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Somaya Langley

Somaya Langley has a background in sound/media arts and digital libraries/archiving. Both her professional and artistic interests lie somewhere in the realm between ideas, information, technology, socio-politics, communities and empowerment. Somaya has worked in the fields of online delivery and digital preservation for the Australian Music Centre and the National Library of Australia, which included the projects MusicAustralia and the Library's Digital Collections. She was Production Manager of the International Society of Contemporary Music 2010 World New Music Days festival and was a Co-Director of the 2008 and 2009 Electrofringe festivals. In 2009 she was Co-Curator of Transit Lounge, a partner project of Berlin's transmediale festival. In 2010 and 2011 she worked as a part-time Producer for the Australian Music Unit of ABC Classic FM and undertook research to develop a scoping study report on Archives in the Digital Era for the Australia Council for the Arts.

Her work has been presented and performed in conferences and festivals throughout Australia and internationally including Cells Button, DOCAM Symposium, SEAM Symposium, the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA), Tuned City, New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), das kleine field recordings festival, Liquid Architecture, the NOW now festival, the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD), UNAUSTRALIA - the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference, Sound Lab Channel III, Electrofringe, the Australasian Computer Music Conference (ACMC), the Australasian Sound Recording Association (ASRA) Conference, the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM), the Totally Huge New Music Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Skylounge.In addition, from 1997 to 2007 she presented a radio programme, SubSequence, broadcast in Canberra and across the Australian Community Radio Network.

Somaya’s arts practice focuses on embodied and immersive experiences mediated by technology, to initiate socio-political dialogue. This has included, ID-i/o (a live solo audiovisual sensor-performance endeavour), the Suspect Backpack (a wearable mobile intervention), and Mobile Patters (a wearable audio experience). Collaborative installation and performance projects over the past decade include Collars with media artist Alexandra Gillespie, MetaSense with sound technologist Nick Mariette and HyperSense Complex with Dr. Alistair Riddell and Simon Burton. Somaya was also a member of the research project Thinking Through the Body, initiated by George Khut and Lizzie Muller along with Jonathan Duckworth, Lian Loke, Garth Paine, Maggie Slattery and Catherine Truman.

Lives and works

Canberra
ACT
Australia
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