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UPCOMING

03.23.19 - Moonbow - w/ Hanna van der Kolk/Joan Kelsey - Wilson Chapel, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

04.04.19 - Eye Vee Artist In Residence, Ithaca, NY

04.04.19 - Electrozone Presents Body Data Harvest @ Grayhaven Motel 657 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY

04.06.19 - Living Control Systems // Reimagining the MIDI controller Workshop @ Grayhaven Motel 657 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY

04.06.19 - Last Exit for the Lost WVBR 93.5FM - Live Radio Performance Broadcast, Ithaca, NY

04.08.19 - Guest Lecture & Presentation Intro to Digital Media - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

05.18.19 - Electrozone Presents Handmade Electronics for Sound & Light Performance - 8pm - Chanti Loft 101 W State St 2nd Fl Ithaca, NY

05.25.19 - Programming Environments - Networked Live Coding hosted by Wave Farm, Acra, NY

06.14.19 - Flag Day Recordings Fest I - Pheonixville, PA

06.20.19 - Workshop - BYO Custom USB-MIDI Controller - Wave Farm, Acra, NY

06.22.19 - Workshop - BYO Sex Toy Inductor Synth - 4:30 to 6:30 - Somerville, MA | REGISTER HERE

06.22.19 - w/Donna Parker, Leo Suarez, Vic Rawlings - Somerville, MA (Boston)

07.20.19 - BuddyFest IV - Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston, NY

08.03.19 - Wave Farm’s Audio Buffet - Acra, NY

08.08.19 - EyeVee presents Id M Theftable, Jen Kutler at Grayhaven Motel 657 Elmira Rd Ithaca, NY

09.14.19 - EMPAC - Studio Beta, Troy, NY

09.16.19 - Kingston Artist Collective Presents Ryosuke Kiyasu, MTT LCZK, ULNA grit., Jen Kutler & Lu Barnes, Spreaders 7:30PM @ Deep Tanks 224 East Strand Kingston, NY

09.21.19 - Rhizome, Washington, D.C. Performance

09.22.19 - Build your own Sex Toy Inductor Synth - Rhizome, Washington, D.C. | REGISTER HERE

10.10.19 - Musical Ecologies - Old Stone House 336 3rd St in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

10.16.19 - Queer Sound Ithaca Series - w/ Claire Rousay - The Cherry, Ithaca, NY

10.17.19 - w/ Howardian - Spotty Dog - Hudson, NY

ABOUT

 

Bio

Jen Kutler is a multidisciplinary artist and performer. She modifies found objects that are cultural signifiers of power, gender, queerness and intimacy to create atypical instruments and sculptures. Her performances feature many of her instruments incorporated with immersive field recordings to explore common and discrepant experiences of familiar social tones in immersive sound and media environments.

 

 

Statement

I use sounds and objects that are considered sexual or feminine and build interactive electronic media systems for performance to modify, re-contextualize and transform these materials. I look to explore the degrees of separation between the feminine and neutral, hyper-sexualization and de-sexualization, and the intuitive vs. physical.

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work


disembodied

Video is a clip from disembodied featuring Jen Kutler’s data set. Photo is the ring used to capture data from each participant.

Disembodied is a series of audio and video pieces generated by the vibrations and movements captured by an electronic bluetooth enabled ring worn by a woman or non gender binary artist while bringing themselves to orgasm. The ring transmits raw data in the form of .csv files (spreadsheet) to a bluetooth enabled mobile device. This is the first step in a series of de-sexualization experiments seeking to discover the amount of separation required to de-objectify women and feminine sexuality. The data is parsed in Pure Data to generate a variety of MIDI files. Participating artists (data providers) include Rena Anakwe, Stephanie Germaine, Sofy Yuditskaya, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Meagan Johnson, Amelia Moon, Caroline Partamian, L.Barnes, Meg Noe, Jenn Grossman, Merche Blasco and myself.

In the first phase of the project, voices were given to those MIDI files to generate twelve sound pieces (one for each participant's set of data). The timbres and textures draw from pure tones, field recordings and granular synthesis to create long microtonal drones, complex harmonies and dynamic timbral shifts.

The second phase of the project is the video component completed during the Signal Culture residency in Owego, NY. Using the collected data to control CV, generative video and video manipulation parameters were assigned to each data set to further explore the potential of separating female sexuality and the objectification of women. More specifically, various analog and digital video manipulation devices were used to try to determine a point at which pornographic video content can be manipulated to diminish its sexual meaning, either by aesthetic destruction or transmutation.

2019

 

The Other 

The Other is a polyphonic textural synthesizer driven by skin contact between two people. The system is able to recognize very subtle changes in pressure and movement allowing for a detailed sonic response. The audio created by touch helps cultivate both increased focus on physical sensations and intensified auditory distractions from interactions with the other. This causes the way the other person is perceived to shift continuously between being a fellow human and being an object. The Other explores physical interactions with other people as they relate to presence, fear, vulnerability, empathy, intimacy and the connections between them.

