Helen Thorington is a
writer, sound composer, and media artist. Her radio documentary, dramatic, and
sound works have been aired nationally and internationally for the past twenty-six
years. Thorington has also created compositions for dance (Bill T. Jones and Arnie
Zane Dance Company), film (Barbara Hammer), and installation that premiered at
The Kitchen, the Berlin Film Festival, the Whitney Biennial, and the Whitney Museum
of American Art's annual Performance series. She has also taken part as a composer
in a number of national and transatlantic distributed musical performances.
Internet work includes Solitaire, an experimental narrative and card game
with Marianne Petit and John Neilson (1998); and Adrift (1997-2002), an
evolving multi-location Internet performance collaboration with Marek Walczak
and Jesse Gilbert, for which she was awarded a 2001 fellowship from the New York
Foundation for the Arts in Emerging Forms for Digital Art. Adrift's final performance
took place at the New Museum of American Art. She has won numerous awards and
commissions, most recently for 9.11.01 Scapes and Calling to Mind,
which is currently in a traveling exhibit in Europe.
Thorington is a published
author, most recently in two issues of Contemporary Music Review and the soon
to be released book edited by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Pat Harrigan, Second Person.
Her articles have also appeared in Style, EAR, and Black Ice, and online including
the Walker Art Museum.
She is co- director of the independent media organization,
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. with offices in New York City and Boston,
the founder and producer of the national weekly radio series, New American Radio
(1987-98), and founder and current co-producer of somewhere.org and the Turbulence
web site (1996-present). Turbulence commissions artists who creatively explore
the Internet and wireless networks. In 2004, she, Jo-Anne Green and Michelle Riel
initiated the networked_performance blog on the Turbulence site.