J no.e Parker’s interest in creating integrative works that explore new pathways emerges from interconnections between visual art, sound, music, science, and technology. As a composer/artist/member of an increasingly globalized community, Parker’s work addresses issues such as pollution and environmental sustainability from a localized perspective. One way no.e achieves this is by re-contextualizing and re-aestheticizing phenomena found in daily life normally overlooked or taken for granted— exposing “new” and “mutated” realities of these common entities to her audiences.
A doctor of Digital Music Composition with concentration in data sonification, no.e has been an electronic music composer, performer and Dj since 1992, co-founding the Autonomous Mutant Festival (1996), San Francisco Bay Area’s SPaZ art and electronic music collective (1992), performing and publishing live electronic music under the names of saKAna, Dj sunflowrfish, and as half of the electronic music duo Planet Six.
Parker earned her B.S. in Textiles and Apparel Design from Cornell University, and an M.F.A. in Digital Art/New Media at UC Santa Cruz. While at UCSC, no.e developed Gamelan Plesetan, a live non-idiomatic improvisation project incorporating electronic performers, traditionally-trained gamelan musicians, motion capture video and gamelan-controlled video programmed with MAX/MSP/Jitter.
In addition, Parker received a Darmasiswa grant from the Indonesian Government to study Javanese, Balinese gamelan and Sundanese drumming at the Indonesian National Conservatory of Art in Yogyakarta, Java.
no.e’s work has been exhibited, presented, performed and screened at the Qianyang Bamboo Museum (Fujian, China), the National Museum of Brazil, the National Library of Latvia, University of California Riverside’s Culver Arts Center, the DNA Lounge (San Francisco, USA), Bledog Art Space (Ubud, Bali) and the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art (USA).
no.e has participated in art, video and sound festivals such as Soundgate: Sound Art Festival (Danish Museum of Modern Art, Alaborg, DN), the Surabaya Biennale Video Festival (Java, RI), Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival (Java, RI), Ubud Earth Day Festival (Bali, RI), and the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival (Bali, RI).
Parker has also received commissions to create and perform live electronic music for performance artists Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle’s Love Art Lab, as well as choreographers Crystal Sepulveda (Riverside, CA), Wendy Rogers (Berkeley, CA), Zubin Mohamad (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), and Rehane Abrahams (Capetown, South Africa). See the Dance Related page for further information and soundbites.
Other commissions include visual and sound environments for Theater Firefly (Bali, Indonesia), and sculptor Keiji Ujiie (Japan/Bali).
Parker’s dissertation abstract for Composing [De]Composition: Data Sonification for Sound Art and Music Composition has been ranked as one of the top 12 dissertation/thesis abstracts of 2017 by a Leonardo Journal peer review panel.
Chosen for its special relevance, it will appear in Leonardo Vol. 51, No. 5, October 2018.