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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a long breath (2021)

Commissioned by the Friends of Congress Square Park 
set of wind harps installed on lampposts in Portland Me’s Congress Square Park

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. A Long Breath is named for the personal and communal experience of spending the last year waiting, and the long exhale that we all hope will follow.