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Tamara Albaitis - Sound Installation Artist

 

Recently I have begun to incorporate objects that add levels of sensual engagement, presenting participatory experiences that elicit multiple senses: vision, sound, smell - which mocks and transcends the referents from the "real" world.

Artist Reception: Friday, February 24, 6:00 - 8:00pm, Artist Talk at 5pm

Exhibition: February 24 - March 24, 2012

Artist Statement 

Tamara Albaitis - at burnthebox.org
This current work reflects my interest in the many forms of natural, constructed and simulated environments that exist in a technology-saturated world. I’m curious about how people interpret the basic building blocks of their lives, sorting relevance through systems both public and personal, tangible and virtual. I use 100% pure technology to mimic nature, much like what most of modern society does. I enjoy creating this work with a sense of playful poetry, interpreting complex and intricate (and often ironic) relationships within the ongoing interplay between the 'artificial' and the 'organic'. Most often, I create interactive sound ‘drawings’ and sculpture that offers a vantage point into these relationships, using audio material (speakers, wires, amplifiers) not just for their sonic capabilities, but also for their sculptural properties. Recently I have begun to incorporate objects that add levels of sensual engagement, presenting participatory experiences that elicit multiple senses: vision, sound, smell - which mocks and transcends the referents from the "real" world. Conceptually, these unfold as questions about sustainability (psychological and environmental), dependency and the complex relationship between people and nature in a techno-centric culture. I am interested in exemplifying a holistic understanding of our relationship to nature, not only on the biological and physical level, but also through complex socio-political stances that permeate the psychosis of who we are.

Tamara was born in Flint, Michigan in 1979. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002. During her studies in China, while acquiring her bachelor degree, she earned a Certificate of Completion from the International School of Art in Hanghzou, China in Chinese Landscape Painting and Theory. It was in China, that major themes pertaining to nature and balance became the basis of her professional work. In 2003, she was invited to start the first experimental sound department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated 2005 with the first MFA in sound art in the United States.

Tamara has shown extensively nationally and internationally at prestigious institutions such as the 9th International Istanbul Biennial, The European Sound Delta in Paris, France (in collaboration with the Collective MU), Project Creo in St. Petersburg, Florida, The Digital Media Centre in Bracknell, England, artTransponder in Berlin, Germany, V2 Institute for Unstable Media in Rotterdam, Netherlands, ParaSite in Hong Kong, China, The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Stanford University in Palo Alto, Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California, Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, California and G2 Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.

She was the recipient for the Eureka Fellowship 2011-2013 from the Fleishhacker Foundation, Elizabeth Skinner Award, The James Irvine Fellowship and has received scholarships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Djerassi Foundation. Tamara lives and works in San Francisco.

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