Jeff Talman

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Award winning sound artist, Jeff Talman, has created installations for the City of Cologne, Germany; the MIT Media Lab, The Kitchen, bitforms, Eyebeam, Art Interactive, Art Omi, the Basilica of St. Ulrich in Regensburg, Germany; the Tang Museum and others. His unique achievement is the sonic reiterative resonance system in which the inherent ambient resonance of an installation site is identified, amplified and returned to the site. Talman's installation VANISHING POINT 1.1 (1999) was historically the first work to use this process. The New York Times, WIRED Magazine and other publications immediately responded recognizing this important work. Recent awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Computer Arts in 2003 and a Gunk Foundation Grant. Recent artist residencies include Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Oberpf‰lzer K¸nstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany. Talman's graphic and sculptural work relates to the nature of light and sound as primal radiant forces. Large scale welded steel resonators, stainless steel rods and aluminum plates are among the resources for recent sculpture. Print media work includes spectrographic images of important architectural spatial sounds including those of the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum, NYC, the Temple of Debod in Madrid, the Pantheon in Rome, the Duomo in Florence and dozens of European cathedrals including those in Cologne, Paris, Chartres, Rome, Milan, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Stocklhom, Sevilla and Toledo. Jeff Talman was born and raised in Pennsylvania, USA where he studied piano. Classically trained as a composer and pianist, he began shaping sounds with computers in 1984. His precedent-setting installations are now regularly featured in museums, galleries, universities, religious buildings and other large, dramatic and historic spaces. Aside from living in Prague, the Czech Republic, he has lived primarily in New York City where he attended and eventually taught and directed orchestras at Columbia University and City College. He has also taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and produced a weekly show of new music, Airwaves, for six years on WKCR-FM, New York City. In 1996 his sound work moved from concert stage to Soho art gallery. Today his installations are noted for their conceptual and visceral impact as they offer an electrifying, sensual range of sound, gesture, object, image and physical force. Web-like support structures, lighting systems, video projection and everyday objects urge the observer to a reevaluation of the tactile, as they introduce metaphor and underscore the physicality of space through which sound emanates and soars. In June 2004 he presented a paper, Architectural Space and Mediums of Self, to the International Society for Literature, Science and Art in Paris, France. In July he exhibited a solo show, SEVEN SPACES, featuring a new installation and graphic fine art at the Holzhauer-Hamburg Galerie in Germany. In August 2004 he attended Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, NY for his 13th artist's residency. After the SONALUMINA-13 installation, a solo show at Art Interactive in September 2004, Talman installed VOLUMINA EX-CATHEDRAL, a major work for the city of Cologne in their cathedral square for the ArtCologne Festival in October 2004. In May 2005 his new installation SOUND MASS will open at bitforms gallery in Manhattan.