Creating in an Elastic Umwelt
LIZ PHILLIPS is a New York-based artist that has been making interactive multi-media installations for the past 50 years. She creates responsive environments sensing wind, plants, fish, audience, dance, water, and food. Sound is her primary descriptive material. Audio and visual art forms combine with new technologies to create elastic time-space constructs.
Phillips has exhibited interactive sound installations at art museums, alternative spaces, festivals, and public spaces. These include; The Academy of Natural Sciences, The Milwaukee Art Museum, Queens Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Spoleto Festival USA, the Walker Art Museum, Ars Electronica, Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, The Kitchen, Rene Block gallery and Frederieke Taylor Gallery. Phillips has also collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Nam June Paik, Heidi Howard, Earl Howard, Simone Forti and Robert Kovich. Her work was presented by Creative Time, the Cleveland Orchestra, IBM Japan, and the World Financial Center. Public spaces as diverse as an alternative energy site in a wind turbine (1981) in the South Bronx, the anchorage under the Brooklyn Bridge, Peavy Plaza in Minneapolis and Art Park in Lewiston NY have been the locations of site-specific installations. “Waves Crossing” was commissioned and presented on Governors Island by Harvestworks and New York State Council on the Arts. “Relative fields in a Garden,” her largest sound installation, was commissioned for the center atrium at the Queens Museum. This twenty-two channel sound installation and mural were a collaboration with her daughter, Heidi Howard It was installed in the museum for a year and a half. In 2022 Annea Lockwood and Liz Phillips were commissioned to create two installations in Philadelphia, “The River Feeds Back” and ‘Inside the Watershed” by The Academy of Natural Sciences. These works can be experienced in Philadelphia until. October 30th., 2022.
Phillips received a B.A from Bennington College in 1973. In 1981. she co-founded Parabola Arts Foundation, a not for-profit organization created by five media artists from varied disciplines (music, sculpture, film, video.) Phillips received a Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous Individual and collaborative commissions from New York State Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts as a composer, video artist, audio artist and multi-media artist. She teaches workshops and lectures on Sound and Interactive Media (sculpture department) at Purchase College and at Columbia University in the MFA Sound Program. She has also curated several exhibitions of emerging artists and women making installations with sound.