Thorington is the founder (1981) and Co-Director of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (aka Ether-Ore). From 1987-1998, NRPA commissioned and produced the New American Radio series for the public radio system, and since 1996 has commissioned and produced net art for its Turbulence website.
|interaXis, an investigation into the possibilities of improvisation, form, and presentation in a multi-site, network-based performance that included Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Trayle and Jesse Gilbert at UCLA, Los Angeles and Nick Didkovsky, Leroy Jenkins, Dafna Naphtali, and Thorington at Harvestworks, New York City, December 2001.|
streamed Internet performance, Adrift
was a collaboration
with Marek Walczak, Jesse
Gilbert, Martin Wattenberg,
Jonathan Feinberg and
Hal Eager. Thorington
wrote the texts and contributed photographs and ambient/musical selections to
the sound score. She also provided live voice narrative. See Adrift
in a Sea of Senses by Joel Johnson, PForm.org; Outlook
for 1998: Better Online Art and More of it by Matthew Mirapaul, New
York Times; Navigating the Narrative in Space: Gender and
Spatiality in Virtual Worlds, Mary Flanagan, Art Journal, Fall 2000; Text
|50-minute improvisational, networked performance events originating from three locations: @ Mills College, Oakland, CA; @ Harvestworks, Inc., NYC; and the @ Morton Street Studio, NYC. Made available to local audiences in the three locations and to Internet users. With Maggi Payne, Brenda Hutchinson, Les Stuck, Beth Coleman, Shelley Hirsch, Pauline Oliveros, Jim Pugeleise, Jesse Gilbert, and others.|
with Joseph Celli and Nick Didkovsky: a 35 minute sound/music composition
created for artnetweb's
a simultaneous presentation of digital art on the Internet and @ the List Center
for Visual Arts at MIT. Performances from el.net studios in NYC by RealAudio every
Friday, January 31 through March 28, 1997.|
9_11_01 Scapes (in process) with Jo-Anne Green. A series of Photoshop images with text and sound by Thorington. Exhibited in Violence Online Festival 6.0, April 2003.
Solitaire (1998) with Marianne Petit and John Neilson. Selected for presentation at numerous festivals including the Exchange 2000 Online Exhibition, Bristol, UK; the Maid in Cyberspace Festival, Quebec, Canada 2000; the REDesign Festival, 2000, Barcelona, Spain; and the 1999 Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media. Reviewed in the 6th edition of CIAC's Electronic Art Magazine. Finalist in the Trace and Alt-X first International Hypertext Competition, 1998-1999. Used in numerous syllabi/courses including Creativity, Collaboration, Collective Learning @ Kids on the Net; Hypertext Fiction and Theory, Department of English, University of California at Santa Barbara; and Tale, Text, and Hypertext, beyondwriting.com.
North Country, Part 2 (1997) and North Country, Part 1 (1996). Selected for the University Art Gallery, Central Michigan Universitys Subverting the Market exhibition, 2001 and other exhibitions and festivals 1997-1999. Also @ the Women's New Media Gallery, Trace Online Writing Center.
http://somewhere.org, February 1996present: a web site that includes: an archive of the New American Radio series from 1987 to 1998, including excerpts from artists' works, artists' writings, scripts and scores, a catalogue, reviews and writing on the radio medium.
http://turbulence.org, April 1996present: Turbulence commissions work made for the net/web. Reviewed by numerous on-line magazines including Netscape's iguide; RealAudio; Hot Wired, Cybertimes, Art in America, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, and TemaCeleste online.
North Country (1995) a short interactive narrative with an interactive soundscore. Funded by a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Individual Artist Award and a Meet the Composer Commissioning Award. Presented at ORF (Austria); SFB (Berlin); ISEA, Montreal; and in art festivals and shows in NYC from 19951997.
[INSTALLATION AND PERFORMANCE]
Going Between (1993) with performing artist Jackie Apple. A performance fiction on traveling between universes, commissioned by ORF (Austrian radio) and TRANSIT on the occasion of their On the Air Symposium in Innsbruck in 1993. Performed in concert at the Subtropics New Music Festival, Miami, Florida, 1995.
Partial Perceptions a 30-minute composition premiered at DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas in February 2, 1992; presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and at Philip Morris on March 13, 1992 as a performance/installation. Funded by a NYSCA Music Commission and a grant from the Electronic Arts Grants Program of The Experimental Television Center. A 20-minute version can be found on Radius#1 (What Next? Recordings).
