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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‘ROCK MUSIC’ [2022]


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Make Music Portland, part of the international Fête de la Musique, is a festival of sound. Occurring annually on June 21, Make Music Day is a free event to attend and participate in and is open to all ages, genres, styles, and abilities. During this daylong celebration, the city comes alive with music. Performances take place on city sidewalks, in parks, patios, and even on back porches.

Make Music Portland is a community event that aims to strengthen social and cultural ties, elevate the profile of our city internationally, and support amateur and professional musicians. Our music festival falls annually on the summer solstice and is organized by the Make Music Portland board. Together with cities around the world, Portland rings in the first day of summer and the longest day of the year by celebrating the transformational power of sound.

‘ROCK MUSIC’ is a family-friendly interactive sound installation where boulders in downtown Portland were covered with colorful conductive pads. Community members can instigate sound and collaborate by touching the colorful rocks. The conductive pads generate synthesized sound.