09.11.03 - 09.13.03


The Goldsen Virtual Seminar opens a three day Cornell event, "Sound Cultures: An International Workshop of Art and Theory," Cornell University, September 11-13, 2003 as a joint inaugural project of The Comparative Literature Theory Project and The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library. Organized by the Archive's Curator, Professor Timothy Murray of Comparative Literature and English, the workshop introduces its Cornell audience to influential international artists and theorists who dwell on the cultural impact of sound in an electronic and digital age. Participants will consider sound's importance in the era of visual studies, the cultural and ethnic specificity of sound fields and rhythms, the gender import of voice and spoken narrative, and the history and politics of electronic experimentations in sound.

The Workshop opens on Thursday evening with the first Goldsen Archive Virtual Seminar, an on-line seminar between speakers at the Cornell Workshop and sound artists in Sydney Australia brought together by Norie Neumark, a former Fellow of The Society for the Humanities who is Professor of New Media at the University of Technology, Sydney. In a session closed to the public due to technical limitations, the Sydney artists present and discuss their work via videostreaming with participants in Ithaca. This seminar is supported by an Innovation in Teaching with New Technology Grant awarded to Buzz Spector of the Art Department, Murray, and Thomas Hickerson of Cornell Library. Significant support from Sydney comes from University of Technology, Sydney. This seminar will be videotaped and archived for access by Cornell users of the Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, recently established in the Kroch Library to become North America's premier collection of artwork on CD-Rom, DVD, and the internet.


The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art in the Cornell University Library serves as a research center and repository of new media art, with emphasis on digital interfaces and experimentation by international, independent artists. Named after the pioneering critic of the commercialization of mass media, the late Professor Rose Goldsen of Cornell University, the Archive houses international art works produced on CD-Rom, DVD-Rom, digital video, and the internet, as well as supporting materials, such as unpublished manuscripts, catalogues, and resource guides to new media art. The Archive highlights multimedia artworks that reflect digital extensions of twentieth-century developments in cinema, video, installation, photography, and sound. The aim of the Goldsen Archive is to provide researchers, faculty, and students with a better understanding of the transformation wrought on the artistic process by multimedia and digital experimentation and development.

Given its commitment to expanding the horizons of traditional pedagogy, the Goldsen Archive hosts a variety of workshops and seminars to enhance understanding of the intersections between art, science, and technology. Along with CTHEORY Multimedia and the Rose Goldsen Lecture Series, the Archive co-hosted an art and theory workshop on "Digital Terror" in Fall 2002. Planned for Fall 2003 is a workshop on "Sound Cultures" in collaboration with The Society for the Humanities, French Studies, and the Departments of Art and Music.

Given its commitment to expanding the horizons of traditional pedagogy, the Goldsen Archive hosts a variety of workshops and seminars to enhance understanding of the intersections between art, science, and technology. The "Rose Goldsen Virtual Seminars in New Media Art" join Cornell researchers with specialists from international new media centers via internet videostreaming. The aim of these seminars is to broaden interdiscplinary discussion of innovations in new media art while providing a virtual face to face, international platform for conceptual dialogue and analysis.

Goldsen Seminars are video archived for future consultation by users of the Goldsen Archives.



Norie is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Media Arts, Communication and Information, University of Technology, Sydney; Fellow of The Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, 1999-2000.

Norie is a sound/radio and new media artist whose radiophonic works have been commissioned and broadcast by the Listening Room, ABC Classic FM. Her new media work, the multi award winning CD ROM, Shock in the Ear, was funded by the New Media Arts Fund of the Australia Council and by the Australian Film Commission, and has been exhibited in festivals, competitions and galleries in Australia and internationally. Norie’s new media installations have been exhibited in Australia, Germany and the U.S. Her published works include articles in Essays in Sound, Leonardo and Media Information Australia, and books, such as Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language. She is currently co-editing At a Distance: precursors to internet art and activism (forthcoming, MIT Press) In 2002, with her out-of-sync collaborator, Maria Miranda, she was invited to join, as rumorologists (aka, Professore Rumore and Doktor Rumour) and to perform at the opening.


Ian Andrews, born 1961 (Australia) is a Sydney based independent film, video and sound artist who has been practicing since 1981. He studied electronics TAFE in order to achieve the knowledge and skills to build his own electronic instruments and video equipment, and studied film and sound at the University of Technology Sydney. He has written several essays on sound which were published in periodicals such as NMA and Essays in Sound.

His latest work consists of a series of online generative sound pieces, video/sound installation works, and a series of experimental music CDs. Andrews has exhibited his works in various international film and media art festivals. He has spoken about and presented his work at various conferences, both nationally and internationally. In June 2001 he presented a retrospective of his work, from 1983 to 2000, as part of the Sydney Film Festival.


