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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
United States

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Marina Rosenfeld


The GIDEST seminar is held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. All seminars take place in the GIDEST Lab at 411, 63 Fifth Avenue.

Sessions are devoted to discussion of pre-circulated papers that can be downloaded one week in advance by clicking on the presentation title below.


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Marina Rosenfeld

In preparation for Marina Rosenfeld's GIDEST seminar, please read the short paper at the link below and listen to her recent performance at the Vancouver New Music Festival, available here

Surface Species - Playback and the Object

Marina Rosenfeld is an artist and composer who lives and works in New York. Her works include compositions for choir, orchestra and complexes of loudspeakers; a series of conceptual electric-guitar orchestras (Sheer Frost Orchestra); and since 2008, a custom sound-system (P.A.) that she has composed for and deployed in monumental sites including New York’s Park Avenue Armory and Western Australia’s Midland Railway Workshops. Rosenfeld has also performed as an experimental turntablist since the late '90s, working with an ever-expanding palette of hand-crafted dub plates, alongside collaborators from Christian Marclay to Warrior Queen to Ralph Lemon, to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. 

Home Shit (dub plates), 2015, Photo: Marina Rosenfeld

Rosenfeld’s work has been presented at numerous biennials, festivals, and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum (including Whitney Biennials 2002 and 2008), the Holland Festival, Tate Modern, the Secession, and Wien Modern, among many others.

Teenage Lontano (Ljublana), 2012. Photo: Marina Rosenfeld

Upcoming projects in 2016 include collaborations with choreographer Maria Hassabi at the Museum of Modern Art and the Walker Art Center, and solo pieces at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and Mexico City's House of Gaga. She teaches in the MFA program at Bard College, where she co-chairs the department of Music/Sound.

Earlier Event: February 19
Antina von Schnitzler
Later Event: March 18
Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby