DIGITAL ARTIST, EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN, DATA FETISHIST, PROGRAMMER, DIGITAL PERFORMER, XENOFEMINIST
I am a musician, instruments builder, digital artist, and programmer for performances. I joined Bournemouth University in 2013 and I have a background in computer science (MA Computer Science, Bologna) and Nanotechnology (PhD). I worked at ICCMR Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research, (University of Plymouth 2009-2010) completing a fruitful postdoctoral position with publications (ICMC International Computer Music Conference 2011, Mit Press Journal, Leonardo 2013) and performances (Lepton Photon Conference, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory - San Francisco 2013, Columbia University - New York City 2011). In 2013 I worked as research associate in multimedia programming for an AHRC-funded project (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. A result of this collaboration is an installation titled “talk to me” that was exhibited at the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (Marseille 2013), EMUfest (Rome 2013) and “distanze” Community Festival of Sound Arts (various location 2014). My recent work consists of My outputs consist in digital body-performances, digital audio/video installations, acousmatic compositions, and digital environments. Beneath the umbrella of “sensing data” all my projects seek to connect the multiple sensory registers in which we can think about ecology: The relationships between humans and the environment can be conceived of on scales ranging from the intimate to the global. Data, treated as artistic “raw material”, provides evidence of bodies (and communities) adapting through culture and technology to a changing natural and post-industrial environment. For example, the interactive installation Keen-Skin (2015) uses brainwave sensors to convert participants’ sensations of touch into a rich, enveloping sound environment. The touching, whether holding hands or hugging, directly affects the sound environment within the installation. On a different scale, HyperDrone (2015) is a sounding sculpture that generates acoustic waves taken from the data supplied by Blacknest (Reading, UK) which monitors nuclear-scale explosions on behalf of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO). This was an “Office of experiment” commission, featured in exhibitions including “Sites of Excavation and Construction” (Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Nov 2015) and “9 Events” (Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Arts, March 2016).