Dr. Diana Chester is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist and Digital Media Scholar. Her work draws from sound studies, archival studies, and the ethnographic study of expressive culture in religious festivals and traditions. Her work interacts with the spaces in which they inhabit, which help to inform the physical and theoretical framing of her pieces. Chester is fascinated by patterns in sound and the relationship in the formal qualities of different mediums. This gives organization to her work and informs her compositional approach.
Diana is the recent recipient of the NMEMNM Digital Residency for Music and Sound Cultures and is a visiting scholar at TISCH School of the Arts at New York University. Chester’s new body of work evolves from her research on the sounds and medical practices accompanying human birth. Her installations are often technologically complex with a focus on sonic output, and her audiences become key players in these works. Transmedia composition of lived experience becomes the subject of her work, with a focus on the weaving together of sound, image, text, and the object.
Diana has shown her work in a variety of galleries, exhibition spaces, and online forums in the United States, India, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia. These works include: Sound Map of the Islamic Call to Prayer, online, 2018; Jungle Dreamscape, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney 2018; Composition as Exploration, The Eaves, October 2017; Theyyam Ritual, Nature, and People, Folklore Village, Kerala, India 2017; Etsy Biennial, New York 2016; Theyyam Nilathezhuthu, Keezhara Gallery, Kannur, India 2016; Sonic Storyboard of the Call to Prayer, Gallery 4211 Abu Dhabi, UAE 2015; Everyday Life, IMA Hall Kerala, India, 2014; and Babel, New York University Gallery Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2010.
Diana is currently a Lecturer in Media Production at the University of Sydney, and has previously been a Lecturer in the Arts at New York University Abu Dhabi, and a Post Doctoral Fellow at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. You can find more information on Dr. Diana Chester’s CV.