Suzanne Thorpe

Jun 15 – Jul 14

Saturdays & Sundays 12 – 6pm

St. Cornelius Chapel, Governors Island

Co-presented with Harvestworks

Phloq is a multichannel work composed to evoke the sensorial experience of a flock of birds preparing for flight. Phloq‘s content addresses issues of communication and interference, referencing the swirling mass of information we encounter on a daily basis. Phloq creates a provocative space that allows the listener to suspend their ties to previously known aural reference points, creating a new and unexpected sensory experience.

Composed and created by Suzanne Thorpe

Design collaborator Paul Geluso


Suzanne Thorpe is an electroacoustic flutist, composer, and educator. Her compositions are site-specific works that tend to employ multi-channel systems, psychoacoustic phenomena, and aural harmonics. As an improviser, Thorpe has performed nationally and internationally with artists such as Chris Brown, Annette Krebs, Pauline Oliveros, and Gino Robair, among others.

Thorpe has been featured at local, national, and international experimental music and art venues and is a founding member of the critically acclaimed alternative rock group Mercury Rev, with whom she earned numerous critical accolades and a gold record. Thorpe has appeared in over 20 recordings on labels such as Sony, V2, Beggars Banquet, and Geffen, and most recently on J Mascis’ solo record Several Shades of Why and Pauline Oliveros’ Primordial Lift. Thorpe holds an M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Media from Mills College and currently teaches at Marymount Manhattan College and Parsons School of Design, where she focuses on digital audio workstations, field recording, sound theory, and the art of listening.

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Paul Geluso is an engineer, composer, musician, and educator who has been working with artists who use sound as a creative medium for more than 20 years. He has received individual artist grants for his electro-acoustic music from the New York State Council on the Arts and Meet the Composer. His solo and collaborative works have been presented at local, national, and international museums and art spaces. Geluso is currently on the full-time Music Technology faculty at NYU Steinhardt researching 3D audio recording and playback technology.


Founded in 1977, Harvestworks offers an environment where artists can make work inspired and achieved by electronic media. Harvestworks helps the community at large to understand, assimilate, and make creative use of new and evolving technologies. Harvestworks creates a context for the appreciation of new work, advances both the art community and the public’s agenda for the use of technology in art, and brings together innovative practitioners from all branches of the arts by fostering collaborations across electronic media.

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