Jenny Gräf is a Baltimore based artist who works with the social dimension of art and the consequences of performance. She is interested in using art to explore perceptual states and social pretexts. That art must not always be a product of a particular form of personal agency and instead become a mutually produced reality, between people is a fact that is supported by her work. She has engaged people in the production of a restaurant in the basement of her home, she has designed projects for a group of women with Alzheimer’s in which the guitar serves as voice, and she started the Stone Carving Oraclestra, which explores Experimental Archeology and the use of phonemes to channel “readings” for members of the audience.
Her sound work includes solo work and long term collaborations with MV Carbon (in Metalux) and other such as John Wiese, James Twig Harper, Marcia Bassett, Chiara Giovando and Susan Alcorn. She has been commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago to create an a sound installation in the Fern Room at the Chicago Lincoln Park Conservatory. She has also worked on several films such as I Remember Better When I Paint a film that explores the cognitive impact of creativity on those with Dementia. With Chiara Giovando, she wrote, directed and created a sound score for Proud Flesh, an experimental Western shot in the Badlands.
Gräf’s work has been performed and exhibited at PS 1 in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Maryland Film Festival, Mukha Museum in Antwerp, MOFFOM Festival In Prague, Ladies Fest in Copenhagen, and the Director’s Lounge in Berlin.