Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art

Jeff Talman

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1986, 1991, 1992

Jeff Talman has created installations with the sound of the stars and the Sun, with the polymetric rhythms of pulsars, the hum of the Earth, the sound of the ocean's depths, and that of a single kiss. His installations, often collaborations with scientists, have been presented in Cathedral Square, Cologne, Germany; the MIT Media Lab; The Kitchen, St James Cathedral in Chicago; Eyebeam; and other locations including four installations in the Bavarian Forest. He has also had installations at Marc Straus Gallery, NY (2013); St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University (2014 and 2015); and Rothko Chapel, Houston (2014) in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Huber, an astrophysicist at NASA. Cited by Intute at Oxford University as a “pioneer of the use of resonance in artworks,” his major achievement is the 15+ year exploration of reflexive resonance, a process he developed in which ambient resonance of an installation site becomes the installation’s sound source. Talman's Vanishing Point 1.1 (1999) first used this process and The New York Times, Wired Magazine, and other publications soon noted the installations. Awards include artist residencies and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2003, 2016) and the Guggenheim Foundation (2006).



Jeff Talman worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio with room for performance, Watson was used as a recital hall for chamber music for a…

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