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Lori Napoleon (New York) works in the tradition of object trouvé: she finds vintage telephone equipment and brings it back to a life of patching signals, by transforming her found objects into modular synthesizers and sequencers. Lori describes herself as an artist who integrates science and technology, and treats the electronic studio as a laboratory for sculpting emergent patterns and textures.
Under the guise of Meridian7, Lori uses her customized machines to create analog audio excursions inspired by and including the cryptic sounds of archival field recordings of phone hackers called “phone phreaks.” These historical sources include analog relay switching systems, errant radio transmissions, crosscontinental echo and message interferences between wires.
Lori has been supported by the Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center's 2013 Artist in Residency Fellowship in New York City. Since graduating from NYU’s ITP Master’s program in 2009, Lori has presented her work at various experimental music and new media events such as New York’s Festival of Electronic Arts, Open House London’s Sonic Visitations at Beaconsfield Gallery, UK, the Share Our Sound Series at Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo and the legendary arts space The Kitchen, where she led a workshop geared towards women in technologybased arts. The Meridian7 project is featured in a 4 hour DVD called “I Dream of Wires: The Modular Synthesizer Documentary,” 2013, directed by Robert Fantinatto, and several Master’s Theses from institutions such as Mills College, CA and Clemson University, SC. Under the alias Antenes, she has released her debut vinyl EP on Brooklynbased label Long Island Electrical Systems (L.I.E.S.) in Spring of 2015.
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