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    Documentary Studies Collaborative
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    Offices: Filene Hall, 2nd Floor

    DocLab: Scribner Library 113

Adam Tinkle
Director of MDOCS

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Director of MDOCS
Assistant Professor in Media Studies
Artist and Musician

Adam’s practice embraces sound, music,  video, performance, embodied/participatory strategies, nonfiction, multimodal scholarship, and a heavy dose of collaboration. Born and raised in Portland, ME, he studied music with avant-garde legends Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, Anthony Davis, and Pauline Oliveros, completing an MA (on nonfiction sound performance) and a PhD (on experimental music and co-creation) at UC San Diego. Some representative projects suggest the range of Adam’s soundworld: an ambisonic sound design for How to Tell a True Immigrant Story (a 360 VR documentary, premiered at Locarno Film Festival); “A Mess of Things” (a documentary solo performance and artist’s book that explores family archives as inheritance and burden); the Universal Language Orchestra (a children’s ensemble that improvised on and composed for invented instruments);  “The Hard Problem” (a sci-fi podcast co-created with Marina Abramović and novelist Kim Stanley Robinson, at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination); “They Shoot Lasers, Don’t They?” (a series of performances and an album with inventor Joe Mariglio, whose works have premiered at Stanford’s and NYU); Dawn Koras (an album-length exploration of the Kathmandu soundscape), as a member of the collaborative music-installation-radio collaborative Seven Count, a series of broadcasts, gallery exhibitions, albums, and publications ongoing since 2016. His current musical projects include Polyana, a singer-songwriter album about de-partnering and optimism with production by Pete Donnelly (The Figgs, NRBQ) and Noah Prebish (Psymon Spine); and Sun Dogs, a sci-fi jazz project with keyboardist Dominique Vuvan, that has shared stages with leading experimental bands like Suuns and Medecine Singers.  His “visual music” practice, reimagining uses for antique TV equipment, yields glimmering, painterly abstractions and immersive spaces that propose intimate and vulnerable explorations of screenlight and screenlife, was subject of the solo exhibition Screenbathing at the Arts Center of the Capital region, and provided the material in Farillon, a monumental abstract chiming timepiece installed in the inaugural Troy Glow light art festival. At Skidmore College since 2014, he has participated in the development of Media and Film Studies and MDOCS since the inception of both programs. 

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  • Courses:
  • + Intro to Audio Storytelling
  • + Intro to Media and Film Studies
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