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Nina Eidsheim: Powering Up/Powering Down

Nina Eidsheim (UCSD Digital) Faculty

Nina Eidsheim received her BFA at Agder Music Conservatory in Krisitansand, Norway. She was awarded her MFA in Performance from the California Institute of the Arts in 2001, and is currently pursuing a PhD Degree in Critical Studies and Experimental Practices at UCSD. Eidsheim explores the voice as a creative musician both within and outside the parameters of classical Western music. Influenced by the work of Wadada Leo Smith, she has developed a desire to address social and political issues in conjunction with her explorations of the boundaries of current vocal techniques and digital processing of the voice. As an artist-scholar, her work explores and attempts to destabilize the intersections of voice/machine, gendered voice/machine and the domestication of technology. She is a two-time recepient of the National Geographic Society Education Foundation (NGSEF) Grosvenor Grant (2002, 2003) for designing “Mapping the Beat”.

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