Meri Nikula (Finland)

Meri Nikula
Participant in
SoundLAB VI – sonic art project environments
soundPOOL – a challenge for imagination

SIP – SoundLAB Interview

Meri Nikula
voice, performance and visual artist born 1977 in Tornio, Finland

Meri has a varied background in the fields of music, theater, dance and visual arts. She has lived and studied in Finland, Iceland, Norway, Ghana, Japan and the Netherlands.

As a singer and a flutist she has performed classical music and jazz, Scandinavian, Brazilian and African music as well as improvised and noise music. She has been acting in musicals and as a member of experimental performance groups. She has been intensively involved with modern dancers in collaboration both as a musician and a mover.

Lately she has been working on a concept she calls ‘vocal mosaic’, where she makes collages of her voice in layers, using different vocal techniques, both live and pre-recorded. In her visual work she creates video installations, based on simple interaction, where her voice and body plays an important part. She is working on combining the different elements to create a specific environment for herself to perform as a vocalist, a mover and a visual artist combined.

In June 2007 Meri graduated from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the Interfaculty Image and Sound/ArtScience in The Hague, The Netherlands and is currently living in (and between) Kautokeino, Norway and Tokyo, Japan.