Tara Rodgers: Patterns of Movement: Data and Sound Works

TARA RODGERS

 Patterns of Movement: Data and Sound Works, 2005-12

July 23 – August 24, 2012

Closing reception, Friday, August 24, 5-8PM 

Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland

Since 2005, Tara Rodgers has worked with the open-source programming language SuperCollider        (www.audiosynth.com) to explore relationships among data, sounds, subjective experiences, and large-scale patterns of living systems. She also works with translations between sound, photography, and video, where the parameters of one medium shape those of another. This exhibition collects a series of sound and intermedia projects created over the last seven years with similar methods and themes. Many of these pieces employ data sonification techniques (conversions of data from diverse sources into sound) and generative compositional structures (open-ended in form and/or duration). In representations of landscapes, weather events, and migration flows, Rodgers uses digital sounds metaphorically and poetically: to blur distinctions between what is heard as natural or artificial, and to reference the dynamism and ephemerality of environments and forms of life.

        

TARA RODGERS is a composer, sound artist, and scholar. She holds an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College and a PhD in Communication Studies from McGill University. For over a decade she has presented music, sound art, and feminist writing in contexts as varied as the Tate Modern, the Le Tigre Remix 12″, and numerous academic forums and performance venues. In 2010, she published a collection of interviews, Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound(Duke University Press), which documents the creative practices of 24 women who are DJs, electronic musicians, and sound artists; it received the 2011 Pauline Alderman Book Award from the International Alliance for Women in Music. Rodgers is currently an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies, a Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Digital Cultures & Creativity, and an Affiliate Faculty of American Studies and Musicology & Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland. She also coordinates the Women’s Studies Multimedia Studio at UMD and serves on the editorial board of Leonardo Music Journal. For more information, visit: www.pinknoises.com

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