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Senem Pirler & Monica Duncan
Senem Pirler is an intermedia-sound artist whose work entails sound engineering & production, sound design, as well as video art and audiovisual performance. Born in Turkey, she studied classical piano at Hacettepe State Conservatory and sound engineering & design at Istanbul Technical University (MIAM). She developed her artistry over ten years working as a performer and recording engineer in Turkey before moving to the U.S. in 2010 to study Music Technology at NYU with a Fulbright Fellowship. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and working on her practice-based dissertation, titled “Creating a Queer Utopia in Audiovisual Space.” Pirler’s recent audiovisual work has been exhibited at EMPAC and Collar Works, NY.
Monica Duncan is a video artist and choreographer. Her time-based work investigates the nature of visual perception and audience-performer dynamics through camouflage, stillness and collective image-making. Duncan’s video and performance work has been exhibited at Komuna//Warszawa (Warsaw), Mousonturm (Frankfurt), zeitraumexit (Mannheim), The Kitchen (New York City), Parkhaus Projects (Berlin), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), ZKM (Karlsruhe) and LACMA (Los Angeles). She has been a visiting artist at the Atlanta College of Art, Signal Culture, Experimental Television Center and most recently at Scena Robocza (Poznań) in which she co-created along with collaborators Romuald Krężel and Emmilou Rößling, a performative walk and site specific performance, ŻEGNAJ, OLIMPIO (GOODBYE, OLIMPIA). Duncan received her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego and MA in Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany.
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