A performative lecture and demonstration of Masaoka’s pioneering interactive work using the biological response of plants. Masaoka’s works with plants have been exhibited at NIME, Ircam, France, the Gutenberg Sound Art Academy, Germany Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors (Instrument Making).  Masaoka is a sound artist and Associate Professor at Columbia University, and the Director of Sound Art Program.

This program is in conjunction with TELLINGS: A Post-Human Vocal Concert, featuring Erin Gee, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Tsēmā Igharas, Stephanie Loveless, and Miya Masaoka.

Co-curated by Maiko Tanaka and Myung-Sun Kim.

Co-presented in partnership with Trinity Square Video and Graduate Studies OCAD University. Special thanks to Canadian Music Centre for technical support on the project.

The Toronto Biennial of Art Co-Relations Program is made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

Image credit: O Plant! by Miya Masaoka. Photo credit: Quniton Maldonaldo


Graduate Gallery of OCADU
205 Richmond St W
Toronto ON
M5V 1V3

November 16


Miya Masaoka (born in Washington, USA; lives in New York City, NY, USA) is an American artist and composer. Her work explores bodily perception of vibration, movement, and time while foregrounding complex timbre relationships. Her work has been presented at the Venice Biennale; MoMA PS1, New York City; Kunstmuseum Bonn; and the Caramoor, NY. She is a 2019 Studio Artist for the Park Avenue Armory, and has previously received a Doris Duke Artist Award, Fulbright, and Alpert Award in the Arts. She teaches at Columbia University, New York City where she is the Director of the Sound Art Program.