“Walking is a way of knowing,” writes Timothy Ingold, who reciprocally asks if knowing might be a way of walking. What is the relationship between embodied movement, spatial awareness and epistemology, or the culturally agreed upon ways in which we understand knowledge to emerge and be legitimated or contested? What role do media and the senses play in these interactions? How are the senses reconceived within the milieux of mobile media and sound reproduction technologies in particular? Sound has become the primary spatial medium I am engaged with as an artist. I am recently rethinking the sonic dimension as I move from a mostly headphone-based practice to a new inquiry that embraces the reproduction of sound through loud speakers in both public outdoor and more rarefied indoor settings. This talk will address critical questions that lie at the core of media aesthetics through a series of works staged as responsive sound environments delivered via mobile media and/or custom loud speaker installations.
Teri Rueb is an artist and professor of critical media practices at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her practice unfolds in the extended fields of sound, mobile media art and land-based critical spatial practices. She has created GPS-based interactive sound installations since 1996 and has received awards including a Prix Ars Electronica Award and nominations for the CalArts Alpert Award, the Rockefeller New Media Award and the Boston ICA Foster Prize. Her work has been supported by the Ucross Foundation, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Santa Fe Art Institute, La Panacée, Edith Rüss Site for New Media, The Banff Center for the Arts, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, Artslink, Turbulence.org, and various state arts councils. She lectures and presents widely at venues including Ars Electronica, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Transmediale and IRCAM.
Her scholarly writings have been published by MIT Press, Routledge and University of Minnesota. Writings about her work have appeared widely and most notably in anthologies and survey texts such as “Digital Art” (Thames and Hudson, World of Art Series), “Walking and Mapping” (MIT Press), “Information Arts” (MIT Press), “Ubiquitous Computing: Complexity and Culture” (Routledge) and “Mobile Audience” (Springer).
She has played key roles in developing new programs, curricula and doctoral degrees at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University at Buffalo, among others. She holds a doctorate from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a master’s degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts interactive telecommunications program and a bachelor’s degree in art and literary and cultural studies with honors from Carnegie Mellon University.