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Yolande Harris works with sound and image to create intimate and visceral experiences that heighten awareness of our relationship to the environment. Her projects consider techniques of navigation, worlds beyond the range of human senses, underwater environments and our relationship to other species. Through audio-visual installations and performances, photographic prints, digital instruments, sound walks, performative lectures and writings, she weaves together her artwork with her theories of techno-intuition and sonic consciousness, in which expanded forms of awareness emerge through a critical use of technological media, observation and listening.

Her series Taking Soundings (2006-8) explores historic, contemporary and animal navigations using sound; Sun Run Sun: On Sonic Navigations (2008-2010) expands this into instruments and installations of sonified and visualized GPS data; and Scorescapes (2009-2012) examines relationships between sound, image and place, especially in underwater environments. Her project Listening to the Distance (2015) explores expanded sensorial perceptions, the technological mediation of distant environments and the animals that inhabit them. Yolande’s current project Melt Me Into The Ocean (2018) is an ongoing investigation exploring our relationship to the world oceans through underwater sound.

Yolande has exhibited at the House of World Cultures Berlin, the Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the Institute of Contemporary Art London, and the Netherlands Media Art Institute. Awards include stipends from the Dutch Funds for Visual Arts Architecture and Design, fellowships at the Orpheus Research Center in Music in Ghent, the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, the Jan van Eyck Academy of Visual Arts in Maastricht, and a lectureship in Interaction Design at the Technical University of Eindhoven. As Artist in Residence at the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media at the University of Washington in Seattle, Yolande developed collaborations with the Oceanography department resulting in her graduate seminar ‘Art and Environment’. As Assistant Professor in the Film/Animation/Video Department at Rhode Island School of Design she led students through senior year graduating projects in Open Media and Video. Currently Yolande lives and works in Santa Cruz California, where she is Affiliate Faculty with the Digital Arts and New Media MFA program and Lecturer in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Yolande holds a Ph.D. ‘Scorescapes: On Sound, Environment and Sonic Consciousness’ (Leiden University 2011), an M.Phil. in Architecture and Moving Image (University of Cambridge 2000), a B.A. in Music (Dartington College of Arts 1997), and studied music and art history at Edinburgh University (1995). In addition she studied with pioneers of experimental music and sound art including Lou Harrison, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, David Dunn, Peter Sculthorpe, Louis Andriessen and Michel Waiswisz.

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