Erin Gee is a Canadian artist and composer who explores digital culture through metaphors of human voices in electronic bodies. Working across musical performance, choral composition, robotics, and audio art, Gee’s practice is distinguished by an interdisciplinary approach to sound in art and music, as well as in areas of technology, science and engineering. She received an MFA from Concordia University in 2014, and also studied music composition as a private student of Brian Cherney (2013).
Gee’s work has shown internationally, most recently at NRW Forum, Germany (2018), Lydgalleriet, Norway (2018), Digifest Toronto, Canada (2018), Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada (2017), and MediaLive Festival at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, USA (2017). She has collaborated with artists and composers such as Hamilton Children’s Choir, Stelarc, Andrea Young, and neurophysiologist Vaughan Macefield.
Gee was Assistant Professor in the department of Communication Studies at Concordia University from 2015-2017, teaching in areas of sound production, gender and technology, and sound studies.
Gee’s current research in sonification of physiological markers of emotion has led to the development of open-source tools for biosensing, and she is currently a research associate at the University of Maine in the department of chemical and biomedical engineering, developing creative and open-source technology with her group BioPUNKS. In the summer of 2018 she is artist in residence at IEM Graz for the Algorithms that Matter residency, developing processes for “embodied algorithmicity” in sound. Her research in physiological markers of emotion has been noted by Scientific American, VICE, MusicWorks, Canadian Art magazine, and the National Post, among others.
Gee has published academic work in Leonardo Music (2013) as well as eContact! Journal of Canadian electroacoustic community (2010). Gee is also the creator of futurefemmes, an online blog archived by Cornell University featuring interviews, showcased work and links to relevant articles on the topic of women working in technological culture.
Gee has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, as well as support from the Conseil des Arts de Montreal, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. She is grateful for their continued support of the arts.