SOUL JUNK is an installation that immerses its audience in video and sound. It places participants inside a metaphoric mind at work, mimicking synaptic circuitry firing in the brain. Using extemporaneous performance clips, SJ juxtaposes emotionally raw insights and confessions about family trauma, love, and loss with meditations upon how corporate interests drive contemporary politics.

Supported by Queens Council on the Arts, QAF Award

Wappen Field is a sculpture and sound installation comprised of 12 chrome plated steel helmets resembling face guards. Each helmet’s dedicated speaker transforms the sculptural installation into an immersive audio environment. Vocal recordings, from seven diverse performers, created for Wappen Field by Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, are composed by Michelle Jaffé and spatialized algorithmically by David Reeder in SuperCollider. The visual and sonic configuration explores humanity’s inclination to arm, clothe and conceal, exposing the strategies we adopt to belong and protect ourselves from pain or annihilation. Armor is probed as a metaphor for public and private personae. The tribalism and militarism of our current social space is on full display.

Over time I have come to understand, Wappen Field is my deeply considered meditation on 9/11. Supported by NYSCA & NYFA.

Tea with Estelle is a webisode series in which she grapples with contemporary political events.

InEquality (#4) Estelle talks about post Brexit England, University Fees, Oxfam Scandal, the rise of Inequality, lack of Opportunity.

Anyone Can Apply for the Job (#3) Estelle thinks about the character worthiness of Trump as the potential US President.

What to Make of It?  (#2) Estelle contemplates her upcoming visit to New York, prior to the 2016 US elections.

Days & Confused  (#1) ruminates on the choice Estelle has made in the days just after "Brexit" when the UK voted to exit the EU. 


 

Neural: Cleave is adapatable. It is at times a 2 or 4-channel audio installation and  at other times a 5.1 Surround Sound installation. Neural: Cleave explores raw emotions, power, and intent conveyed and betrayed by the human voice. A woman offers deeply personal ruminations alongside observations about politics and society.  
 

In contrast to our highly mediated lives Awakening offers a moment to be present for an everyday occurrence, which so many beings on the planet, certainly city dwellers, no longer have much access or relationship to. Awakening documents the arc of coyotes, ravens, birds, insects, geese, and frogs greeting the day on an October dawn in deeply rural New Mexico at Walter de Maria’s “Lightning Field”.

The Booth Project is a Sound Work, installed in a Telephone Booth, as part of the Electro Acoustic Music Festival at Brooklyn College in April 2005. It is the final work I composed in MaxMSP at the end of my year as Artist-in-Residence to the Computer Music Department at Brooklyn College, New York.