Senem Pirler

Sound and intermedia artist, Educator, Sonic improviser

Senem Pirler (she/her) is a sound and intermedia artist, and educator. Pirler’s interdisciplinary work crosses over into sound engineering, sound art, performance, video art, movement, and installation. Born in Turkey, she studied classical piano at Hacettepe State Conservatory and sound engineering & design at Istanbul Technical University (MIAM). She developed her artistry working as a composer and recording engineer before moving to the U.S. in 2010 to study Music Technology on a Fulbright Fellowship. Pirler earned her M.M. in Music Technology the Stephen F. Temmer Tonmeister Honors Track from NYU Steinhardt, and her Ph.D. in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her dissertation’s title was “Disruption, Dis/orientation, and Intra-action: Recipes for Creating a Queer Utopia in Audiovisual Space.” Pirler’s recent work has been exhibited at EMPAC, Roulette Intermedium, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Montalvo Arts Center, Mount Tremper Arts, and Collar Works, NY. Her work has been recognized by grants, residencies, and awards including most recently Institute for Electronic Arts residency, PACT Zollverein residency, Signal Culture residency, and The Malcolm S. Morse Graduate Research Enhancement Award to honor the work of Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening in 2018. Dr. Pirler joined the Bennington College faculty in Fall 2018.