Jane Foley (b. 1985, New Orleans) is a sculpture, sound, and new media artist living in Atlanta, Georgia (US). They have created sound sculptures for the Architecture Triennale in Lisbon, Portugal and La Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille, France with Zurich-based Sound Development City, as well as produced a sound composition that played in taxicabs throughout the 5th Marrakech Biennale in Morocco. In Atlanta, they have created public works for the High Museum, Dashboard Co-op, The Atlanta Contemporary, and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, among others. Foley currently teaches art at Georgia State University and Emory University after having recently completed an MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Foley’s sound works explore isolation versus connectivity in public spaces, beginning with deep listening through field recordings and spontaneous collaborations. They often travel to investigate suppressed histories of cities through the lens of recorded sound, which has taken them and their work to many distant places including remote Iceland, Lisbon, Marseille, Marrakesh, and Linz. They then interpret these cultural artifacts into sound sculptures and video installations, specifically tailored to each sound composition. Drawing on their experience as a former collegiate synchronized swimmer, Foley has recently been mashing up the visual language of water, leisure, and sport to find gestures of support and intimacy through digital media. This work includes making underwater videos with performers in swimming pools and using sensitive underwater microphones to capture the swimmer as an acoustic instrument.
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