Asha Tamirisa [she/her/hers] works with sound, video, film, and researches media histories. Asha has performed at venues such as the ICA Boston and Bitforms Gallery (NYC), has given talks at institutions such as the University of Michigan, Mount Holyoke College, and Oberlin College, and has held residencies at The Media Archeology Lab (Boulder, CO), Perte de Signal (Montreal, CA) and I-Park Foundation (East Haddam, CT). Asha’s work has been mentioned in the Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics and the 5th Edition of Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture. Along with many colleagues, Asha co-founded OPENSIGNAL, a collective of artists concerned with the state of gender and race in electronic music and art practice. She now works with the organization TECHNE. Asha has taught sound and media art at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, Girls Rock! Rhode Island, and Street Level Youth Media in Chicago. Asha holds a Ph.D. in Computer Music and Multimedia and an M.A. in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Bates College in Maine, USA.



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EDUCATION


2019    Ph.D. Brown University    Computer Music and Multimedia Composition
2019    M.A.  Brown University    Modern Culture and Media              
2014    M.A.  Brown University    Computer Music and Multimedia Composition
2011    B.A.  Oberlin College     Musical Studies - Technology in Music & Related Arts    


ACADEMIC POSITIONS


2019-  Bates College    Assistant Professor, Department of Music
2017   RISD D+M         Adjunct Instructor, Digital + Media Department 


ART AWARDS & RESIDENCIES


2019 Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts (FETA): Sound Art Prize Finalist
2019 Media Archeology Lab | Boulder, CO: Artist Residency 
2018 Mount Holyoke College | Holyoke, MA: Visiting Artist 
2018 Wheaton College | Wheaton MA: Evelyn Danzig Haas Visiting Artist   
2018 Perte de Signal | Montreal CA: Artist Residency                                          
2017 Le Laboratoire ArtScience Converged: Commission                
2013 I-Park Foundation | East Haddam CT : Artist Residency    


PUBLICATIONS


“Sonic Activism in the Integrated Circuit.” Feminist Review. Special Issue: Sonic Cyberfeminisms. ed. M. Thompson, A. Goh. 2021.

Book Review: “Switched on Bach, by Roshanek Kheshti & Wendy Carlos: A Biography, by Amanda Sewell.”  Journal of Popular Music Studies. ed. D. Suisman, A.Vesey. 2021.

“Muffwiggler: Sexism in Audio Culture.” Bluestockings Magazine. 2014.  


CONFERENCE / SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATIONS

 
“Resisting Normative Logics in Modular Interfaces.” Sound Instruments and Sonic Cultures: An Interdisciplinary Conference. At The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, UK: December 12-18, 2020.

“Engendering a More Inclusive/Equitable Field.” Co-presentation with Suzanne Thorpe. (Re)Generation: The Arts and Technology Summit. At the Ammerman Center for Art and Technology, Connecticut College, New London CT: February 8, 2020.

“Logics and Rhetorics of Modular Interfaces in Electronic Sound.” Presented at Sonic Fluidities. University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA: March 2, 2018.

“Integrating Circuits: Histories of Racialized Labor in Electronics Manufacturing.” Presented at Sonic Cyberfeminisms. University of Lincoln. Lincoln, UK: May 6, 2017.        

“Synthesis Contextualized.” Presented at the Dartmouth Audiovisual Synthesis annual workshop. Hanover, NH: October 21-23, 2016.

“Logics and Rhetorics of Modular Interfaces in Electronic Sound.” Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies[SCMS] annual conference. Atlanta, GA: March 31, 2016.

“Aurality, Virtuality, and the Feminization of Technology in Her.” Presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies [SCMS] annual conference. Montreal, CA: March 25, 2015.

“Emulating the ARP2500.” Presented at Idiopreneurial Entrephonics. Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT: February 21, 2015.

“The History & Future of the ARP 2500.” Presented at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States annual conference. Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT: March 28, 2014           


TALKS / PANELS 


Panelist. ARP2500 50th Anniversary Symposium. Webinar: September 26, 2020.

Panelist. “Creating New Imaginaries: Artists and Critical Resistance to Structural Inequalities.” MLK Day. Bates College, Lewiston ME: January 21, 2020.

Panelist. “Miscellaneous Electronic Bits.” Crafting Sound Symposium. In the Technology in Music and Related Arts Department. Oberlin College & Conservatory, Oberlin OH: October 5, 2019.

Guest Critic. Open Media, taught by Sheri Wills. In the Department of Film, Animation, and Video. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI: May 5, 2019.

Artist Talk: “Materials of Time.” In the Department of Performing Arts Technology. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI: April 19, 2019.

Artist Talk: “Theory/Practice, Art/Research.” In Introduction to Media Studies, taught by Hannah Goodwin in the Department of Film Studies. Mt. Holyoke College, Holyoke, MA: November 26, 2018.

“Interfacing with Sound.” in Electronic Music Histories, taught by Will Mason in the Department of Music. Wheaton College, Wheaton, MA: November 13, 2018.

“Working with Feedback.” Presented in Sound Art, taught by Nadav Assor in the Department of Visual Art. Connecticut College, New London, CT: October 2017.

Artist Talk.  Presented for Modern Music Guild series. Oberlin College, Oberlin OH: March 28, 2017. 

Artist Talk.  Presented at ArtScience Converged series. Le Laboratoire, Cambridge, MA: February 6, 2017.

“Sound-Art and Glass: Histories and Techniques.” Presented in Glass Studio II, taught by Jocelyne Prince in the Department of Glass. Rhode Island School of Design Providence RI: November 15, 2016.

“Logics and Rhetorics of Modularity in Electronic Sound.” Presented in TIMARA Department, Oberlin College and Conservatory, Oberlin OH: September 24, 2016.

“Experimental Audiovisual Composition.” Presented in History of New Media, taught by Chris Brunett in the Department of Visual Art. University of Toledo, Toledo, OH: September 22, 2015.


AUDIO & VIDEO RELEASES


2020    Waiting is a Place - format: digital
2018    100% Synthetic - format: DVD Compilation | Label: Estuary Ltd.                
2016    Callus / Redux - format: digital | Label: Pan Y Rosas Discos                    
2015    OPENSIGNAL 2015 Compilation - format: CD | Label: group release
2014    Moments of Pleasure [Kate Bush Tribute] - format: cassette | Label: Wicked City 
2014    SOTO | Park + Tamirisa - format: cassette / digital | Label: Private Chronology
2014    OPENSIGNAL Compilation - format: vinyl | Label: group release        
2014    & The ARP2500 - format: digital | Label: self-released