Canadian performance artist and composer Erin Gee ( TIO’TIA:KE – MONTREAL) takes inspiration from her experience as a vocalist and applies it to poetic and sensorial technologies, likening the vibration of vocal folds to electricity and data across systems, or vibrations across matter. She is a multidisciplinary artist that combines music, art-science and performance art to explore emotion as technique or technology, blurring the lines between affect and reason. Inspired by the physiology of emotion, hypnotism, feminist theory, musicology, and the placebo effect, she is also a DIY expert in biofeedback, implicating the body of the listener into her cybernetic systems in place.
Through principles of emotional labor, emotional measurement, emotional performance, and emotional reproduction, she has made work in neural networks, composition for choir and acoustic instruments, ASMR, virtual reality, networked music performance, quantum-music, and robotics.
Gee’s work has been featured in solo concerts and exhibitions at MacKenzie Art Gallery (CA). Hamilton Artists’ Inc (CA), and Vancouver New Music (CA). Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at venues such as the Karachi Biennale (PK), MUTEK (AR/ES/CA), LEV Festival (ES), Darling Foundry (CA), Toronto Biennale (CA), NRW Forum (DE), and Ars Electronica (AT).
After earning an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University, Gee was hired as a limited-term Assistant Professor at Concordia University (2015-2017) teaching seminars in Sound Production, Gender and Technology Studies, and Sound Studies. She is currently a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar and doctoral student in Composition et Création Sonore at Université de Montréal, articulating feminist methods for composing through biofeedback music.
Her article “The BioSynth: an affective biofeedback device grounded in feminist thought” won the prize of best paper at New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference 2023.
Gee’s artistic research has been featured in neural.it, Scientific American blog, VICE, MusicWorks, and Canadian Art magazine. She has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, as well as support from the Conseil des Arts de Montreal, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. She is grateful for their continued support of the arts.