Sonami & Mazzotta
Composer, performer, and sound installation artist Laetitia Sonami was born in France and settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in the emerging field of electronic music. She studied with Eliane Radigue, Joel Chadabe, Robert Ashley and David Behrman. Sonami’s work combines text, music and "found sound" from the world, in compositions which have been described as "performance novels. Her signature instrument, the Lady's Glove, is fitted with a vast array of sensors which track the slightest motion of her enigmatic dance: with it Sonami can create performances where her movements can shape the music and in some instances visual environments. The lady’s glove has become a fine instrument which challenges notions of technology and virtuosity. Sonami’s sound installations combine audio and kinetic elements embedded in ubiquitous objects such as light bulbs, rubber gloves, bags and more recently toilet plungers. She collects electrical wire and embroids them in walls. Sonami gives extensive workshops and classes. She tries to familiarize and enthuse students to adapting old technologies and new media to the creative process and thus expand their field of imagination and play. Sonami has been performing in numerous festivals across the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and China, among which the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, the Bourges Music Festival in France, the Sonambiente Festival in Berlin, the Interlink festival in Japan, Bang-on-a Can, The Kitchen and Other Minds, S.F. Awards include the Alpert Award in the Arts (2002), Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts Award (2000), the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship (2000), Studio Pass-Harvestworks residency (2001) and a Creative Work Fund award (2000) for a collaboration with Nick Bertoni and the Tinkers Workshop. Sonami lives in Oakland, California and is guest lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Milton Avery MFA program at Bard College.
“.. Sonami sometimes looked like a human antenna searching the air for
sounds, or like a deity summoning earth-shaking rumbles with a brusque
gesture.” - New York Times
“...sultry and magical” -Village Voice
Matthew Mazzotta got his B.A. from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and his M.A. in Visual Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009). Mazzotta’s main areas of interest are architecture of social spaces – he wants to open a space of critical thought in the places we live, his work stems from the interest for the research of relationships between people and their environment and themselves. Artistic practice that he engages in is conceptual and it manifests as a participative public intervention that aims at critical thought and at opening up space that we inhabit. This sort of socially engaged artistic practice provokes dialogue concerning topics of ecology, public participation and community engagement, artistic esthetics, science, etc.