Sarah Drury

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
124 Annenberg Hall, 2020 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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SARAH DRURY is an associate professor in the Film and Media Arts department. She received a BA from Barnard College and graduate degrees from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts/NYU and from the Art & Media/Photography program of the International Center of Photography and NYU. Drury is a media artist working with video and sound across a range of installation, performance and network platforms. Her work with sensing technologies and media focuses on narrative, play and the emergent subject in diverse contexts, including gallery installation, performance art and theatrical forms, such as opera. Her recent work Mechanics of Place, designed in collaboration with Hana Iverson, is an “augmented reality” platform for user-generated virtual public artworks situated in various cities in which audience members use the camera view on their smartphones to participate. Her media design for Violet Fire, a multimedia opera about Nikola Tesla, includes interactive projections responding to the voices of singers and the movements of dancers, and was performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in 2006. She conceived and directed the performance work The Walking Project, which was made in collaboration with Cathy Weis, Shelley Barry, Lezlie Frye, Seth Erickson and Carol Marfisi and involved the creation of three sensor-based performances “speaking” the body with dis/abilities. Installations include The Listening Microphone, Voicebox, Vocalalia and Intervention Chants, which explore the expressive qualities of the voice in interaction with video and sound. Grants awarded to Professor Drury include two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Her work has been presented in national and international venues, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s New Wave Festival, ISEA International, Association of Computing Media Multimedia Conference, Performative Sites, the Brooklyn Museum, the Kitchen, Artists Space, Hallwalls, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Worldwide Video Festival at The Hague. Her work has also aired on PBS. Professor Drury has been a faculty member of the NYU Art & Media Program and served on the faculty of the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program. 

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