Marina Rosenfeld

Marina Rosenfeld is a composer and artist based in New York. In recent years, her work has been widely commissioned by institutions in Europe and North America, including the Whitney Museum (Whitney Biennials 2002 and 2008); Stedelijk Museum; Tate Modern; The Kitchen; and Creative Time; and festivals including the Holland Festival, Donaueschingen, Ars Electronica, Wien Modern, Musikprotokoll, Pro Musica Nova, Maerz Musik, Mutek, and Los Angeles’ Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology, among many others. She has created scores for the Merce Cunningham and Douglas Dunn dance companies and has collaborated with artists including George Lewis, Christian Marclay, Ikue Mori, Lee Ranaldo, DJ Olive, and Anthony Coleman, among many others. Rosenfeld recordings can be found on Charhizma, Softl Music, Room 40 and Innova. She’s been a member of the faculty at Bard College’s Milton Avery School of the Arts in New York since 2003, and co-chair of its program in Music/Sound since 2007. More information at

Photo: Marina Rosenfeld


Installation open to the public: Saturday and Sunday, November 21 & 22, 2009, 12-6pm
Performance: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 7pm

Click here to view video clip of “P.A.”
(Videographer: Howard Silver and Photographer: William Lamson)

Borrowing its form from the “public-address” systems of social gathering places, Rosenfeld’s P.A. uses the massive airspace and complex social function of the Armory’s drill hall as both a reflecting and distorting structure. Rosenfeld has been an artist-in-residence at the Park Avenue Armory since 2008, when her acclaimed performance Teenage Lontano premiered in Wade Thompson Drill Hall as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Rosenfeld’s new work continues her exploration of sound, public space and music performance with an installation/performance that invites audiences entering the vast stillness of the Armory’s historic central hall into an almost architectural unfolding of sonic space.

P.A. is co-presented by Performa and Park Avenue Armory as part of the Performa 09 biennial; curated by Esa Nickle. P.A. is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Fervent Announcement, at MAPA festival, Catalonia, 2009

Teenage Lontano, at Park Avenue Armory, Whitney Biennial, New York, 2008

Teenage Lontano

As part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial.

Produced by the Whitney Museum of American Art in association with Park Avenue Armory Deploying both a live teenaged choir of 35 voices and a dynamic overhead speaker installation, Teenage Lontano filled Wade Thompson Drill Hall with sound and drew praise from New York Magazine, which described the work as “best of all…I felt the opening of a portal between a failed utopian past and the possibility that the more real present is already something to love. I was transported” (Jerry Saltz, 3/24/08).

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November 21 – 22, 2009
Marina Rosenfeld: P.A.
Co-presented by Performa and Park Avenue Armory