[-empyre-] Alan Sondheim bio and thanks

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Wed Jun 12 04:06:28 EST 2013



(In addition to the below, I have a new cd/vinyl combination coming out 
with ESP-Disk. There will be an upcoming film screening of my films in NY, 
and I have a residency/ exhibition at the Nova Scotia College of Art and 
Design in Halifax in the late fall. Finally, Sandy Baldwin and I are 
performing for the ELO conference coming up in Paris. I'm still scattered 
as ever, focusing on the darker side of the body and death in relation to 
the Net, social media, technology in general. I've become incrasingly 
concerned with biological extinctions as well. Apologies for the formality 
of the following, I love the idea of these bios - Alan)

Alan Sondheim was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; he lives with his 
partner, Azure Carter in Brooklyn NY. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from 
Brown University in English. A new-media artist, writer, and theorist, 
he has exhibited, performed and lectured widely.

Sondheim finished a successful residency at Eyebeam Art and Technology 
Center in New York in March 2012; while there, he performed with Foofwa 
d'Imobilite and Monika Weiss; created a series of sound pieces based on 
very low frequency radio and building vibrations; produced a number of 
'dead or wounded' models of avatars usings 3d printing technology; and 
worked on a series of texts dealing with issues of pain and its relation 
to the virtual. He continues to work on these themes, which he presented 
at SXSW Interactive 2013. This year, he spoke at HASTAC on animal and 
plant extinctions and similar themes at HASTAC and Subtle Tech.

Sondheim's writings include Writing Under (West Virginia University Press, 
2012) the anthology Being on Line: Net Subjectivity (Lusitania, 1996), 
Disorders of the Real (Station Hill, 1988), .echo (alt-X digital arts, 
2001), Vel (Blazevox 2004-5), Sophia (Writers Forum, 2004), Orders of the 
Real (Writers Forum, 2005), The Accidental Artist (Fort/Da), 
Azure/Nature/Digital (Blue Lion, 2009), The Wayward (Salt, 2004), and Deep 
Language (Salt, 2010) as well as numerous chapbooks, ebooks, and articles. 
Sondheim's videos and films have been shown internationally. He 
co-moderates several pioneering mail lists, including Cybermind, 
Cyberculture and Wryting; Jon Marshall published a book-length ethnography 
of the first.

Since January, 1994, Sondheim worked on the "Internet Text," a continuous 
meditation on philosophy, psychology, language, body, and virtuality. The 
Text is coordinated with multi-media work on various websites. In 1999, 
Sondheim was the 2nd Virtual Writer in Residence for the Trace online 
writing community (Nottingham-Trent University, England). In 2008, 
Sondheim had a solo installation and nine-month residency at the Odyssey 
exhibition space in the virtual world Second Life; he currently works in 
the Odyssey sim. He recently completed a Second Life residency through 
Humlab, University of Umea, in Sweden; this was accompanied by a gallery 
installation at the university. He has performed for LowLives and the 
Virtual Futures conference (both 2011). Sondheim has worked on augmented 
reality pieces with Mark Skwarek; he continues to work with motion capture 
files created at Columbia College, Chicago; and has been creating complex 
performances in both OpenSim and Second Life.

In 2004,Sondheim had a five-week residency at the Center for Literary 
Computing and the Virtual Environments Laboratory, under the directions of 
Sandy Baldwin and Frances Van Scoy, both at West Virginia University; in 
2007 he was a six-week resident of the same. In 2005 he was resident 
artist/writer at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. He produced two 
cds at the latter (his older recordings have been reissued by ESP-Disk and 
Fire Museum). Two new cds and a vinyl record have since appeared with 
FireMuseum, a record with Qbico, and another cd with Myk Friedman for 
Porter Records. Sondheim has played live in numerous venues around New 
York and Philadelphia, both solo and with others. His instruments include 
oud, saz, pipa, guitar, cura cumbus, violin, viola, sarangi, ghichak, 
suroz, flute, and chromatic harmonica. In 2008 he was on an eight-month 
National Science Foundation (NSF) consultancy at WVU. His research is in 
the art and aesthetics of codework, body and behavioral modeling, virtual 
environments, and avatars in general. In 2007, Sondheim was also the 
recipient of a New Media New York State Council of the Arts grant.

In 2001, Sondheim assembled a special issue of the American Book Review on 
Codework, which was seminal in its genre; along with Mez and Sandy 
Baldwin, he co-edited an online issue of Leonardo. Codework was the 
subject of a major workshop at WVU in April, 2008. In 1999-2000, Sondheim 
was second virtual-artist-in-residence in the Trace online writing 
program. Sondheim has taught at a number of schools, including UCLA, RISD, 
NSCAD, Brown, and SVA. From 1994-2012, Sondheim worked with the Swiss 
dancer/ choreographer Foofwa d'Imobilite; their work premiered across 
Europe and the U.S. Sondheim's own laptop performances have been widely 
seen; most recently he has been involved in online avatar performance with 
Sandy Baldwin for live audiences in Paris, London, Basel, Portland OR, 
Providence RI, and elsewhere. In January, 2010, Sondheim, along with 
Foofwa d'Imobilite and Azure Carter, opened the season for Dance New 
Amsterdam in Manhattan; in 2010, he performed as part of a series at Mt. 
Tremper in upstate New York. Sondheim and d'Imobilite have worked on a 
series of dance/performance DVDs, including Aletsch, and three disks of 
performances in the Alps.

In 2006 Sondheim had a large exhibition at Track 16 Gallery in Los 
Angeles. There have been other installations at the Grand Central Art 
Center, West Virginia University, and Arena/Uqbar and OCAD, the last two 
in Second Life.

Sondheim's digital work is archived at Cornell; his tapes and other 
materials are archived at NYU's Fales Collection, Bobst Library; and much 
of his curatorial and written work is archived at Ohio State University's 
Avant Writing Collection in Columbus.

Relevant URLS:

Eyebeam blog from the residency begins at:
  http://eyebeam.org/blogs/alansondheim?page=24
email archive http://sondheim.rupamsunyata.org/
web http://www.alansondheim.org/ 
music: http://www.espdisk.com/alansondheim/ or
http://lounge.espdisk.com/

Alan Sondheim
432 Dean Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11217
USA

Phone: 347-383-8552
Email: sondheim at panix.com , sondheim at gmail.com


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