Angels Have Been Sent To Me (1991) sound score, in collaboration with Jerri Allyn, presented at various locations in NYC and the Tyler Gallery, Philadelphia.
Loco-motive (1991) exhibited at the 2nd International Festival of Radio Art in Wroclaw, Poland.
Endangered (1990) sound score, in collaboration with Jerri Allyn for the Anchorage show in Brooklyn, NY.
Terra dell Imaginazione (1990) performance/installation commissioned by RAI (Italy) for their Audio Box Festival and presented in the caves of Matera, Italy.
Parrot Talk, Aphids and Others, training (for Jo), North Country and 9_11_01_scapes, Headphones: Listen Up!, The Front Gallery, New Orleans, February 11-March 3, 2012. Wolves at the Door (2011), Sounding Doors, Karlsruhe, 2011
Scene at Nightfall (2011) (12:00), Radio Art and Sound Art Air/Ear installation, San Justo, Santa Fe, Argentina, July 2011
Scenes at Nighfall (2011) (12:00), BEAM Festival, Brunel University Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UK, June 24-26, 2011
loss (2010) (26:02), Radio Eliot, Rome, Italy, Summer 2011.
Parrot Talk, Aphids and Others, Scenes at Nightfall, Breaking the Sound Barrier: Sonic Art 1860-2011: An Anthology of Sound Art, Galleries of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, February 2011
loss (2010) (26:02) one of six commissioned original music compositions, four original choreographies, one original light sculpture for loss 01 bangkok 2010 at Chulalongkorn University, Theatre of Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Bangkok Thailand, December 2010.
Calling to Mind, Workspace Projects: Surround Sound, Galerie Rachel Haferkamp, 01.26 -02.04.06, Cologne, Germany; Pixilerations v.2, FirstWorksProv, Pixilerations Gallery, Providence, RI, 09.29-10.15.05; Deep Wireless Radio Art Festival, Toronto, Canada, 06.01.05 (Commissioned by Deep Wireless)
9_11_01_scapes, Honorable Recognition, Prix Bohemia Radio Festival, Czechoslovakia, 2003; Winner, Aether Festival, KUNM-FM, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2003; Essay: September 11th, Magnum Photos, 2006; The Sonic Memorial Project. FILE-2003, the Electronic Language International Festival, Cultural Institution and Museum (Paço das Artes), São Paulo City. 5 audio works included in their Hipersonica sound productions festival.
Compositions for New Music America: 1984, 1986, AND 1988.
Compositions for Roulette, the Experimental InterMedia Foundation, The Alternative Museum and other New York music venues (19841989).
Blauvelt Mountain, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Performed live at The Kitchen, New York City, September 5-20, 2003. Also performed live at Jacobs Pillow, July 24, 26, 27, 2002.
Monkey Run Road [played with Continuous Replay], Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, The Kitchen, New York City, September 5-20, 2003.
Presentations at Dance Theater Workshop, PS1 and other dance venues, 19811987. Includes three compositions for postmodern dancers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, Susan Salinger, Vicki Marks, Peter Anastos and Lois Welk.
Endangered (1989) by Barbara Hammer - presented at the Whitney Museum's 1989 Biennial and exhibited throughout the US.
Optic Nerve (1987) by Barbara Hammer - premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and the Whitney Museum of American Art's Biennial exhibition, 1987; First Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival; Third Prize, Experimental Film Coalition Film Festival; Creteil Int'l Festival of Films by Women, France.
Liberty and Ellis-Fresh Perspectives (2000) with Regine Beyer; a documentary on the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, with full sound score. With funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Distributed by National Public Radio.
Fleeting Encounters (1999) eight minute version commissioned for the series A Patchwork Planet by BBC Radio 3.
Parker's MUD Journal (1997) a two-part documentary fiction on the Internet's on-line community, Lambda Moo, with full sound score. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Paul Robeson Fund.
North Country (1996) a 35-minute hypertext narrative work with full sound score by the author with accordionist Guy Klucsevek. Commissioned by Meet the Composer with additional funding from NYSCA. Distributed to US public radio as part of the New American Radio series. Also distributed by The Listening Room, ABC, Australia and Kunstradio, ORF, Austria.
