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About Lauren Weinger

Most of Lauren Weinger's works are related to specific sites and were created as part of mixed media performances that often include dance and visual arts. She rarely documents and release her pieces. A recurring theme in her oeuvre is the creation of natural-sounding sonic environments and the reconstruction through sound of places that no longer exist (selected sound sources bringing back specific memories) or the evocation of an object (in the form of sound portraits). The historical aspect is usually deeply integrated in the work as part of its essence rather than displayed in a didactic way. Some of her pieces have been staged in grain silos and mattress factories, others involved a dancer in a 500-gallon water tank and aerialists. All are based on field recordings made at the site, transformed and fed back into the site. She has worked with many choreographers but has developed a lasting collaboration with Joanna Haigood -- their 1999 piece "Descending Chords" featured harpist Zeena Parkins. Her installations have been heard at the Whitney Museum, The Walker Arts Center, the American Film Institute (all in the US), the Avignon and Arles festivals (France), and the Festival del Centro Historico (Mexico). Her piece "Gargoyle" was included on the compilation of works for dance An Ear for a Leg, released by Zoar in 2000. Silo, a solo album based on her grain silo recordings, came out two years later on ReR Megacorp. Weinger teaches sound design at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Shool of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. ~ François Couture

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