Nichols developed Hangar Variations over the course of a 3-month artist residency at Hangar, Barcelona. During this research period she worked with musician Fabian Jendle to develop a process of channeling object sounds via attached contact microphones, which are synthesised using guitar pedals from drones to loopers and ambients.
Nichols and Jendle used contact microphones and guitar pedals to explore how the vibrations of the natural and industrial objects Nichols improvises with could create their own live soundtrack.
Using sand, torchlight and mirrors, amongst harder and softer materials and textures, Nichols created cinematic shadow-drawings that came alive on three large film screens, whilst simultaneously producing sonic trails which build, reverberate, dissipate and transform. Sculpture, moving (shadow) image and sound became a united, hybrid performance in process.
This collaborative process with Jendle resulted in an audio commission for the Sonic Art Research Journal, A Row of Trees, in 2021, and Projection Trails, a performance at CasCaDas gallery, Barcelona in 2022.