Artist Statement

I am a sound artist, musician, tango dancer and computer scientist. I create works in which the physical act of creating sound is transformative, taking place in the intimate space between musician and instrument. People become dinosaurs by blowing into a hadrosaur skull, creating their own roar. Social dancers become musical ensembles.

In my experience, sound is entrenched in movement and vice versa. My research examines the subjective associations between sound and gesture, the energy and time relationships, which recent research suggests humans tend to perceive in similar ways. I also investigate and play with the ways musical response engenders or disrupts feelings of musical agency and intentionality during performance and musical participation.

My recent work engages with participatory music, that is, music as a social act. By creating sound or moving in a way that is essential to the musical and movement outcome, participants are contributing and engaging in an on-going tradition and community. The focus of musical and art activity is on social relation and internal experience. I am deeply involved in enriching and exploring trance, social flow states, and intersubjectivity in these contexts through musical interface. My work also upsets traditional power structures in these communities by shifting and changing previously static and established musical relationships and agencies, allowing critical social engagement.