Project: Whispering Pines ∞

Whispering Pines is an opera project by artist Shana Moulton and composer Nick Hallett that incorporates performance, interactive video and music. Its creators plan to reshape Whispering Pines 10, a previous collaboration, for the internet in the format of a serial drama, in addition to developing new material for the stage that will expand the live animation techniques and musical vocabulary of its predecessor. Whispering Pines aspires to create a form of opera that exists across media—from the stage to the gallery to the computer screen.

Awardee: Nick Hallett

Emerging Fields, 2013

Nick Hallett is a New York-based composer, vocalist and cultural producer. In addition to his collaboration with Shana Moulton (which has been performed at The Kitchen, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, PICA TBA Festival, Carolina Performing Arts and SFMOMA) he held the first RE:NEW RE:PLAY artist residency at the New Museum in 2009, and his work was included in Performa's 2007 and 2009 biennials. Hallett is the Music Director of the Joshua Light Show, a team of projection artists with roots in the psychedelic rock movement of the 1960s, which has performed to his original music at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, the Papalote Domo Digital for Mutek Mexico City and the Parrish Museum. He has composed music for videos by A.K. Burns/A.L Steiner, Joshua Thorson, Matt Wolf and Tara Mateik. As a vocalist, he has premiered works by Anthony Braxton and Susie Ibarra.

Awardee: Shana Moulton

Emerging Fields, 2013

Shana Moulton earned her BA from University of California, Berkeley, in art and anthropology and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has been an artist-in-residence at the LMCC Workspace Program, Smack Mellon, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Harvestworks, De Ateliers in Amsterdam and The Sommerakademie in Berne. Moulton has exhibited or performed at The New Museum, MoMA P.S.1, Performa 2009, The Kitchen, Electronic Arts Intermix, Art in General, SFMOMA, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Wiels Center for Contemporary Art in Brussels, The Migros Museum in Zurich and De Appel in Amsterdam, among others. Moulton’s work has been reviewed in The Village VoiceArtforum, The Brooklyn RailTheNew York Times, Artnet MagazineFrieze MagazineArt ReviewArtpress and Flash Art. Her work has appeared on Arte TV and she is a featured artist on Art21’s New York Close Up.