Tomie Hahn is a performer and ethnologist whose activities span a wide range of topics including: Japanese traditional performing arts, Monster Truck rallies, issues of identity and creative expression of multiracial individuals, and relationships of technology and culture; interactive dance/movement performance; and gestural control and extended human/computer interface in the performing arts. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology fromWesleyan University, M.A. in urban ethnomusicology from New York University, and B.S. in performance and art history from Indiana University (Bloomington campus). Tomie is a teacher/performer of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), and of nihon buyo (Japanese traditional dance) holding the professional stage name, Samie Tachibana.                                                                               (photo: Mark Morelli)

Her ethnography Sensational Knowledge-Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance (Wesleyan University Press) was the 2008 recipient of the Society for Ethnomusicology's Alan P. Merriam Prize, which recognizes the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology.

Tomie has performed and lectured at venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, Japan Society, Asia Society, The Freer-Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, MIT Media Lab, Franklin Furnace, ABC No Rio, Mobius, and Galapagos Art Space.

She has collaborated with Curtis Bahn, for several decades in the development of new experimental intermedia works and new performance technologies. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Art Byte, and the Rensselaer magazine. At RPI they plan to continue their work in Human/Computer Interface development for the performing arts.


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