Jennifer Parker
Since 2009
Works in Santa Cruz, California United States of America

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TRANSMUTATIONS: Sound, Data, and Mechanics

Sat Mar 26, 2011 07:00 - Fri May 13, 2011

San Francisco, , California
United States of America

Exhibition Description:
TRANSMUTATIONS by sonicSENSE at GAFFTA is a site-specific information
ecology, consisting of a complex series of sound sculptures, machines,
video projections and sensors. Two systems drive this project: user
interaction and data visualizations. User interactivity produces a wide
range of soundscapes, data projections and mechanical sounds that
collect and distribute media into the exhibition space. Data content for
TRANSMUTATIONS consists of, data parsed from auscultation libraries,
audio from the California Library of Natural Sounds at the Oakland
Museum of California, data collected from the UCSC Arts and Physics Lab
and on-site data in the gallery space.
By taking data out of archives, pie charts and graphs and giving it a
physical form through sculptural, audio and visual means, we aim to
build a compelling experience synthesizing scientific research with new
media as a method of engaging community participation. We believe in the
concept of learning by doing, that material exploration is an important
part of the understanding process and that explaining through tangible
tools, where people can actually touch, explore and play with
information, is essential to collaborative communication and visual
TRANSMUTATIONS is the most recent iteration of the sonicSENSE
platform created by Barney Haynes and Jennifer Parker in collaboration
with Mechatronics graduate students in the Digital Art New Media program
and the Arts + Physics Lab at the University of California Santa
Cruz.SonicSENSE created by Barney Haynes and Jennifer Parker in 2008, is
an expandable and evolving site for art, culture, new technologies,
digital media, collaboration, and participation. SonicSENSE uses the
creative diversity of computational media and traditional visual art
practices to cultivate space for sharing, questioning, and exploring
interdisciplinary frameworks, methodologies, and experiences. Each
exhibition of the platform is a new iteration consisting including
artists, composers, scientists and programmers.
With support from UCSC Arts Research Institute, UC Institute on
Research in the Arts, California College of the Arts, The Oakland Museum
of California, and UCSC OpenLab Network.
Selected Projects:
StellarMATTER: the life of a star
Nathan Kandus, Joe Cantrell, Barney Haynes, Jennifer Parker, Dustin Raphael, and Robert da Silva
StellarMATTER uses life-cycle data from multiple simulated stars to
exemplify the relationship between stellar matter and life on Earth,
allowing the viewers to take control over the life of a star. In giving
viewers the power to change the parameters determining the physical
characteristics of the star, mass and age they are able to manipulate
the temperature, luminosity, gravity, and element being produced in the
star, as well as a variety of other characteristics. A spectral filter
applied to the sound recordings directly translates the astral light
spectrum information of a star. Additional, information is displayed in
the form of “physical bar graphs” which move above the viewer’s head.
BubbleTRANSIT: an erosive drawing mechanism
Barney Haynes, Jennifer Parker and Kevin Murphey
BubbleTRANSIT uses air, water and sound as an erosive drawing
mechanism to reveal digital portraits and internal sounds of the body. A
robotic arm blows bubbles into a tank of water as a viewer stands on a
vibrating ramp looking into a mirror. A computer-generated voice deploys
actions to the viewer to secure a digital portrait. An erosive drawing
produced by the tracking of air bubbles in the tank reveals the
portrait, layered directly on top of the last image.
The air bubbles in the tank and the viewer on the ramp inform the
spacialized sound for the installation. The sounds are found
audio-clips from Auscultation libraries on the Internet. Auscultation is
the technical term for listening to the internal sounds of the body,
usually using a stethoscope.
California’s Natural Sounds

