Cecilia Suhr is an intermedia artist and researcher, multi-instrumentalist (violin/cello/voice/piano), multimedia composer, interaction designer, painter, author, and improviser, who is working at the intersection between art, music, performance art, and interactive media/technology. More specifically, her latest work combines video, improvisational music performance, nonlinear storytelling, and participatory games (sometimes with the audience's participation).
Crossing the boundaries between audience and performer, analog and digital medium, sound and vision, and theory and practice, her creative work draws from various disciplines such as technology, interaction design, medicine, media studies, economy, philosophy, etc. In doing so, she aims to create innovative and provocative intermedia performances.
Her creative work was featured worldwide at New York City Electro-Acoustic Festival, International Multimedia Arts Festival, New Music Gathering, Splice Festival, Hot Air Music Festival, Moxonic Festival, Beast Feast, Irish Sound, Science & Technology Association, Performing Media Arts Festival, Festival of Contemporary Art Music, Oh My Ear Festival, SEAMUS, iDMAa, International Computer Music Association, Audio Mostly Conference, ACM International Conference on Multimedia, IEEE Games, Entertainment and Media Conference, Convergence, International Conference/Festival of Music, Technology & Ideas, Music Diaries Festival, Klingt Gut International Symposium on Sonic Art and Spatial Audio, CICA Museum, IANG Gallery, Pensacola Museum of Art, Outside the Box Biennial, Artech: International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts, National Associations of Composers, ELO Conference and Media Arts Festival, etc.
She won the 2022 Pauline Oliveros Prize from the 41st Search for New Music Competition by the International Alliance for Women in Music. She was also the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation, Digital Media and Learning Research Grant Award (2012), and was selected for the 2022 Asia Culture Center International Residency Award (declined due to timing), Other honors and recognitions include Honorable Mention in Mixed Media Category from New York City International Fine Art Contest held by Gateway Art Center NYC (2016), People’s Choice Award, Juried Exhibition, Pop Revolution Gallery, Mason, OH (2015), Saint Michael Special Achievement Medal, An International Juried Fine Arts Exhibition (2013), Special Recognition Award from International Abstracts Art Competition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (2012) and Faculty Achievement in Scholarship and Artistic Distinction Award (2021), Miami University Regional. OH.
Her work has been publicly collected by the Marina Tsvetaeva House Museum in Moscow, IANG Gallery, NamSeoul University (permanent collection), Sisters of St. Paul of Charities, and KT Korea.
As a researcher, she is an author of Social Media and Music: The Digital Field of Cultural Production (2012, Peter Lang Press) and Evaluation and Credentialing in Digital Music Communities (MIT Press, 2014). She also served as an editor and contributing author to Online Evaluation of Creative Arts (Routledge Press, 2014). Her articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Critical Arts, New Media and Society, International Journal of the Humanities, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, ACM conference proceeding, etc.
She holds an M.A. from New York University in Media Ecology, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Media Studies, and a certificate of completion in audio-visual practice from the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Humanities and Creative Arts as well as an Affiliate Professor of Art at Miami University Regionals, Ohio.