Carolyn Chen

Art Discipline: 
La Jolla, CA
United States
Dates of Residence: 
Feb 2, 2015 to Feb 27, 2015

Carolyn Chen has made music for supermarkets, demolition districts, and the dark. Her work reconfigures habits of our ears through sound, text, light, image, and movement. Recent projects include an opera mashup of Euripides' Hekabe and Red Riding Hood sung to helicopter and digestion sounds, and an assemblage on gravity interweaving stories about falling, interviews with physicists, and footage from falling cameras, commissioned for the 2014 MATA Festival. Described by The New York Times as "the evening's most consistently alluring... a quiet but lush meditation," her work has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, American Composers Forum, ASCAP, MATA, Stanford University, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, Emory Planetarium, and the Hammer Museum, and presented at festivals and exhibitions in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, China, Australia, and the U.S.