Haynes, Jennifer Parker, Andre Marquetti and Amasa Warner
SoundPool is an interactive sound installation for viewers to
dynamically interact with the Oakland Museum of California’s Natural Sounds
archive. The archive of audio recordings is a comprehensive collection of
nature sounds with an emphasis on California species and environments. It
includes the sounds of specific insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and
mammals, as well as natural, ambient soundscapes.
PhaseSpace, a study of choas
A collaboration with Nathan Kandus, Jill Naiman and Rachel Strickler
PhaseSpace is a study of the nature of chaotic systems. A double
pendulum-a pendulum mounted onto the bottom of another pendulum-is a
system that swiftly becomes unpredictable, yielding a wide variety of
exciting and unpredictable movements. This pendulum, which can swing
more than ten feet off the ground, is a mesmerizing and imposing object.
To give light to some aspects of this chaotic system, a display next to
the pendulum produces ‘drawings’ of various physical quantities of the
pendulum’s movement.
When a chaotic system is mapped in a six-dimensional space (also
known as phase space: three spatial dimensions and a corresponding
velocity to each), it becomes possible to take a surface of section from
this phase space. A surface of section plots position versus velocity,
and can be used to display both deterministic and chaotic systems. When
using a surface of section to understand a chaotic system, the visual
result is a somewhat ordered plot. This order seems to come out of
nowhere, considering that the system it is modeling is unpredictable;
yet this reveals a deeper nature of the chaotic system.
SonicSENSE and GAFFTA Open-Call for Submissions
In the spirit of collaboration and participation of open platforms for
innovation, we will be accepting visualizations throughout the duration
of the TRANSMUTATIONS exhibition. Submission details here:


SonicSENSE at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts: open call for Processing Visualizations

Tue Mar 15, 2011 00:00

San Francisco, California
United States of America

SonicSENSE is currently accepting Processing visualizations to be exhibited with our up-coming exhibition TRANSMUTATIONS at Gray Area Foundations of the Arts (GAFFTA) in San Francisco, CA. Submissions will be accepted throughout the duration of the exhibition, however priority will be given to sketches received by 3/15/11 for inclusion at the opening reception on March 26, 2011. Visualizations should include one or more of the following phenomena: stellar evolution, star structure, star properties, nuclear fusion, spectrum luminosity and or chemical composition of a star as an inspiration for the visualization. 

TRANSMUTATIONS builds upon an electronic information ecology
framework consisting of a complex series of sound sculptures, machines, video projections and sensors that employ viewers' reactions as one of the interface systems. This interactivity produces a range of soundscapes, data projections and mechanical noises that collect and distribute media into the exhibition space at GAFFTA. Programming content for TRANSMUTATIONS will consist of sound files from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, data parsed from UCLA's research in upper atmosphere and space physics, UCSC Art & Physics Lab, audio from the California Library of Natural
Sounds at the Oakland Museum of California, MAST astronomical data archive, andon-site data from sensors placed near the gallery.
SUBMISSIONS for inclusion at the opening reception must be received by 3/15/11. We will continue to accept submission through May 9th. Accepted submissions will be projected on a rotating basis throughout the duration ofthe exhibition.

You can use your own data, mine it from various on-line sites (ie:, or you can use data that we’ve listed on our website
Send all submissions via email to
Please include a brief statement describing how your work addresses the topic for the open call and the data sets you are using to create the sketch.
Please include your CV and brief bio.The first round of submissions shall receive a reply by 3/20/11. The show will take place March 26 – May 13, 2011. There will be an opening along with viewings by regular viewing hours and by appointment. Please acknowledge that we cannot accommodate all submissions.
*sonicSENSE and GAFFTA will not provide any financial assistance for artists or the creation of artworks.



Thu Mar 19, 2009 00:00 - Mon Feb 16, 2009

Czech Republic

Barney Haynes and Jennifer Parker
March 20 - April 3
opening: Thu., March 19

sonicSENSE is a collaborative ongoing project of two media artists and teachers from California. It is constructed as an interdisciplinary human-machine interface, reacting on local conditions and environment.The platform evolved from a series of conversations and ideas between electronic artist Barney Haynes and sculptor Jennifer Parker. sonicSENSE is a meeting place for art, culture, new technologies, digital media and participation. sonicSENSE uses the creative diversity of computational media and traditional visual art practices to cultivate space for sharing, questioning, and exploring interdisciplinary frameworks, methodologies and experiences in both physical and virtual space.

One of their intentions is to support, contextualize, and advance the use and understanding of digital tools and methods for research and teaching in the arts and humanities. The other intention is to create a rich variety of projects for the sonicSENSE platform that develop electronic databases, publications, software tools, services and communication systems in the arts through the open-source paradigm.