Jessica Rylan

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Jessica Rylan Piper is an artist and engineer. She was a Research Affiliate at MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies from 2006-2010. She has built synthesizers for playing music, and for sound installations. Between 2005 and 2007 she gave nearly 200 performances across the U.S. and Europe. Her music has been published by RRR, Weird Forrest, Important, and numerous cassette labels. Recent projects include a workshop to build circuits that make drawings, and a mise-en-abyme sculpture of the Queens Museum of Art (QMA), scaled to fit inside the model of the QMA in the museum’s panorama of New York. Measuring 40 micrometers x 100 micrometers, the sculpture is much smaller than a grain of sand. In 2010, she presented the paper “Simple Autonomous Chaotic Circuits” at the American Physical Society March meeting. The paper was later published in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-II. She has received grants from the Penny McCall Foundation, the LEF Foundation, and Meet the Composer, and an academic scholarship from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She earned her MFA from Bard College in 2003, and her BSEE from University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2010. She is currently a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford.


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