Image above is from Her Environment’s Entanglements Exhibition at the Yards Gallery, Chicago, IL. Video to the left is a short demonstration of a sculptural version of The Other using a modified shovel and hand sewn copper thread pillow case. The tighter the grip, the more audio response is produced by skin to skin contact. Video demonstration by Tim Light. 2018

 
 

Link & line

 

Link And Line is a sound sculpture that consists of a sewing machine and a vibrator that have been modified to produce sound. The motors are triggered by key presses on a traditional keyboard and the notes produced correspond to the key pressed. The audience is encouraged to experiment with the sounds by playing the keyboards. In addition to these notes, they produce unpredictable sounds, motor tones and other audio artifacts by interfering in electromagnetic instrument pickups. The pickups are amplified by small speakers at the base of each object respectively. Melodic and timbral exchanges between the sewing machine and vibrator can result in either object interfering with the other's electromagnetic pickup and playing through the other's speaker.

2017

 
 

Line was played inside her body and amplified through an electromagnetic pickup resting on on the surface of her skin during a collaborate performance Ob(ject)struct with Rebecca Ruth Borrer at Confetti Machine 2018 real time media festival at Outpost Artist Resources in Queens, NY.

Using hand made electronic interfaces such as copper wires to be touched and hacked vibrator synthesizers, audio and video are generated and manipulated by sharing water, electromechanical interference and electro-human sex and uses digital media to map the liminal spaces surrounding the deep and frequent emotional exchanges between intimacy and tech.

Photo by Eric Souther

 

generating values

Generating Values is a piece about discrepant experiences of the same surroundings and its relationship to social conduct. Two participants are presented with the same video content simultaneously which includes simple lines, technical specifications, images related to race and gender, geometric patterns, and other visual stimulation. Using hacked EEG sensors, the electrical patterns in the participants brains are measured and translated to MIDI signals. Different types of activity and mental states dictate the values that are produced. The values are then interpreted to generate two channels of audio and manipulate the original video signal. Over the course of the piece, the data stream is smoothed and becomes a standard, alluding to the ethical standards we develop as the interpretation of our surroundings molds our principles.

2017

 

 

A live audio-only version of Generating Values recorded at the Wave Farm 20th Anniversary Performance at Fridman Gallery from October, 2017. 

 

 

Women’s Work

Women’s Work is a floor cleaning robot sculpture fitted with a turntable tonearm, effects processing and speaker system onboard. It translates the surface on which its placed into sound and low frequency feedback. A series of modified play surfaces include wood, linoleum, scrap metal and collages made of widely celebrated vinyl records containing blatantly misogynist, homophobic and transphobic content spanning many genres.

2018

 

The Whether

 

The Whether is a sound sculpture with a pair of panties frozen into a block of ice on a rotating plate. An arm is angled above the ice and processes the size and shape of the ice to generate audio. Based on harmonics of harmonics of the oscillations of black holes, The Whether creates an sonic representation of matter under the idea that all things, tangible and intangible are harmonics of this fundamental sound in the universe. As the ice melts, the shape of the ice and panties change causing the harmonics to shift until the ice is completely thawed and only the panties remain.

2018

 

Photo by Craig Chin of Errant Space at Wave Farm Audio Buffet Acra, NY 2018

 

casting

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Casting is an interactive sound sculpture that reacts to shadows. The audience is invited to look into their shadow as it is cast on the piece. When engaged, the piece generates an ambient soundscape of manipulated field recordingS and explores discrepancies between auditory documents of memory and memory as it is re-constructed in the mind. Casting utilizes audio of common childhood sound environments and replays it as manipulated samples and granular audio based on the motion, shape and intensity of the shadows cast on it. As the piece is engaged, the user adjusts their body shape and shadow to create sounds that seem pleasing or interesting, rather than listening to the results of their shadow as it originally fell. This mimics the way that we often choose to remember the past differently and experiment with our own sense of the memory.

2018

 

 

adsrain 

ADSRain is a mobile sound sculpture composed of an umbrella with added electronics to transduce rain drops into synthetic tones. Participants are invited to wear headphones while walking in the shelter of ADSRain and listen to the various pit pats, drones, buzzes, hums and rhythms produced by the wind and rain striking the umbrella.

Check upcoming for ADSRain group walks around NYC and the Hudson Valley.

2016

 

penetrating silence

Penetrating Silence is a sound piece in which audio is transduced through a dental bite plate to be heard through the teeth and jaw. The use of facial muscles to express emotion affects the tonal quality and overall volume of the audio as it is travels.

This relationship constructs a feedback loop between the expression of emotion, the transduction of the sound and the quality of the audio content that is designed to bring these emotional responses about.

 2015

 

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CONTACT

 

jenkutler [at] live [dot] com

IG @jenkutler