The Maryanne Amacher Foundation

The Maryanne Amacher Foundation

Maryanne Amacher at work on her 1985
Maryanne Amacher at work on her 1985 “Mini Sound Series,” Sound House, during her residency at the Capp Street Project in San Francisco.

Maryanne Amacher (1938 – 2009) was a composer of large-scale fixed-duration sound installations and a highly original thinker in the areas of perception, sound spatialization, creative intelligence, and aural architecture. She is frequently cited as a pioneer of what has come to be called “sound art,” although her thought and creative practice consistently challenges key assumptions about the capacities and limitations of that genre. Often considered to be a part of a post-Cagean lineage, her work anticipates some of the most important developments in network culture, media arts, acoustic ecology, and sound studies.

The Maryanne Amacher Foundation was established in 2020 by a group of Amacher’s key friends, peers, and collaborators brought together by Blank Forms in order to promote and preserve Amacher’s work and legacy. Through the creation of exploratory seminars, research opportunities, public programs, and publications, the mission of The Maryanne Amacher Foundation is to broaden the greater public’s understanding of Amacher and her work.

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