Yolande Harris is an artist and researcher exploring ideas of sonic consciousness, creating installations and performances with sound and video to create intimate and visceral experiences that heighten awareness of our relationship to the environment. Her projects consider techniques of navigation, expanding perception beyond the range of human senses, the technological mediation of underwater environments and our relationship to other species. Her projects on underwater sound aim to bring us closer to this inaccessible environment, encouraging connection, understanding and empathy with the ocean. She has exhibited at the House of World Cultures Berlin, the Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the Institute of Contemporary Art London, the Netherlands Media Art Institute and the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Awards include stipends from the Dutch Funds for Visual Arts Architecture and Design, fellowships at the Orpheus Research Center in Music in Ghent, the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, the Jan van Eyck Academy of Visual Arts in Maastricht, and a lectureship in Interaction Design at the Technical University of Eindhoven.
As Artist in Residence at the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media at the University of Washington in Seattle, Yolande developed collaborations with the Oceanography department resulting in her graduate seminar ‘Art and Environment’. As Assistant Professor in the Film/Animation/Video Department at Rhode Island School of Design she led students through senior year graduating projects in Open Media and Video. Currently Yolande lives and works in Santa Cruz California, where she is Affiliate Faculty with the Digital Arts and New Media MFA program and Lecturer in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Yolande holds a Ph.D. ‘Scorescapes: On Sound, Environment and Sonic Consciousness’ (Leiden University 2011), an M.Phil. in Architecture and Moving Image (University of Cambridge 2000), a B.A. in Music (Dartington College of Arts 1997), and studied music and art history at Edinburgh University (1995). In addition she studied with pioneers of experimental music and sound art including Lou Harrison, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, David Dunn, Peter Sculthorpe, Louis Andriessen and Michel Waiswisz.