Jenny Gräf (US/DK) is an artist who explores peripheral places and states through sound composition, improvisation and participatory works. In Gräf’s music and art she invokes immersion and rupture to explore changing perceptions of diegesis and space, formal choices rooted in a deep interest in social behaviors and perceptual fields.
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Gräf has produced sound and video work from projects she designed with people with Alzheimer’s such as The Guitars Project and The Hilgos Project to explore agency within the context of memory loss. She has created a number of pieces that explore social behavior within the context of server/consumer dynamic in pieces like Threshold for Action and Sound, where the audience’s menu selections generates a score for the musicians and food servers. In 2009 she formed The Stone Carving Oraclestra, which uses Experimental Archeology and the use of phonemes to channel sonic “readings” for members of the audience. In 2009 she premiered Proud Flesh, an experimental Western shot in the Badlands of South Dakota that contains an original score by Gräf and collaborator Chiara Giovando. In 2009 she was commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago to create Osmosymbiotic Echo, a sound installation for the Chicago Lincoln Park Conservatory’s Fern Room.
Gräf uses the Tranoe, a tactile analogue synthesizer designed for her by Peter Blasser, through which she processes a range of sound sources. Blending non-static patterns with composed sequences her work blurs the lines between noise and song structure.
Gräf regularly performs her work in venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. For a link to some of her releases: https://jennygraf.bandcamp.com/