Daniel Rothman



Ballona Project

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The Ballona Project is an immersive and intimate virtual experience inside the complex of Los Angeles’s remaining fragile urban wetlands.  It offers a diaristic perspective of the wildlife that depends on the health of this habitat from season to season, threatened by human activity both near (wastewater) and far (Thwaites Glacier), with effects both immediate and gradual.  The Ballona Project combines art and science so that the human scale is not privileged over its resident birds, insects, reptiles and butterflies.  It is an initiative that integrates citizen science with environmental science and innovative artistic practices. 

As an artist working primarily in the sound domain, the temporality of signals and what their life sources express with them it is never lost on me.  Virtual Reality could never replace nature, but we can be better attuned through it, and then be better in our natural world and to it.

About the Artist

Daniel Rothman is a Los Angeles-based composer and audio/video installation artist, whose work has been commissioned, performed, installed, and recorded by international musical artists and international arts organizations and institutions. 

He had been a faculty member in music composition and critical theory at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) between 1994 and 2006, and had been visiting faculty at Mills College (1994) and the Darmstadt Internationales Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (1996).  Artist residencies include Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Paris), ExperimentalStudio des SWF (Freiburg), Institut für Elektroakustiche Musik (Graz), Brooklyn College Computer Music Center, and Dansk Institut fur Elektroakustiche Musik (Århus).

He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Commission (1995) for his audio/video chamber opera Cézanne’s Doubt, premiered at the 1996 Stierischer Herbst (Graz, Austria); other notable awards include the Argosy and Rockefeller Foundations, and French Ministry of Culture. 

He was the founder and Director of Wires Center for New & Experimental Music (1991-2001), which, for a decade, produced a series of monthly concerts of new and emerging composers and performers, and three international festivals in cooperation with institutions throughout Los Angeles, including Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Artistic collaborators include visual artists Elliot Anderson, James Campbell, William Leavitt, Holly Tempo and Paul Tzanetopoulos, and writer Yoko Tawada.

His music is commercially available on recordings by pianist Eric Huebner (Albany); Quatuor Bozzini (Éditions QB); Das Klarinettenduo (Zeitkang); Dansk Institut fur Elektroakustische Musik (Da Capo); Mary Nessinger and Jeanne Golan (Albany); David Smeyers and Mark Trayle (Los Angeles River Records); Cézanne’s Doubt, chamber opera featuring Thomas Buckner, Kent Clelland, Ted Mook, Wadada Leo Smith and David Smeyers (New World Records). 

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