Erin Gee is a Canadian media artist who draws upon the practice of singing as inspiration for new media creation, exploring human voices in electronic bodies. Working experimentally across music performance, choral composition, virtual reality, robotics, and interactive art, Gee’s practice is distinguished by her conceptually driven approach, inspired by feminist materialism. Gee’s work has been exhibited and performed at venues such as Ars Electronica, Linz (2018), NRW Forum, Düsseldorf (2018), Trinity Square Video, Toronto (2017), MediaLive Festival at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, USA (2017), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2015), Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (2015), and Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal (2012). Gee was Assistant Professor in the department of Communication Studies at Concordia University (Montreal) from 2015-2017, teaching full time in areas of sound production, gender and technology, and sound studies.
Since 2012, Gee has developed open-source tools for human biodata collection of her own design, using simple electronics to collect information relative to skin conductivity, respiration, and blood flow. Relative to this work, she was an invited research associate at the University of Maine, USA (2018) in the department of chemical and biomedical engineering. In the same year Gee was an invited resident at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) Graz, AT where she developed processes for “embodied algorithmicity” in music. In regards to this thread of her artistic practice, Gee likens the microrhythms of embodied emotional data to the rhythms of a vibrating vocal fold, speaking to the hidden or obscured material and technical processes that enables human communication.
Gee’s research in physiological markers of emotion has been noted by Scientific American, VICE, MusicWorks, Canadian Art magazine, and the National Post, among others. Images and analysis of her work are also included in Jennifer Rhee’s book The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labor (University of Minnesota Press, 2018).
Gee has published academic work in Leonardo Music (2013) as well as eContact! Journal of Canadian electroacoustic community (2010). Gee is also the creator of futurefemmes, an online blog archived by Cornell University featuring interviews, showcased work and links to relevant articles on the topic of women working in technological culture.
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.