Betsey Biggs
Since 2005
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

BIO
Betsey Biggs is a composer and interdisciplinary artist whose work in music, sound, video and installation aims to expose the beautiful in the mundane, to actively engage the audience, and to transform the city into a creative interface through psychogeographic practice. The New Yorker writes that her work is "psychologically complex, exposing how we orient ourselves with our ears." Recent projects include a theatrical work with flutist and performer Margaret Lancaster, an outdoor mixer powered by people's shadows and a series of downloadable soundtracks meant for walkers to cinematically engage with their surroundings. Betsey received her Ph.D. at Princeton University, writing about public sound art, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University.
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EVENT

Sonic Fragments Festival of Sound Art


Dates:
Sat Mar 29, 2008 00:00 - Tue Mar 25, 2008

Location:
United States of America

Sonic Fragments: Narrative and Mediation in Sound Art
A two-day festival and symposium
March 28-29, 2008
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
http://sonicfragments.artdocuments.org

Free and open to the public

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Please join us as we host an international group of scholars and practitioners who are gathering to explore the roles of narrative and mediation in art practices that engage sound as a material. The symposium will consist of three panel discussions as well as an exhibition of audio-works for portable music players made expressly for the geography, architecture, and social spaces of the Princeton University campus.

The exhibition will begin the festival on the morning of Friday, March 28th. Thirty iPods and corresponding maps will be made available for check-out from the Mendel Music Library Circulation desk in the Woolworth Center for Musical Studies. After participants have had time to explore the audio-works, opening comments and a panel comprised of artists and musicians will start the symposium. The first panel will consist of musician and sound artist William Basinski, whose melancholy minimal electronic music has achieved critical acclaim; artist Jon Brumit, whose Neighborhood Public Radio project is featured in this year’s Whitney Biennial; multimedia artist Brenda Hutchinson, who will lead sunrise and sunset bell-ringings throughout the festival; as well as sound artist Michael J. Schumacher, founder of New York’s Diapason Gallery for Sound Art.

After more time Saturday to explore the site-specific audio-works, the second panel will take up the notion of narrative as it relates to sound practices. Kristin Oppenheim’s spare and hypnotic sound installations invoke layers of personal memory, while Stephen Vitiello’s work transforms incidental atmospheric noises into mesmerizing soundscapes that alter our perception of the surrounding environment. Mendi + Keith Obadike collaborate on interdisciplinary projects investigating race, history and identity, and Thomas Levin, a curator and cultural theorist, focuses on sound technologies and issues of surveillance in media practices.

The symposium’s third and final panel will address issues of mediation in sound art. Rubén Gallo will talk about Mexican sound artist Taniel Morales's Pirate Radio. Ed Osborn will present his kinetic and audible sound installations, while Camille Norment will discuss her artistic practice, which extends the fine arts into extra-disciplinary realms such as scientific research, city planning, and interaction design. Tianna Kennedy, program director of Brooklyn’s free103point9 transmission arts network and a participating artist in the festival, will discuss issues related to transmission, participatory practice and social sculpture.

Sonic Fragments is sponsored by the Princeton University Department of Music, The Peter B. Lewis Center for the Performing Arts, The Graduate School, The Sound Lab research group in the Department of Computer Science, The Aesthetics and Media Track in the Department of German, The Program in Media and Modernity, The Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

For more information, visit http://sonicfragments.artdocuments.org or email us at sonicfragments@gmail.com.


OPPORTUNITY

Call for Works: Sonic Fragments (Due 2/15)


Deadline:
Fri Feb 15, 2008 00:00

Location:
United States of America

SONIC FRAGMENTS: NARRATIVE AND MEDIATION IN SOUND ART
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
March 28-29, 2008
Deadline: February 15, 2008

We hear while we are in the womb, long before we see. For the rest of our lives, hearing essentially precedes the rest of the sensorium, as we move through a world of sonic fragments which affect us phenomenally and emotionally but of which we are often unaware. These fragments are mediated by our environment, our bodies, our individual and collective memories, and the technologies that pervade contemporary life: from books to radio to television to iPods. Through these mediations sounds give rise to stories, which though they might be as hazy as an aura, begin to narrate the world we move through as they themselves move through our bodies and minds.

Sonic Fragments is a sound art festival and symposium exploring how these mediations effect meaning in our lives, and how artists are actively engaging narrative and mediation in their work. We are hoping for a diverse and interdisciplinary dialogue between scholars and artists, between theory and practice.

Central to the festival will be the presentation of works written specifically for mobile mp3 players which engage the spaces, places, objects, and paths on or near the Princeton University campus. We are soliciting works of ten minutes or less. These works will be available on mp3 players at a kiosk throughout the festival, downloadable from the festival website, and may also be compiled onto a limited edition CD-R for later distribution.

Sound works may be created for any location on or near campus. We are hoping that people will engage Princeton’s weird nooks and crannies as well as its wonderful art collection, perhaps atop one of the many Neogothic towers, inside Henry Moore’s sculpture Oval with Points, or in front of Ellen Gallagher’s large-scale Blubber. We hope that each piece will exhibit a distinct relationship to its site. Existing works which are not site-specific will not be considered.

A few resources to help you find a site:

Most crucially, you must visit and just poke around.
New Jersey Transit (about 1 hr, 15 minutes from NYC)
http://www.njtransit.com

But to get a taste of what the campus is like…

Princeton University
http://www.princeton.edu

Wikipedia Entry on Princeton University
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princeton\_University

Campus Scenes
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pictures/#scenes

Flickr Photos of Princeton
http://flickr.com/search/?q=princeton

Orange Key Virtual Tour
https://www.princeton.edu/oktour/virtualtour/index.htm

Princeton University Art Museum
http://www.princetonartmuseum.org

Putnam Collection of Sculpture
https://www.princeton.edu/oktour/virtualtour/Hist10-OvalPoints

Princeton University: An Interactive Campus History
http://etcweb.princeton.edu/Campus

Please send an email containing the following to sonicfragments@gmail.com by February 15:

1. A short (200-word max) description of your project as it relates to the site
2. A short (100-word max) bio
3. The completed piece (10 minutes or under)
4. A photo or graphic which can be used as your ‘album art’ - we suggest a photo of the site.

