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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RECENT PROJECTS





A LONG BREATH


a long breath is an acoustic sound installation where several wind harps installed in Congress Square Park generate sound as they resonate with the wind. Through sound, the invisible and ephemeral elements of the wind and environment become palpable. The piece invites listeners to engage in close listening to their environment, and offers a sonic contrast through which community members can consider, and perhaps escape from, internal and external circumstances.


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OCTOBER 2021
Portland ME

site-specific audio installation 


SOUR SOLVENTS



Sour Solvents is video installation on site of the former block of the Portland Sugar House. Destroyed in the Great Fire of 1866, this refinery had in its heyday one of the largest sugar and molasses trades on the Atlantic coast. It directly tied the city’s industrial economy to the slave labor of West Indies sugar plantations. Sour Solvents uses sugar materially and metaphorically to explore multiplicities that exist within, beyond, and despite the histories and realities that we know. Completed for SPACE’s “Re-Site” public art project. 

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OCTOBER 2020
Portland, ME

site-specific installation

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SURFACE / BELLY



Surface / Belly is a web-based multimedia hyperlink piece that poetically explores interiors and exteriors. Completed for Fredericton’s 2020 digital Flourish Festival.

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SEPTEMBER 2020
world wide web


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WAITING IS A PLACE


Waiting is a Place is a digital album, released as part of Non-Event’s “At Home” series.

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AUGUST 2020
digital audio release 

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DISSOLVE MUSIC


Spatial audio performance using analog and digital synthesis in a d&b 16.1 speaker array. Hosted by MIT’s Spatial Sound Lab. 

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FEBRUARY 2020
Cambridge, MA


audio performance


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ARTIFACT


Artifact is a mixed-media tapestry made from woven fiber and electronics wires. Presented in group exhibition at The Ammerman Center for Art and Technology’s “Re-Generations” Summit. 

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FEBRUARY 2020
New London, CT 


installation 


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TO OCEAN 



Performed a solo set as part of INDEXICAL’s “Digital Alchemy Series, a series of performances and discussions exploring the intertwined intellectual and ideological histories of art and technology.

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OCTOBER 2019
Santa Cruz, CA


audio performance


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RAVEL


Audiovisual performance piece that highlights connections between textiles and computation technologies. Performed at Oberlin Conservatory’s Crafting Sound Symposium.

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OCTOBER 2019
Oberlin, OH


a/v performance


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PIECE FOR FOG SPACE


Outdoor site-specific performance in conversation with Fujiko Nakaya’s “Fog x Island" ephemeral fog
sculpture in Olmsted Park, Brookline MA.

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OCTOBER 2018
Boston, MA



site-specific performance


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LOSSY RECOLLECTIONS



A screening of five short film and video pieces, presented as my dissertation project at Brown University. 

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SEPTEMBER 2018
Providence, RI



film and video screening

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TEMPORAL CURRENTS



A “live installation” / expanded cinema event, and collaboration between Non-Event and AgX Film Colletive. Multichannel audio and site-specific film projections mobilize the novel acoustic and architectural properties of the Boston Waterworks Museum. 

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SEPTEMBER 2017
Boston, MA


site-specific performance


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RELEASES & LIVE RECORDINGS 


Album releases and recordings of live performances 

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INSTRUMENTS 


Self-designed and built electronic instruments.

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ANALOG FILM & VIDEO 


Audiovisual pieces made with analog video synthesis, 16mm film, and 8mm film. 
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INSTALLATION / SCULPTURE


Dimensional and site-specific works.
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