I am an intermedia conceptual/sound artist with a background in biology and scientific illustration. While I began my career intending to make visible the invisible wonders of science and nature, I quickly became interested in exploring the cultural phenomenon that causes these fields to be viewed as separate, and in the ways that social imaginaries are formed and can shift.
I am interested in the potential of sound as a medium that can influence both time and space, and in the notion that by shaping atmosphere, sound can affect the ways we think and feel on an individual and collective basis.
I refer to many of my multimedia works as philosoprops – devices used to demonstrate a concept, challenge perception, or spark a dialog. The philosoprops offer subtle and sometimes deceivingly playful critiques of the foibles of highly literal, logical, objective, and compartmentalized thinking.
My visual and sound pieces have appeared in over 50 exhibitions internationally related to innovative textiles, experimental musical scores, and social action and ecology. A contributor to Truth-out.org and the author of Philosoprops: A Unified Field Guide, my written works often explore the notion that shifting some common assumptions about "the way things are" may lead to a more just, healthy, and peaceful world.
For a comprehensive exhibition history please see: CURRICULUM VITAE (PDF).
I am available (virtually or in person) to host discussions on the intersection of art and science and the value of interdisciplinary endeavors; conduct collaborative field recording & sound art experiments; and to demonstrate the Mode Charts and all other philosoprops.
Alyce Santoro on The Art of Science, The Science of Art at The New School's Lang College, August 29, 2005