Award-winning artist Jeff Talman has created installations for the MIT Media Lab, The Kitchen, the City of Cologne, Germany, bitforms, Eyebeam, Art Interactive, Art Omi and others. Self-reflexive resonance, in which the inherent ambient resonance of an installation site becomes the sole sound source for an artwork, is Talman's unique achievement. His installation VANISHING POINT 1.1 (1999) was historically the first work to use this technique. The New York Times, WIRED Magazine and other publications immediately recognized the resulting installations.

Recent major awards include a 2006 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Sound Art and a 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Computer Arts. Recent artist residencies include Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany and the Åland Archipelago Artist Residency in Kökar, Finland. Upcoming artist residencies include the Rodriguez-Amat Foundation in Les Olives, Costa Brava, Spain and at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Visby (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Gotland, Sweden.

Talman's video, sculptural and graphic work relates to the nature of light and sound as primal radiant forces. Recent video includes elemental spectral light projection, multi-faceted views of cathedral columns and the mist of a simple human breath as framed by the sky. Large-scale steel resonators, rods and aluminum plates are among the resources for recent sculpture. Print media work includes spectrographic images of architectural spatial sounds from important interiors including those recorded on site in the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum, NYC, the Temple of Debod in Madrid, the Pantheon in Rome, Hagia Sofia in Istanbul and over 100 religious sites in Europe.

Jeff Talman was born and raised in Pennsylvania (USA) where he studied piano while enjoyng a mostly idyllic youth filled with daily tramps in the woods, swimming, bicycling and baseball. He attended and eventually taught and directed orchestras at Columbia University and the City College of New York. Later he taught at the Massachusetts College of Art. Training as a composer was with Jack Beeson, Chou Wen Chung, Jan Meyerowitz and Lester Trimble.

He began shaping sounds with computers in 1984. Two years later he produced and hosted a weekly show of new music that continued to run for six years on WKCR-FM, New York City. At this time he was also reviewing for EAR Magazine. In the 1990’s his career path also turned to educational and commercial audio with BR Productions in Manhattan, where he orchestrated numerous works and directed the mastering of over one hundred audio CD's.

In 1996 his sound work moved from concert stage to the Anna Kustera art gallery in Manhattan when a small video installation featured his sound design. The mode of presentation spoke to him: later that year, feeling bound by tradition and the formality of most classical music presentation, he moved to Prague in the Czech Republic and explored alternative modes of expression. After numerous trips to the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the building yielded a revelatory moment. In the cathedral Talman began to first understand that ambient resonance itself might possibly serve as a sound source and plastic art material. He returned to New York in 1997 and began sound tests in Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Little Italy, while working in the radio software industry for Dalet Digital Media Systems, a part-time position he dropped in 1999 in order to devote more time to art.

Today Jeff Talman's precedent-setting installations are featured in museums, galleries, universities, religious buildings and other large, dramatic and/or historic spaces. Often noted for their conceptual and visceral impact, the installations offer an electrifying, sensual range of sound, light, gesture, object, image and physical force. While urging the observer to a reevaluation of the tactile, they introduce metaphor and underscore the physicality of space through which sound emanates and soars.

With continuing artist residencies, speaking engagements, panel discussions, colloquia, formal presentations of academic papers and recent exhibitions in America, Europe and Asia, Jeff Talman is recognized as an international artist of merit, an expert presenter and a staunch arts advocate. Recent presentations were given before the International Society for Literature, Science and the Arts in Paris, France; at Hamburg-Holzhauer Galerie in Hamburg, Germany; at Art Interactive, Cambridge, MA; at panoramaART in Cologne, Germany during World Youth Days, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, before the Society for Literature Science and the Arts, Chicago; for open-node Chicago; at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI and elsewhere.

Solo exhibitions in 2005 included three new installations for the SOUND MASS show, which was presented by bitforms in Manhattan. Two other large-scale, new installations were also presented simultaneously in Chicago: St. James Cathedral featured ABSOLUTE ELSEWHERE, and IN TRANSIT was staged in the atrium of the InterContinental Hotel. Another new installation, HEARING CURVED SPACE, was presented on the Baltic island of Kökar, Åland, Finland. Additionally, his VOLUMINA-X, an indoor version of the VOLUMINA EX-CATHEDRAL installation, was featured at panoramaArt in Cologne, Germany.

Jeff Talman lives and works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is represented in the states by bitforms, NYC. He is an Assistant Professor at Emerson College in Boston where he teaches Sound Composition, Installation and Time In Art.