Rosa Park, a multi-disciplinary artist and educator, merges her diverse background and profound fascination with sound in her latest artistic venture. Grounded in her deep understanding of psychoacoustics, algorithmic composition, and digital fabrication, Park explores the subtle intricacies of sound, bridging the gap between the audible and imperceptible realms.
In her most recent undertaking, Park embarks on a poignant exploration, capturing the elusive topographical recordings of the earth’s nearly inaudible sounds and employing various methods to make the imperceptible audible. This project holds profound personal significance as she documents the topographical audio signature of a cherished cemetery in Korea, a sacred space where her beloved relatives rest eternally. As urban development threatens to transform this site, Park’s mission becomes all the more crucial, preserving the sonic essence of the place before it fades into oblivion.
Park’s project is an act of reverence and remembrance, a testament to the power of sound in capturing the essence of place and evoking a profound connection to our roots. By making the inaudible audible, she invites us to engage with the disappearing cemetery, its history, and the enduring legacy of her ancestors. It is a call to listen, to bear witness, and to honor the vanishing spaces that hold our collective stories.
“A Body I Touched: New Sonic Look on the Graveyards” is a hybrid form of multimedia installation that combines the soundscape of traditional gravesites with photography, aural sculpture, and live performance. I am interested in how sound as an infusion of the medium can create an immersive environment that can give a sense of an identifiable place, situating the audience in the context of an active engagement with the sonic and visual components of their represented surroundings.
For the project, I took an ecological approach to the composition of the soundscape for the project and documented a traditional gravesite of my family members and its exhumation ritual ceremony performed in my hometown. I collected the audio, photographs, videos, and archival materials from the graveyard and turned them into a form of an abstract sonic landscape of the gravesite using geophone-based microseismic technology for the soundscape design and experimented with the Photopolymer Gravure printmaking techniques for hand-crafted cinematic photography.
2016 Master of Fine Arts, Digital Media, Rhode Island School of Design
2014 Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts, University of British Columbia Okanagan
2008 Master of Fine Arts, Visual Communication Design, Seoul National University
HONORS AND AWARDS (SELECTED)
2022 Nominated for the Fleishhacker Foundation’s 2023-2025 Eureka Fellowship Program for Visual Artists
2022 The Marcus Early Career Research Award, The College of Liberal & Creative Arts, San Francisco State University
2022 2022-2023 Kala Art Institute Media Arts Award Fellowship
2022 GlogauAIR 2022-2023 Online Art Residency Berlin, Germany
2022 LCA Extraordinary Ideas Grants, The College of Liberal & Creative Arts, San Francisco State University
2022 The LCA RSCA (Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities) Recovery Award, San Francisco State University
2021 Best Use of Sound Award (Concert Piece), The 27th International Community for Auditory Display (ICAD)
2021 2021-2022 Kala Art Institute Media Arts Residency Award
2016 Best MFA Thesis Project Award, Digital + Media, Rhode Island School of Design
2016 Best MFA Written Thesis Award, Digital + Media, Rhode Island School of Design
2014 MFA Fellowship Award (Two-year), Rhode Island School of Design
2013 Graduate Student Research Award, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada
2013 University Graduate Fellowship (UGF) Award, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada
CREATIVE WORKS (SELECTED)
2023 Sound Design for a feature documentary film, “Searching for ” directed by Celine Parreñas Shimizu
2022 Sound Design, Rerecording, and Mixing for a feature documentary film, “80 Years Later,” directed by Celine Parreñas Shimizu
2022 “Your Child-Soul” | Artists’ Annual Exhibition (Group Exhibition), Kala Art Gallery, Berkeley
2022 “Memories”| Computer Music Composition, streamed on the ISSTA Listening Room on Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) Radio, Ireland
2022 “Algorithmic Music Composition for The Environment” | Computer Music Composition & Live Performance (online), the MUMUTH Haus für Musik und Musiktheater (House of Music and Theatre), Kunstuniversität Graz, Austria
2022 “Walking the Threshold:” Research on Spiritual Practices Through Expanded Cinema and Spatial Audio Experimentation | Video Installation, Kala Art Gallery, Berkeley
2021 “The Tree In My Backyard Is Tall And Strong” | Computer Music Composition & Live Performance (online), Charlotte New Music, New York
2021 “Pattern Play: Interactive Music System for The Environment” | Computer Music Composition & Live Performance (online), The 26th International Conference On Auditory Display (ICAD)
2019 “Pattern Play No.2” | Computer Music Composition & Live Performance (online), ISSTA 2020: SONIC PRACTICE NOW organized by ISSTA (Irish Sound, Science & Technology Association), Ireland
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