Story Space (1995) An audio essay on Thoringtons work for radio, a creative audio compilation with commentary that includes: (1) an excerpt from Loco-motive (5:20); (2) Dracula's Wives (8:30); and, (3) an excerpt from Terra Dell'Imaginazione (Landscape of the Imagination) (3:10). Distributed nationally by New American Radio.
The Hunt Is On: Reflections on the Human Genome Project (1994) A documentary work on the federally supported Human Genome Project. Interview participants include: Dr. Ruth Hubbard of Harvard University, co-author of Exploding the Gene Myth; Dr. Daniel Callahan, President of the Hastings Center, Briarcliff Manor, New York; Dr. Barbara Katz Rothman of Baruch University, author of The Tentative Pregnancy; and Dr. Steven Hilgartner of the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine at Columbia University. Distributed nationally by New American Radio.
Going Between (1993) A hypertext fiction created as a performance and adapted for radio about consciousness and the imagination. Composed of a series of discrete yet linked stories, music, geographies, word plays, and quotes that take place both in a real (fictional) world and a (fictional) virtual world. Distributed nationally by New American Radio.
In the Devil's Footsteps (1993) with writer Sarah Montague. A two part series on bats and vampires with a full sound score by Thorington; created as a Halloween Special for public radio. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Distributed nationally by National Public Radio and New American Radio.
Dracula's Wives (1992) a commission of RNE (Spanish Radio) for its Madrid festival, Ciudades Invisibles. Subsequently aired by RNE and internationally as part of the 1993 Ars Acustica Listening Project and by New American Radio.
Loco-motive (1992) an electronic environment impervious to the hurried, energetic movements of the many little engines that scuttle back and forth across it. Based on the artist's sound score to a work of the same name by Suzan-Lori Parks. Distributed nationally by New American Radio.
Recipe for a Lark (1992) with vocalist Shelley Hirsch. Distributed nationally by New American Radio.
Creative Tracks: Native American Artists in the '90s (1992) with Regine Beyer. Interviews with Native American women poets and fiction writers, including Joy Harjo, Paula Gunn Allen and Linda Hogan, with an original sound score by Thorington. Distributed by National Public Radio.
Partial Perceptions (199192) funded by Meet the Composer and the New York State Council on the Arts. Cinematic audio that works on different levels of perception. Its underlying concerns are closely linked to the reshaping of traditional concepts of nature, woman, and machine. Distributed by New American Radio. Subsequently released on Radius #1: Transmissions from Broadcast Artists, ¿What Next Recordings?, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1993.
Terra dell'Immaginazione (1990) commissioned by RAI (Italian radio) for its Audio Box Festival as an installation for a riverside cave, Matera, Italy. Distributed by RAI; ORF, Vienna; and New American Radio.
Aphids and Others (1990) written in response to Gregory Whitehead's Male Digger Bees, this short work is a humorously poignant appeal for diversity and choice. It features a laughing aphid, three bumping snails, and an octopus arm that swims. Distributed by New American Radio.
In the Dark (1990) audio images that evoke an unpeopled, cinematic geography; landscape of loneliness and loss. Distributed by New American Radio.
Congruent Appeal (1989) an experimental drama composed entirely of musical, electrical, and environmental sound, processed and organized into events that are not necessarily related, although their placement may suggest some sort of narrative. Distributed by New American Radio.
One to Win (1989) a short, humorous work that recreates a single event in a horseracing day, presented from many perspectives, including that of the horse. Commissioned by New Music America, Miami, Florida. Distributed by Public Radio, Florida, National Public Radio, and New American Radio.
Straight Ahead (1989) originally created for the award-winning experimental film Optic Nerve by Barbara Hammer. Distributed by New American Radio.
Fiddling Around (1987) a tiny monkey escapes his cage and is pursued by other monkeys and his keepers. A true story out of Monkey Jungle, Miami, told with monkey screeches and fiddle music. Distributed by New American Radio.
Hard City Rock: New York City in Sound (1987) with Regine Beyer. A flow of sounding images interrupted by short informative and anecdotal comments from Robert Bennon of the Environmental Protection Agency. Distributed by WNYC, New York.
Natural Classic (1987) Drop-in cock-a-doodle-doo. Music for cello and rooster. Distributed by New American Radio, 1994.
Parrot Talk (1986) a work about repetition and entropy. Told with live recordings from Parrot Jungle, Miami, feedback, carnival music, static and other anathema of the broadcast world. Winner of First Prize, Macrophon 1991, the First International Festival of Radio Art, Wroclaw, Poland. Distributed by New American Radio, 1991.
