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  • John Roach

    Associate Professor of Fine Arts


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    John Roach


    John Roach is an interdisciplinary artist with a particular interest in sound. His practice is fluid and responds to his working conditions, resulting in artworks that can take many forms. Recent installations include multichannel immersive audio, performance, video, image and object-making, writing, and scientific techniques related to biology and chemistry. He has collaborated with glass blowers, coders, scientists, percussionists, and poets, and values the impact that working with others can have on the final outcome of a project. His artwork has been exhibited in both domestic and international venues, and he has been an artist in residence at numerous organizations, including Triangle Artist Workshop, The Glazenhuis Museum, The Marble House Project, and most recently, Zion National Park.

    John has taught a wide variety of courses at Parsons since 2002, ranging from pre-college to graduate, in multiple programs and schools. He is currently the Associate Dean of First Year in the School Of Art & Design History & Theory.


    Degrees Held

    MFA - Hunter College

    BFA - Rutgers University

    Recent Publications


    Books and catalogues

    Half Life. Machines/ Organisms, Artistic Positions in the context of Climate Change and Extinction. Käthe Wenzel/Manfred Blohm (eds.) Fabrico Verlag Hannover, 2018. 

    The Internal Machine, New York Center for Book Arts. Exhibition Catalogue

    Ocean Imaginaries, RMIT Gallery. Exhibition Catalogue.

    Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection. Exhibition Catalogue.

    Architectural inventions – Visionary Drawing Building. Matt Bua and Maximillian Goldfarb. Laurence King Publishing, 

    Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves, Galen Joseph-Hunter, Penny Duff, Maria Papadomanolaki. PAJ Publications.

    Blur of the Otherworldly: Contemporary Art, Technology, And the Paranormal
    Alice Durant and Jane D. Marsching. Exhibition Catalogue Center for Art and Visual Culture, UMBC Center. Exhibition Catalog.

    Performances and Appearances


    Selected Exhibitions

    2018 Earlid, Liminal Sounds, Skin Rubbed Smooth Issue. The Vein Flows Below.


    2018 TEST BED no. 2, a Modern ABATON. A collaboration with Pillow Culture. Sheila Johnson Design Center. Aronson Gallery, The New School University. New York, NY.


    2018 LIGO – The Art of Science. Collaboration with Scientist John Burns. Littlefield Gallery, Brookyn, NY.


    2018 Tacoma Museum of Glass

    One week residency to develop objects for the ongoing project Frozen Words

    Tacoma, WA


    2018 Pushing Buttons, Urban Glass. Brooklyn, NY


    2017 Oceans Imaginaries (with Emma Critchley). RMIT Gallery. Melbourne Australia


    2017 Frozen Words Hot Air, Urban Glass. Brooklyn, NY


    2016 Earlid, Liminal Sounds, The Intermediary Issue.  I am a Radio (with Caroline Bouissou)


    2016 Whereabouts, GlazenHuis Museum. Lommel, Belgium (Curated by Hyperopia, catalogue)


    2016 Gene Splicing, 9E2, A Festival of Art, Science, and Technology. Seattle, WA.


    2016 The Tactile Transducers , GlazenHuis Museum. Lommel, Belgium


    2016 Siren Earthquake Radio (with Craig Dongoski). The Ionion Center for Arts and Culture. Kefalonia, Greece


    Research Interests

    sound, installation art, music, new genres, video, collaboration

    Awards And Honors



    2019 Outpost Artist Resources

    Cuts and Burns residency to support the project Frozen Words


    2018 Ligo Project

    Year-long art/science  project with scientist John Burns to realize the project Symbiotext  New York, NY


    2017 Marble House Project

    Three week residency to develop project Stone Cold Groove. Dorset, VT


    2017 Tacoma Museum of Glass

    One week residency to develop objects for the ongoing project Frozen Words

    Tacoma, WA


    2016 Glazen Huis

    Residency to develop and perform the work The Tactile Transducers

    Lommel, Belgium


    2015 NARS - New York Artist Residency and Studio Foundation

    Three Month studio residency to develop the project Instrument as Studio

    Brooklyn, NY


    2015 Triangle Artist Workshop

    Two week international intensive studio residency

    Salem, NY


    2015 The Ionion Center for Arts and Culture (with Craig Dongoski)

    Three week residency to develop the project Siren Earthquake Radio

    Kefalonia, Greece


    2015 Pilchuck Glass School

    By Invitation. Three week residency to develop work that explores sound and glass

    Stanwood, WA


    2007 Free103.9 – Wavefarm Residency (with James Rouvelle) 

    One week residency to develop the project Trailhead.

    Acra, NY


    1997 Experimental Television Center

    One week media-based artist residency 

    Owego, NY



    Selected Grants


    2019 Queens Council for the Arts. Queens Arts Fund

    2018 Team Mentoring Grant. To support the [email protected] research group (With Julie Napolin, Edward Keller, Shannon Mattern)

    2018 Parsons School based Funds. In support of technical training in Max/MSP 
    SAPPI Ideas That Matter Grant For the project Sound the Mound (with Andrew Shea)

    2017 New School Collaboratory Faculty Fund for Multimedia Documentation of Engaged Learning. In support of the project Sound the Mound with Andrew Shea.

    2016 9e2 Project Funding grant. In support of the project Gene Splicing.

    2015 New School Research Grant.   In support of the project Siren Earthquake radio.

    2015 Mentoring Fund Grant To support Sound and the Mind with Alex Joseph

    2012 Innovations in Education Awards. in support of [email protected] Research Group 

    2006 American Embassy in Budapest Travel Grant. In support of the performance at the King Saint Stephen Museum, Hungary

    2006 Turbulence.org. New American Radio Grant. In support of the project The Simultaneous Translator 

    2004 Experimental Television Center. To support he project Simultaneous Translation Finishing Funds Award 



    Future Courses

    Sound Matters
    PSDS 2703, Fall 2023

    Past Courses

    Sound and Space
    PUFY 1238, Spring 2023

    Sound Matters
    PSDS 2703, Fall 2022

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