In 1983 Jim studied in Tokyo with shakuhachi master Yamaguchi Goro. Improvisation, with its emphasis on spontaneity, site-specific work and collaboration has been central to his work. He sees no clear distinctions between his roles as instrumentalist, improviser and composer. R a d i o Collaborations, his radio feature for the Australian Broadcasting Company won the Prix Italia in 1989. His interest in radio has continued with the ABC over the last 14 years. For the last year he has been a regular contributor to the Belgium improvised radio show on FM Brussels Van Aangezicht tot Aangezicht. They have just completed a series of programs for radio Klara this year.

He has played throughout Australia, Europe and the US with musicians and dancers such as Tess DeQuincy, Burkhard Beins, Chris Abrahams, Keith Rowe, Otomo Yoshihide, Fred Frith, Phil Niblock, Trey Spruance, Annick Nozarti, Axel Doerner, Oren Ambarchi, Tony Buck, Martin Klapper, Ikue Mori, Annette Krebs, and Shelley Hirsch.

This year he has played at festivals in Liege, France, Wellington, Melbourne and Berlin. With the turntable, computer artist Martin Ng, he performed in 1999 at the Sydney Opera House, at the What is Music? Festival in 2000 and in 2001 with Hiaz Gmachi (member of Austrian electronic quartet Farmer’s Manual) and at Waveform at UWS July 2001, they also performed at the A2D Adelaide festival 2002. Since 1989 he has been working with the text/music group Machine for Making Sense.


Julian Knowles is a composer/perfomer and audio artist working with new and emerging technologies. His practice draws heavily on the transformation of location audio and is informed by film sound practices, electro-acoustic, acousmatic and concrete musics and contemporary popular music production techniques, resulting in a personalised sonic language which is exploratory, yet recognises its roots in historical traditions. It challenges the arbitrary distinctions between sound, noise and music and attempts to reveal the inherent musicality in so-called non-musical materials. Since the early 90s, Julian’s work has made use of spatial audio systems and in the past 5 years has located itself within the 5.1 surround audio standard. In the early 90s, Julian joined the critically acclaimed experimental audio arts group Social Interiors. He continues to publish work under this name. Julian has undertaken a number of tours through the USA, the UK, Korea and Australasia and his music works is released internationally via Extreme Records. He is Head of School of Contemporary Arts at the University of Western Sydney.


Shannon O'Neill is a media artist working across music, radio, Internet, film/video and installation. He is a Director of community radio station 2MBS-FM, a founding member of the Alias Frequencies electronic arts collective, a former coordinator/curator of the Electrofringe festival (2001-2002) and currently a Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of Technology, Sydney.


Gail Priest is a Sydney based artist whose work includes sound/performance installations, electro-improvisation and the occasional avant-rock opera. Originally trained as a performer she has worked primarily as a sound designer for theatre and performance works. She teaches Contemporary Arts at the University of Western Sydney and is the co-director of Electrofringe - new media arts festival. She is also the associate editor, graphic and web designer, sound/music writer and earbash online CD review editor of the Australian national contemporary arts magazine RealTime.


Robyn is Executive Producer of the Acoustic Art Unit, Australian Broadcasting Company. In 2002 she won the Human Rights Award for Radio and the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Prize for Radio for her program about asylum seekers and their treatment in Australia, "On the Raft, All at Sea.

Among the unit's projects are Australian Ad Lib, an interactive guide to the wild, the weird and the vernacular in Australian music, and The Listening Room, ABC Radio's premier acoustic art program. It's a space for the exploration of radio forms and imaginative program making. The Listening Room has a core group of producers and sound engineers who work together, and who engage with Australian and international artists to create radiophonic works. The group has strong links with a range of artists including composers, writers, performance artists, electronic media artists, environmental sound recordists and sound designers.



Tim is Professor of Comparative Literature and English and Curator of The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell. Along with Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, he is Co-Curator of CTHEORY Multimedia, and he curated the travelling exhibition, Contact Zones: The Art of CD-Rom. He recently served as Guest Moderator of empyre. He is currently completing Digital Folds: Electronic Art, Cultural Memories, and Baroque Traces (Minnesota) and editing a collection, Digitality and the Memory of History (Temple) which is an expansion of a Wide Angle issue he edited in 1999.


Gérard is Director of The Music Representation Group at IRCAM in Paris, France. The Music Representation Group is focused on research and development in Computer Aided Composition (CAC). Its strong expertise in the field is due to a continuous collaboration between scientists, composers and musicologists.

A CAC environment is oriented towards the exploration of formal structures involved in composition or musical analysis. This has lead us to study several programming models such as visual programming, constraint programming, functional programming and object oriented programming. We also consider closely graphical representations of musical entities. This research has led to the PatchWork and OpenMusic sofware, two successive generations of compositional environments, that enable the computation of musical structures from graphical programming languages. They have been widely used by numerous composers for contemporary music production, especially for designing instrumental parts.


