Hazard a reactive video installation drawing from slapstick genre of 1920s silent films Supported by The BBC and The Arts Council England
2014  Cinedans, Amsterdam
2013  The Place Theatre London
2013  University of Bedford
2013  The Dome, Brighton

Points of View a reactive video installation progressing the experimental spirit of John Cage and Merce Cunningham. Commissioned by The Barbican Arts centre and The Cunningham Company
2011  Barbican Centre, London

Everything Looks Beautiful in Slow Motion a window-based interactive installation set in the context of a shopping centre or high street shopping area. Commissioned by Dance Digital and funded by Arts Council England
2013  City Moves, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen#
2011  Brighton Festival, East Sussex
2010  Dance Digital, Chelmsford
2010  Fuse Festival, Strood, Kent
2006  Sadlers Well's Theatre (smaller format, non-window installation)

Gravity Shift a video installation looking at how we might read gravity through witnessing another body
2013  The Place Theatre, London
2013  Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds
2012  British Dance Edition, Stratford, London
2011  The Lightbox Gallery, Woking
2011  Cinedans Festival, Amsterdam
2011  Digital Futures in Dance commission, Bournemouth
2010  DRHA conference Brunel University
2010  Otter Gallery, University of Chichester

Bypasser a window-based interactive installation set in the context of a shopping centre or high street shopping area. Commissioned by Dance Digital and funded by Arts Council England.
2010  Chelmsford, Essex.
2010  Stone Squid Gallery, Hastings.

Orbital a reactive video installation relating the movements of a projected dancer and depicted background to the movement of the public around the projection. Commissioned by Woking Dance Festival and funded by Arts Council England
2013  City Moves, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
2012  Somatics& Technology Conference, Chichester University
2012  British Dance Edition, Stratford, London
2011  The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn
2010  Oxford City Gallery, Oxford
2010  The Lightbox, Woking
2010  The Place Theatre, London
2010  Stone Squid Gallery, Hastings

SPDT, interactive work
2010  Stone Squid Gallery, Hastings.

Heat Exchanger an installation focusing on the viewer's stillness as an active engagement.
2010  Stone Squid Gallery, Hastings.

Dimmer, reactive installation
2010  Stone Squid Gallery, Hastings

Remote Dancing an interactive installation, collaboration with choreographer Rosemary Lee and composer Graeme Miller. Funded by Arts Council England under the Capture 3 commissions
2009  Noorderzon festival Groningen, Netherlands
2007  New Moves festival Roubaix, France
2007  Aberystwyth Arts Centre Wales
2006  Centre National de la Dance Paris
2006  Quay gallery Isle of Wight
2005  Bunker arts Slovenia
2005  Nott Dance Nottingham
2005  Spring Dance Festival Utrech
2004  Royal Festival Hall, London
2004  Metropole Galleries, Folkstone
2004  Lyric Hammersmith, London
2004  ICA, London


Dancing Parallel commissioned by English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet and National Dance Theatre Wales
2012  Theatre Royal, Glasgow
2012  Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
2012  Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London

Exosphere, Nic Sandiland/Simon Aeppli
2012  ReelDance Moving Image Collection (MIC) housed at the University of New South Wales, Sydney
2003  Shadowline Salerno Film Festival, Italy
2002  Dance on Camera, New York
2002  Dance on Screen, The Place Theatre, London

Terra Firma, Nic Sandiland/Simon Aeppli supported by the Arts Council
2002  IMZ, Monaco.
2002  The Place Theatre, London

If Only I Could See the World Through Your Eyes
2002  Broadcast 4Dance season on Channel 4
2001  Woking Dance Umbrella
2001  Streamed on the Arts Council Website
2000  Bodyworks Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2000  The German Dance Arc hive, Cologne, Germany
2002  Dance on Screen, The Place Theatre, London


Hypermarket, Arts Council England Funded:
2005  Winchester University
2004  University College Chichester
2004  The Place Theatre, London

Frozen Progress funded by London Arts
2001  Royal Geographical Society, London.

Essex commissioned by Jackson’s Lane Theatre
2000 The Place Theatre, London (Spring Loaded season)
1999 Chisenhale Dance Space, London
1999 University College Chichester
1999 Brighton University
1999 Jackson’s Lane Theatre, London

Big Satellite Days  Arts Council and London Arts Board Funded:
1998  Now ’98 Festival, Nottingham
1998 The Royal Institution, Piccadilly, London
1997 Jackson’s Lane Theatre, London

About the Weather London Arts Board funded:
1996 The Place Theatre, London
1996 Jackson's Lane Theatre, London
1995 Chisenhale Dance Space, London
1995 Morley College, London

Conference papers and presentations:

Modulation in Interactive Installation
2013  Affective Experiences conference at Parasol Unit, London produced between City University, Middlesex University, UCL and Kings College London
2013  Corporeal Computing conference at University of Surrey

Modulation of Movement and Composite Choreography
2011  Digital Futures in Dance Conference, Bournemouth

Victorian film mechanisms and Physical Interaction
2009 Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Tel Aviv University.

Nic Sandilandís research in the University Repository