Biography

Erin Gee is an artist and composer based in Montreal, Canada, whose artworks emphasize sensuality, affect, haptics, communication, and presence in sonic and digital architectures. Inspired by the human voice as a conceptual object, she likens the vibration of vocal folds to electricity and data across systems, or vibrations across matter. Using her own physiological sensors to promote “embodied algorithmicity,” she is a DIY expert in affective biofeedback, implicating the body of the listener as part of her cybernetic systems in place. Her work in choral composition, networked performance, ASMR, virtual reality, AI, and robotics has been shown internationally at venues such as LEV Festival Matadero, MUTEK, Darling Foundry (Montreal), Toronto Biennale, Elektra Festival, FILE festival, Ars Electronica, NRW Forum (Düsseldorf), MediaLive Festival (Boulder USA), and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

 

Currently Gee is a doctoral student in the Composition et création sonore program in the faculty of music at Université de Montreal, where she is articulating feminist materialist compositional methods in biofeedback music. She is also  currently artist in residence at L’institut Quantique, Université de Sherbrooke in partnership with Sporobole artist run center 2021-2023.

 

Gee’s research in physiological markers of emotion has been noted by esse art contemporain, Scientific American, VICE, MusicWorks, Canadian Art magazine.

 

Gee 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.

 

Gee’s work can be found in public and private collections. She is represented by Perte de Signal (Montreal) and RadianceVR (Berlin).

Notes on my Practice

I am an artist who explores technological cultures through the metaphor of human voices in electronic bodies, and electronic voices in human bodies.

 

Through my practice in sound, new media, and music composition I articulate the materials of the human body and voice through interactive and emergent technologies such as VR, robotics, children’s choir, ASMR vocalizations, and affective biosensors.

 

I feel kinship with technological materialities of new media as extended bodies, in the same ways that I intimately understand the materiality and processes that undergo vocalization and singing. Our voices allow us to be greater than ourselves, and to exist in spaces between our physical body/ies through sympathetic vibration. Inspired by these technologies of voice, vibration and language, I create alternative technologies for the human body to inhabit in order to both understand our current human-technological entanglement, and also to enact speculative imaginings for embodied and sensory-emotional knowledge. I use media art to embrace the intimate uncanny of disembodied and extended voices, exploring technological materiality in surprising ways that are sometimes delightful, sometimes cynical, never insincere.

 

As originally posited by Donna Haraway in her 1989 Cyborg Manifesto, the political possibility in the cyborg lay not in a comfortable technological fetishization of technology, which reifies systems of normative power, but through a critical rejection of the origin of the human. Historically, which bodies are deemed as fully, partially or ambiguously human has been an expression of shifting politics and agencies more than biological fact—women, people of color, and those deemed atypical in neurological functioning or physical capability have all suffered historically under categories of the “human” and “humane”. In light of these historical factors, my exploration of technology enacts a feminist perversion of human narcissism in machinic coupling, wherein I use sonic structures as a playground for proposing systems where anti-oppressive values embodiment, intimacy, listening, and empathy over values of consciousness, rationality, intelligence, and power.

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