Dr. Jasmine Guffond is an artist, composer and researcher working at the interface of social, political and technical infrastructures. Focused on electronic composition across music and art contexts her practice spans live performance, recording, installation and custom made browser add-on. Through the sonification of data she addresses the potential of sound to engage with contemporary political questions and engages listening as a situated knowledge practice. Interested in providing an audible presence for phenomena that lies beyond human perception, via the sonification of facial recognition algorithms, global networks, or Internet tracking cookies she questions what it means for our personal habits to be traceable, and for our identities, choices and personalities to be reduced to streams of data. By providing sensory access to otherwise intangible surveillance this aesthetic, socio-political strategy further questions the impacts of digital surveillance on our core communication infrastructures. If these are compromised how are we effected personally and more broadly when organising resistance to ongoing social, racial and environmental injustices?
Jasmine has exhibited internationally including composing sound for Shulea Cheang’s installation at the Taiwanese Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2019, and collaborating with Zorka Wollny on a sound installation for the Chicago Architecture Biennal, 2019. She has performed live internationally at electronic music and art festivals including opening for CTM festival (DE) in 2020 and a commission for Groupe de Recherches Musicales’ (GRM) acousmonium, premiered at Présences Électronique (FR) in 2022, and has released solo records to critical acclaim with the Sonic Pieces (2015, 2017), Karl Records (2018) and Editions Mego (2020) labels. She completed her Sound Studies masters at the Berlin University der Künste (UdK) in 2015, and her PhD in 2021. Her candidature was undertaken at the University of New South Wales Art, Design & Architecture department where she conducted research into sound and listening as a critical modes of inquiry into online surveillance cultures. She currently teaches at the Sound Studies department at UdK, Berlin, Germany.