Tim is Assistant Professor of Italian in the Department of Romance Studies. Presently he is completing a study of the impact of early radio on modern sound ecologies, particularly in the figures of Ezra Pound and the Italian Futurists, entitled "Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi." At Cornell he has taught such courses as "Fascist Bodies/Fascist Films," "War and Modernity in Italy," and "Poetry in a Radio Age." He is also co-organizer of the Cornell Italian Studies Colloquium, whose posters you may see as you walk through the Cornell campus. 


Millie Chen is Assistant Professor of Art at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is the recipient of numerous awards and public art commissions, and has been an active member of a number of artist collectives and artist-run organizations. In her installations, performances and public interventions, she has explored the functions and myths surrounding the cultural body through ritual practices in the everyday, drawing associations between the sensual and symbolic qualities of common yet potent materials such as bread, human hair, rice, spices, blood, rust, noise. Evolving from earlier experiments with the senses (e.g. smell). Her recent art production involves the capacity of tactile materiality and architectural space to trigger immaterial sonic environments.

Stemming from her interest in site-specificity and interactivity, she has been incorporating specific spaces and visitors' bodies as articulators of sound in several recent installations. Negotiations are played out between acoustics, architecture, membranes, interfaces and sound as a cultural trigger. The relationship between seeing and hearing is shifted back and forth. Within her visual art practice, the act of looking is gently interrogated.


Andrew is a sound/ video artist who lives in Hornell, NY and teachesSound Art at Alfred University. He is a member of the Institute for Electronic Art at Alfred University and the Pauline Oliveros Foundation Board of Directors. Deutsch has collaborated with Pauline Oliveros on many projects over the past 7 years and is a regular collaborator with Peer Bode,
Jessie Shefrin and Kevin McCoy on both sound and video projects. Deutsch's collaborative piece "The First Line" with Ann Hamilton was recently exhibited in the Whitney show "Bitstreams" and he is the founder operator of his Magic If label dedicated to experimental electronic music and hand
produced packaging. Deutsch has music released on CDs through Magic If, Deep Listening Publications, and JdK.


Sarah is a video and new media artist working with interactive video song and lyrical narrative in forms ranging from performative installation to linear video to the artist's book. She is an Assistant Professor in New Media at Temple University's Film & Media Arts Program. She received her MPS at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University and her MA in Photography at the joint program of the International Center of Photography and New York University. She has been on the faculty of the Art & Media Program and the Interactive Telecommunications Program, both at NYU.

She has worked professionally as a multi-media designer and producer. Drury has led experimental workshops with performance artist Ellen Zweig in interactive performance using Internet2, exploring telepresence in networked video. She has received grants including an Artists Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and most recently from the Temple University Vice Provost's Research Initiative to pursue the development of performative physical interfaces for artists with disabilities; and had residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY. Her work has been presented at conferences including ISEA 2002, ACM Multimedia '98 and Performative Sites 2001, and exhibited at venues such as Brooklyn Museum, the Kitchen, Artists Space, Hallwalls, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Worldwide Video Festival at the Hague and broadcast on PBS.


Christine is a new media artist and musician with interests in how popular media representations function in the fine art context and their cultural ramifications. She has just recently completed an experimental music video and is currently working on collaborative projects with iTel Media.


Art is an image/sound manipulator working with film, digital video, animation, interactive CD-ROM, and live media. He was a member of the Not Channel Zero television collective in New York in the early 1990's, and is a member of the ITEL Media group, founded in 2001. His films/videos, cd-rom's, live audio/videomixes, and installations are regularly seen in festivals, museums, bars, galleries, and living rooms internationally. As a VJ he has performed with a variety of musicians and artists including Soundlab, DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, DJ T-Ina, Amiri Baraka, DJ Singe and MC Verb, Femmes with Fatal Breaks, Anti-Pop Consortium, and Alec Empire and Phillip Virus. He performs at various locations in the U.S. and internationally. He is from the Bronx, New York, and lives and works in New York City. Work is distributed by Video Data Bank:, & Third World Newsreel:


Ritsu Katsumata, digital musician-- began performing as a solo violinist as a child. Highlights include debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11, and a recital at the Carnegie Recital Hall in NYC at age 15. Trading in the acoustic for an electric instrument, she debuted as an electric violinist at Seattle Opera House in the Bumbershoot Festival in 1996. Since, she has recorded and performed her original music written for digital and electric instruments in Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Tokyo Japan and Ithaca, NY.


Daniel is a composer and electronic artist whose installation and sound work has lately been presented at the Smith College Museum of Art, the Synthese Festival in Bourges, France, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, and the Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival in Vancouver. His book, Audio Culture: Theories and Practices in Modern Music (co-edited with Christoph Cox), will be published by The Wire/Continuum Press in 2004. He is currently a Professor in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.