With a background in both marine biology and scientific illustration, Alyce Santoro has been exploring the intersection of art and science for over twenty years. Widely known as the inventor of Sonic Fabric — an audible textile composed of recorded audiotape — Santoro’s interdisciplinary projects weave together philosophy and physics with ecology and social activism in quirky and provocative ways.

Santoro came to Far West Texas from Brooklyn, NY in 2006 to develop holistic modes of investigation and to experiment with socially and ecologically sustainable means to work and live. A 1970’s school bus converted into a solar powered studio, a greenhouse, rainwater harvesting systems, and the extensive use of recycled and found materials as building and art supplies have been integral parts of her research.

Drawing on the Grand Unification Theory in quantum physics, techniques used in biodynamic agriculture and permaculture, Joseph Beuys’ concept of “Social Sculpture”, the WWII maxim “Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without,” and Buckminster Fuller’s idea that “To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete,” Santoro proposes a hybrid approach to current social and environmental challenges that invites participation and collaboration from her audiences. “The Synergetic Omni-Solution” consists of lectures, demonstrations, performances, multimedia installations, and booklets and posters to be presented in Marfa throughout Texas Biennial weekend (April 29 - May 2, 2011).

Santoro holds a BS in Marine Biology from Southampton College in Southhampton, New York, and a Graduate Certificate in Scientific Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work is exhibited internationally in venues ranging from the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museu d'Art Contemporani in Barcelona, Spain, and the Gwangju Design Biennale. More information can be found at
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fabric woven from custom-recorded cassette tape

Tue Aug 30, 2011 23:55

From now until August 30th conceptual/sound artist Alyce Santoro is accepting commissions from musicians, designers, architects, collectors –anyone interested in collaborating to produce a personalized, custom-recorded edition of sonic fabric, a versatile, durable, audible (!) textile woven from audiocassette tape. The fabric can be used in a wide range of applications, from fashion and product design (album covers, book covers, etc) to interior applications. Alyce’s works made from sonic fabric are exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including such venues as the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, the Gwangju Design Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Alyce will weave 20 yard custom-recorded editions of Sonic Fabric in exchange for tax-deductable contributions through non-profit crowdsourcing platform United States Artists. All funds generated will go towards a site-specific piece she has been invited to create for the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostella Spain this December. For more information, please visit Alyce’s USA Project page at