Fingers, 2017, by Nolan Lem
Image courtesy of Pro Arts

Sound Art Alumnus Nolan Lem ‘15 Solo Exhibition in Oakland

November 9, 2017

Sound Art alumnus Nolan Lem ‘15 is showcasing his first solo exhibition, Invisible Choirs, at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA. The exhibit “[focuses] on the emergence of artificially intelligent machines,” according to the gallery's website. Using “mixed media, kinetic and sound-based works,” as well as photography and digital rendering, Lem “questions the relationship between technological modes of production and physical labor, visibility and identity, and autonomy and monotony.” Invisible Choirs will run through December 1st, 2017.


Columbia’s MFA Sounds Art Program is an innovative program in which students have the opportunity to study across an array of disciplines including musical composition, engineering, music cognition, sculpture, and installation, to name a few.


Lem is currently completing his PhD in Computer-based Music Theory and Acoustics at Stanford University. He has premiered work at the Hayden Planetarium in the Museum of Natural History, and Pioneer Works Center, among other places, and has held residencies at MassMoCA and IRCAM. As an instrumentalist and composer, Lem has performed across the US and through Europe.


Samples of work from Invisible Choirs can be found here and here.

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