Building a Universe, Part 2: Rifts, Absences and Omissions (1987) satiric and experimental drama that focused on the new reproductive technologies and the scientists responsible for their development. Distributed by New American Radio, 1991.
Building a Universe, Part 1 (1985) an experimental new drama that focused on contemporary technologies such as cloning, crossbreeding, and the ability to exchange body parts. Commissioned by New Music America, Houston Texas. Distributed by New American Radio, 1990.
The American Buffalo (1980) why the American buffalo is not a true buffalo but a bison. Distributed by New American Radio, 1990.
The Dream Sequence, Part 1 & 2 (1979) one of the first compositions for radio to make use of electronic processing, and one of the first radio art works broadcast on National Public Radio, The Dream Sequence unfolds associatively, its lyrical text reflecting humorously on the author's rural experience and her concern for personal disappearance.
List of additional radio works available on request.
Art, Life: New Contexts, feature article
on the evolving context for sound and radio practice, exploring networked
media, participatory platforms and the sonification of every-day objects.
An introduction to a series of Radio Art including recent work by Christof
Migone and Sarah Washington, Intermedia:
New Media, Sound and Performance, Tate
Modern, May 2008.
Presentation: Programmable Media II: Networked Music, Pace University, NY, 04.12.08
Presentation: Networked_Performance, Digital Art Weeks, Switzerland, 07.13.07
Presentation, Programmable Media, Media in Transition 5: Creativity, Ownership and Collaboration in the Digital Age, Massachusetts Institute for Technology, MA, 04.27.07
Presentation, the networked_performance blog, Programmable Media: Open Platforms for Creativity and Collaboration, Pace University, NY, 03.02.07
Presentation, networked_performance: participatory art, Upgrade! International, Oklahoma City, 12.02.06
Presentation, Personal Artistic Work, 1977 - 2006, Upgrade! Boston, 05.02.06
Presentation, Turbulence.org: A Selected Presentation of Commissioned Work for Upgrade! Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 04.07.06
Presentation, Turbulence.org: A Selected Presentation of Commissioned Work at Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma 02.17.06
Presentation, Personal Artistic Work, 1977 - 2006, Upgrade! Oklahoma, [ArtSpace], Oklahoma City, 02.16.06
Panelist, From Database and Place to Bio-Tech and Bots: Relationality vs Autonomy in Media Art, College Art Association, Boston, MA 02.23.06
Lecture, Play! Contemporary Composition, Technology, and Listening symposium, Clark University, MA, 11.04.05
Panelist, Net Art: What is it and Can it Survive?, AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York City, NY, 10.30.05
Moderator, Networked Performance: How Does Art Affect Technology and Vice Versa?, SIGGRAPH 05, 08.01.05
Presenter, The Extended Instrument: An Investigation into Sound Art and Contemporary Music, New York State Council on the Arts, New York, 06.30.05
Lecture, Radio Art in America, Deep Wireless Radio Art Festival, Toronto, Canada, 06.01.05
Speaker, Becoming Performative, Teledramatic Arts, California State University at Monterey Bay, 05.04.05
Juror, Computer Art, Constance Saltonstall Foundation, New York, 04-05.05
Panelist, Becoming Uncomfortable, Performance Studies International's 11th annual conference, Brown University, Providence, RI, 04.02.05
Panelist, Necessary Excellence, International Society for the Performing Arts Conference, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, 01.06.05
Speaker, Hear Now: Helen Thorington and Hildegard Westerkamp in Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 12.17.04
Lecture, Tisch School, New York University, New York, 11.04.04
Roundtable, Society for Art and Technology (SAT), Montreal, Canada, 10.02.04
Lecture, Digi-Presenter Primer, New York, 04.25.04
Lecture, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut, 03.20.04
Juror, 2004 Harvestworks Artist In Residence panel 12.04-05.03
Panelist, "net.art: problems and promise" in conjunction with the Boston Cyberarts Festival, April 9, 2003.
Panelist, International Contemporary Art Experts Forum: New Frontiers of Digital Art, ARCO¹03 22nd Edition of the International Contemporary Art Fair, February 11-18, 2003, Madrid, Spain. www.arco.ifema.es
Panelist, Cin-o-matic: Memory and Cinematic Perception, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
Guest Lecturer, Music Department, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
Presenter and Mentor, The Arts and Streaming Media, California Digital Arts Workshop (CDAW), Los Angeles, California.
