Laetitia Sonami

"Your Presence is Required: Performance, Control, and Magnetism"

Date 11/18/13

Affiliation Artist, Performer, Professor, San Francisco Art Institute


Composer, performer and sound artist Laetitia Sonami will present an overview of work carried out over three decades, including her legendary "lady’s glove," wire writings, hijacked plungers and current attraction to uncontrollable interfaces.

The trajectory of Sonami’s research is guided by careful attention to the notion of presence in both the staged performative works and its concomitant gesture of embodiment in installations. Exploring invisible media on the electromagnetic plane, Sonami’s unique approach questions the validity of “efficiency” long associated with the medium. Rather, she poses a series of questions which invite viewers to discover new behaviors through erratic performance, and to project imagined connections onto networks of silent copper.


Laetitia Sonami was born in France and settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in live electronic music. Recent projects include the "lady’s Spring Spyre"–an uncontrollable controller for live performance, "Sound Gates," a public sound installation on a 2.5 km pier in Rijeka, Croatia, and "Sheepwoman," a live film in collaboration with SUE-­C, based on a Murakami novel. Sonami has received numerous awards, including the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Awards. She is currently visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College, and the Bard College MFA Summer program.

-- As of 11/18/13

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