Pamela Z: Sonic Gestures [Kringlyd- og videoinstallasjon]

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Sonic Gestures

Video installation (18 minutes), 2007

Sonic Gestures is a video installation that premiered in April 2007 at Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco. Consisting of ten frame-locked channels of HD video composed of fragmented gestural images and 16 channels of audio, Sonic Gestures surrounds the audience with a virtual chorus of chattering, whispering, singing, and ever transforming sonic entities. This piece, which was commissioned and presented by NexMap, was designed as a site-specific piece for the immersive 360º video and sound set-up at RML. For TEKS.Studio the installation is re-configured for six screens.

The installation is part of Pamela Z’s Norwegian mini-tour to Trondheim and Oslo April 2019. During her visit Pamela Z will hold demo talks at NTNU, the Norwegian Academy of Music and UiO as well as live performances both in Trondheim and Oslo.

At NTNU she will be part of the Women Nordic Music TechnologyWoNoMute – seminar series, curated by Anna Xambo.  Further on you can experience Pamela Z at Dokkhuset (Ny Musikk) April 6 as part of ‘Voices In Between‘, a constellation with improvisors Tone Åse and Sten Sandell. 

You can also experience ‘Voices In Between‘ as part of VoxLab‘s mini-festival, April 10 at Melahuset, curated by Kristin Norderval.  For the same festival, Pamela Z will do a solo performance of works for voice & electronics with voice video April 11 at Vega Scene. 


Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound, and video. A pioneer of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers.
Her solo works combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, digital processing, and wireless MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound with physical gestures. In addition to her solo work, she has been commissioned to compose scores for dance, theatre, film, and chamber ensembles including Kronos Quartet, the Bang on a Can All Stars, Ethel, and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.
Her interdisciplinary performance works have been presented at venues including The Kitchen (NY), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), REDCAT (LA), and MCA (Chicago), and her installations have been presented at such exhibition spaces as the Whitney (NY), the Diözesanmuseum (Cologne), and the Krannert (IL). Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan.
She has performed in numerous festivals including Bang on a Can at Lincoln Center (New York), Interlink (Japan), Other Minds (San Francisco), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Dak’Art (Sénégal) and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival (Wuppertal, Germany). She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation residency, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, and the NEA Japan/US Friendship Commission Fellowship.
She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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