Jessica Feldman is a New York-based sound and media artist. She makes interventions, installations, performances, videos, and compositions. Many are site-specific, and often are sited in public spaces, or spaces not traditionally designed for art. The work is often interactive, participatory, or has immediate physical effects on those who engage with it. Recent work deals with the intimate psychological and communal social dynamics revealed by contemporary systems of control — especially those employing sound, speech, listening, and the constriction or manipulation of the body — such as acoustic weaponry, psychological warfare, prison architecture, execution rituals, and techniques and technologies of surveillance and interrogation. Recent and upcoming venues include: White Box, The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, F.U.E.L. Collection (Philadelphia), LMAK Projects, sidewalks, parks, passageways, and a boat. She has presented solo shows/performances at GASP Gallery (Boston), The Stone, and Roulette, and has received awards and grants from Meet the Composer, Experimental Television Center, Max Kade Foundation, and the Bronx River Art Center, among others. She received her MFA from Bard College and teaches Sound Art, Physical Computing, and Interactive Technology in the sculpture department at Tyler School of Art.
Jessica Feldman’s project with Swing Space examines experiences of expulsion and confinement, and their relationship to solitude, labor, and the particular psychogeography of an island. Inspired by Governors Island’s history as a military prison for deserters, the work will draw correlations among Governors and other nearby islands that are used for isolation or confinement of prisoners, invalids, psychiatric convalescents, and other “disobedient” or “dysfunctional” groups. Using real-time sound and video transmissions to create collaborations with these populations, who will narrate their lives and locations, Feldman will use her studio and the breadth of the island to simulate and document these spaces, labors, and activities of island confinement, finally resulting in a series of installations that recreate the described spaces, with corresponding audio recordings of the narrations, allowing the public to engage in their own empathetic performance of these lives.
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