fereshteh toosi: locative sound

social and cultural geography, subtle technologies — By on April 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm

subtle technologies presentation

Interdisciplinary artist Fereshteh Toosi will discuss her experimental audio documentary called UP THE CREEK! The project shares stories from people living and working along Onondaga Creek, an 18-mile waterway that runs through rural, urban, and Native American land in central New York. To experience the project, participants borrow CD players from the local library or download audio files from the internet, free of charge. Directed by recorded narrations, participants walk and listen to a collection of voices that highlight human stories about the past, present, and future of the landscape, focusing on how human interaction with the creek has changed over time.


Fereshteh Toosi is an interdisciplinary artist who uses cultural icons to explore current events and popular mythologies through work in video, sound, performance, and public intervention. Fereshteh is the recipient of grants and residencies from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Experimental Sound Studio, the Experimental Television Center, the Berwick Research Institute, and the International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation. Fereshteh received a BA from Oberlin College and worked in Japan for two years before completing her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art. She currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

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