Please use the sonicfragments@gmail.com address as it can accept large files.

Deadline: February 15, 2008

For more information, please contact Betsey Biggs at sonicfragments@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Betsey Biggs and Seth Cluett


DISCUSSION

ICMC 2006: Extended Deadlines


Please pardon cross postings and feel free to distribute this
announcement.

ICMC 2006: Extended Deadlines
Y'all are invited to submit your best, finest, or even craziest works
to the 2006 International Computer Music Conference to be held in New
Orleans, Louisiana, USA from November 6 - 11, 2006. To facilitate
the submission of your works we have extended the deadlines:

Music/Video/Installations: March 18 (Sat), 2006
Papers: March 11 (Sat), 2006

This conference is not only a historic collaboration between ICMA and
SEAMUS (Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the US) but is also a
conference that will help with the recovery of a city, its people,
and its culture.

We have also further updated performance resources which includes the
Ensemble Surplus from Germany, NextEns from Cincinnati, Cat 5 from
Mississipi, the infamous Convolution Brothers, dancers from the
Tulane Theater and Dance Department, our own Tulane Music Department
Musicians, Korean traditional instrumentalists from Seoul, and much
more.

During the conference we'll be giving away gifts and prizes (as well
as lots of beads!) made possible by generous donations by our
corporate sponsors such as Bias(numerous copies of Peak Pro XT),
Parallax (10 BS2 boards with on board bread-boards), Mixmeister (more
than $1000 worth of products), Maxim-IC (no not the magazine!),
Electrotrap ($800 worth of sensors for your HCI needs), empreintes
DIGITALes (special "ICMC" CD for all registered participants),
Soundhack (5 copies of spectral shapers), fxpansion (one of each
software type) and many more.

Please visit www.icmc2006.org for details on updates and conference
information. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Sincerely,
Tae Hong Park, ICMC 2006 Conference Chair

DISCUSSION

ICMC 2006: Extended Deadlines


I thought I had already posted this, but haven't seen it. Apologies
if you got it twice.

Please pardon cross postings and feel free to distribute this
announcement.

ICMC 2006: Extended Deadlines
Y'all are invited to submit your best, finest, or even craziest works
to the 2006 International Computer Music Conference to be held in New
Orleans, Louisiana, USA from November 6 - 11, 2006. To facilitate
the submission of your works we have extended the deadlines:

Music/Video/Installations: March 18 (Sat), 2006
Papers: March 11 (Sat), 2006

This conference is not only a historic collaboration between ICMA and
SEAMUS (Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the US) but is also a
conference that will help with the recovery of a city, its people,
and its culture.

We have also further updated performance resources which includes the
Ensemble Surplus from Germany, NextEns from Cincinnati, Cat 5 from
Mississipi, the infamous Convolution Brothers, dancers from the
Tulane Theater and Dance Department, our own Tulane Music Department
Musicians, Korean traditional instrumentalists from Seoul, and much
more.

During the conference we'll be giving away gifts and prizes (as well
as lots of beads!) made possible by generous donations by our
corporate sponsors such as Bias(numerous copies of Peak Pro XT),
Parallax (10 BS2 boards with on board bread-boards), Mixmeister (more
than $1000 worth of products), Maxim-IC (no not the magazine!),
Electrotrap ($800 worth of sensors for your HCI needs), empreintes
DIGITALes (special "ICMC" CD for all registered participants),
Soundhack (5 copies of spectral shapers), fxpansion (one of each
software type) and many more.

Please visit www.icmc2006.org for details on updates and conference
information. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Sincerely,
Tae Hong Park, ICMC 2006 Conference Chair

DISCUSSION

ICMC 2006: Extended Deadlines


Please pardon cross postings and feel free to distribute this
announcement.

ICMC 2006: Extended Deadlines
Y'all are invited to submit your best, finest, or even craziest works
to the 2006 International Computer Music Conference to be held in New
Orleans, Louisiana, USA from November 6 - 11, 2006. To facilitate
the submission of your works we have extended the deadlines:

Music/Video/Installations: March 18 (Sat), 2006
Papers: March 11 (Sat), 2006

This conference is not only a historic collaboration between ICMA and
SEAMUS (Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the US) but is also a
conference that will help with the recovery of a city, its people,
and its culture.

We have also further updated performance resources which includes the
Ensemble Surplus from Germany, NextEns from Cincinnati, Cat 5 from
Mississipi, the infamous Convolution Brothers, dancers from the
Tulane Theater and Dance Department, our own Tulane Music Department
Musicians, Korean traditional instrumentalists from Seoul, and much
more.

During the conference we'll be giving away gifts and prizes (as well
as lots of beads!) made possible by generous donations by our
corporate sponsors such as Bias(numerous copies of Peak Pro XT),
Parallax (10 BS2 boards with on board bread-boards), Mixmeister (more
than $1000 worth of products), Maxim-IC (no not the magazine!),
Electrotrap ($800 worth of sensors for your HCI needs), empreintes
DIGITALes (special "ICMC" CD for all registered participants),
Soundhack (5 copies of spectral shapers), fxpansion (one of each
software type) and many more.

Please visit www.icmc2006.org for details on updates and conference
information. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Sincerely,
Tae Hong Park, ICMC 2006 Conference Chair