Presenter and Moderator, Turbulence@Newhouse Galleries, a series of four presentations on net art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York.
Presenter, New Possibilities, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York.
Lecture, Arts Technology Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Presenter, panel on Dystopia and Identitiy: On the Presentation of On-Line Art in Physical Spaces, Tribes Gallery, New York City.
Presenter, Net Art in Physical Space, MovingImage Gallery, New York City.
Presenter, Warwick Valley CyberArts Festival, a two-day festival in Warwick, New York, curated by the Whitneys Performance at 42nd Street curator, Jeanette Vuocolo.
Presenter and participant, Art in MultiMedia Project, Brooklyn Academy of Music/Lucent Technologies, New York.
Presenter and Panelist, Art Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) CyberArt99: Seeking Solutions , Cooper Union, New York.
Presenter and Panelist, Crossing Boundaries: A Historical Perspective on Hybridization, Cultural Differentiation, Alienation, and Otherness in Interdisciplinary Performance, Installation and Media Arts, College Art Association, Los Angeles.
Guest Lecturer, Broadcast and Internet Arts, University of California, San Diego.
Presenter, Women In Media, AIR Gallery, New York.
Presenter, Arts & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) Public Symposium, Cooper Union, New York.
Lecturer/presenter, Robots, Avatars, and Sound Sculptures: Artists Redefining Technology Through Words, Sound, Sculpture and Performance, The Center for Arts and Technology, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut.
Lecturer/presenter, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, Troy, New York.
Presenter, Adrift, ORF, Vienna, Austria.
Presenter, Creative Careers in the Digital Realm. (http://www.earthpledge.org/news/epfstory12a.html)
Presenter, From Radio Art to Web ArtChanging Technologies, Changing Aesthetics, International Literary Colloquium, Berlin, Germany.
Presenter, The State of Creative Radio in America, Ars Acustica Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1995: Presenter, Creating for CD-ROM, with a presentation of the newly completed North Country, Ars Acustica Meeting, Vienna, Austria.
1993: Presenter/Performer, On the Air: Art in the Public Data Space, symposium, Innsbruck, Austria.
1991: Presenter, Macrophon '91: On American Radio Art and the Edit, The Second International Festival of Radio Art, Wroclaw, Poland.
1991: Presenter, Radio Contortions, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
1989: Presenter, In the Dark, symposium, San Francisco State University, California.
1988: Presenter, With the Eyes Closed, symposium On the Theory and Practice of Radio Art, presented as part of the Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria.
Performance: Off the Desktop and Into the Street,
Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts|
200406: Mentor, Art Insititute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, Massachusetts
2003: School of Visual Arts, New York University, New York City: New Media Art History: Radio Art
2002: Graduate Seminar, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.
2001: Workshop, Arts Technology Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1997: Radio Production, College of Staten Island, Staten Island, New York.
19811990: Radio Workshops.
2003 Honourable Recognition, PRIX BOHEMIA RADIO FESTIVAL, Czechoslovakia
2003 Winner, AETHER FESTIVAL, KUNM-FM, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2001 New York Foundation on the Arts Creative Fellowship Award: Emerging Forms for Digital Art
2000 Creative Capital Grant for Adrift
1999 Creative Capital Grant for Adrift
1998 New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Music Commission
1997 Meet the Composer Commissioning Program Award
1996 Artist in Residence, Harvestworks, Studio Pass, New York City
1995 Meet the Composer Commissioning Program Award
1995 New York State Council on the Arts, Individual Artists Award, Media
1995 Paul Robeson Fund, Radio Grant
1994 Paul Robeson Fund, Radio Grant
1993 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Media Arts Award
1992 NYSCA, Music Commission
1992 Electronic Arts Grants Program of the Experimental Television Center
1991 First Prize, MACROPHON, the First International Festival of Radio Art, Poland
1991 NEA, Media Arts Award
1990 NYSCA Individual Artists Award, Media (with Jerri Allyn)
1990 NEA, Media Arts Award
| Graduate Studies|
Course work completed for Ph.D. in English Literature, Rutgers University, 19651967.
Special Studies in the English Comic Novel with John Bayley, New College, Oxford University, England, 19591961.
English Literature, University of Minnesota, 19561958.
Union Theological Seminary, New York, 1951.
Bachelor of Arts, Biblical History, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, 1950.
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