Artists Chris Helson and Sarah Jackets, make machines, sculptures, installations, choreography, films and technology, often working remotely exploring expanded or dislocated space, complex adaptive systems, emergence, causality and disorder.

They recently won awards from Scottish EDGE and New Media Scotland for their ground-breaking work developing help me obi, where they designed and built a machine that displays 3d video objects floating in space. In the past few months they have installed Liminal a large scale video artwork at Kendal Calling and Electric Fields festivals.

We have worked collaboratively for 15 years. We have technical skills in engineering and with IT, designing and coding websites, creating 3d models, CAD, image and motion graphic compositing and video editing.


Helson and Jackets - CV

Selected Projects

help me obi 2014 ongoing Video installation exhibited at Alt-w Edinburgh Art Festival, Kinetica London, Level 39 Canary Wharf London, and as part of Networked Politics, Venice Architecture Biennale, Corderie of the Arsenale.

Trolley Sept 2015 New Dance work performed at Dance Galloway’s Day of Dance in Stranraer with Sara Lockwood and Al Collins on Double Bass.

Onehead and 1+1=3 May 2015 Dance performance at The Birchvale Theatre Dalbeattie and The Lawn, Kilqhuanity School as part of It Figures curated by Sara Lockwood within Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Guarantee Against Loss Scheme.

The O Machine Oct 2013 Feb 2014 Artists in Residence culminating in a video installation. Commissioned by ground-UP.

Liminal May 2013 ongoing Installation video projection onto an 8 metre sphere DG Arts Festival Cardoness, Kendal Calling and Electric Fields.

Onehead Oct 2012 premiered at Scottish Ballet’s Find Your Feet at the Cochran Hall Kirkcudbright with Sara Lockwood and Al Collins on Double Bass.

Mossyard Dance Improvisations night and day Sept 2008 A series of dance improvisations through the landscape at Mossyard in Dumfries and Galloway. Supported by the Dance House.

Maxwell’s Demon Oct 2007 3D video and surround sound installation at the end of a year long Digital Arts Residency in the Glenkens during the building of the new arts centre, The Catstrand. SAC, Leader+

Paul’s Hill Wind Farm Sept 2007 A sound and video installation, music generated from laser anemometer data, accompanied by live musicians Al Collins on Double Bass and Ali Jeffery on Saw. Funded by Natural Power.

Eris July 2007 Video Installation commissioned by The Wickerman Festival.

Call to Prayer July 2007 Sound Installation a new piece of music for the Bagpipes commissioned by The Wickerman Festival.

Finding Space Sept 2005 -2007 Environmental Development at Dykebar Psychiatric Hospital Paisley. NHS Argyll and Clyde Funded.

FitzRoy to Finisterre Jun 2003 – Sep 2004 An artwork to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Met Office (National Weather Centre) Film / DVD. Met Office Commission.

Blood and Land Jan 2002 – Feb 2003 (Film / CD Rom / website) A public art work within the village of Fallin, Stirlingshire. Funded by SAC, SCC, SNH.

Chris Helson Selected Work

The Act March 2002 TV Swansong Live video web cast from Corihuayrachina, Peru. ACE, LAB, SAC, Gulbenkian Funded.

Scottish Parliament Residency July 2000 - June 2001 YOTA Award in partnership with The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

Master planning for Grizedale Arts Centre Redevelopment March - Nov 2001 RSA Art for Architecture Award.

Chris Helson Education

B. A. Honours 3D Design 1989-92 Manchester Metropolitan University

Engineering 1981- 1989, 4 year apprenticeship and working in gas turbine research and development.

Sarah Jackets Selected Work

Camerawork Nov 2001 with Director Go Nonaka, Japanese Documentary Film Maker

Freaks from the Sky: ‘The camera follows AMICI who fly down to a city in Europe. Daily life, back stage, performance.... AMICI blows new wind in the city and they go back to the sky. This is a basic idea of the film. We are living inside of modern civilization. But we are not aware that it is outside of nature.’ Go Nonaka, Landscape Productions, 2001.

Project management Amici Dance Theatre 2001 Company 4 night performance of 20/20 at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith London (Privately Funded). 3 night performance of 20/20 at the Academie der Kunste Berlin, Funded by German State.

20/20 Amici Dance Theatre Company Video Still - Go Nonaka

Dancer 2000 -2001 with Amici Dance Theatre Company performing at The Royal Festival Hall, The Lyric, London, Academie Der Kunste, Berlin

Apart From the Road October 2000 - July 2001 A year of the Artist project. A dance, poetry and film installation. Assistant to Director and Choreographer, Rosemary Lee.

Powys Dance, Wales, shadowing Community Dance Practitioners. April 2000

Sarah Jackets Education

Professional Diploma in Community Dance Studies 2000 The Laban Centre London.

Dance Foundation 1999 Tower Hamlets College of Adult Education St Mattias Centre, London.

B.A. Honours Fine Art (Painting and Printmaking) 1995 Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.