Sound Shapes and Ear Dances / Tribute to Maryanne Amacher

Tribute to Maryanne Amacher

Friday, October 22, 2010
4p lecture and roundtable, bartos theater
8p sonic presentations, the cube
lower level wiesner building (E15) at MIT

The Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is proud to host this tribute to the late Maryanne Amacher, a pioneering sound artist and former MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) fellow on the first anniversary of her death, October 22, 2010.

Amacher was a fellow at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) during the 1970s, and CAVS founder Gyorgy Kepes is credited as one of her primary influences. Amacher was a student of Karlheinz Stockhausen in the 1960s, a collaborator of John Cage and Merce Cunningham in the 1970s and 1980s, and a teacher at Bard College until her death in October 2009.  She was a seminal figure in acoustics, architectural installation, and the physiological phenomenon called otoacoustic emission. In 2005 she was awarded the Prix Ars Electronica.

Speakers and Performers

  • Anne Hilde Neset is Deputy Editor of The Wire magazine. 
  • Florian Hecker is a German artist. He has given numerous international audio presentations and solo exhibitions include.
  • Kevin Drumm is an experimental musician based in Chicago.
  • Jessica Rylan Piper is an artist, performer, and engineer, investigating the history and future of technology.
  • Micah Silver is an artist and curator who worked for three years with Maryanne Amacher on her final and unfinished work at EMPAC.
  • Robert The is a book cutter/sign painter living in Kingston, New York, and was a close friend and confidant of Maryanne Amacher for many years.  Silver and The initiatited the Amacher Archive.


This event is supported by funds from the Dean’s Office of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and by a Director’s Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT. The participation of Anne Hilde Neset has been generously supported by the Office of Contemporary Art Norway.