Jacki Apple

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Quick Facts
New York, NY
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
audio art, public art, Site specific, environmental, performance, photography, exhibition/performance

Visual, performance, and media artist,  audio composer, writer, director, producer, and educator JACKI APPLE's diverse artistic career has encompassed a wide range of media and forms -- multimedia installations, interdisciplinary performance,  audio, radio, video, film, photography, artist books, drawings, with narrative and sound as a central component. Her works have been performed, exhibited, and broadcast in art spaces, galleries, museums, theaters, festivals, on radio and cable TV throughout the United States and Canada,and in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, including five public art commissions from Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. Her current on-going project is her website -

Since 1990 she  has created  an ongoing series of site specific installations, and performance works dealing with environmental issues, including The Culture of Disappearance series about biological and cultural extinction. Since 1995 she has produced an ongoing series of multi-image color photoworks  ghost.dances\on the event horizon, followed in this decade the digital series Tropic of Ruins. Recently she has returned to her interest in one-of a kind artists books with the projects The Library of the Disappeared (part of the Culture of Disappearance project) and In the Gully: Meditations on Water 2009, a collaboration with typographer/designer Paul Soady, developed out of a site specific environmental installation  about the absence of water..

An innovator in the development of radio art in the 80s, her text/sound/music audio works have  been featured in the New American Radio national satellite broadcast series, and aired in Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Germany, England, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  Her works have also been included in numerous record and cassette anthologies, and audio art exhibitions. A comprehensive retrospective of her audio work was featured at the SoundCulture ‘99 festival, Auckland, NZ. Her CD’s include Thank You for Flying American, ghost.dances,  Eco-Geographies L.A. Noir”and the LP The Mexican Tapes. Her sound works can be listened to at From 1982-95, she was the independent producer/host of Soundings, a weekly one hour radio show featuring performance and audio art, new music and interviews, at KPFK-FM, Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles.  From 2000-2004 she co-produced (with Julie Adler) the annual Earjam avant-garde music festival in Los Angeles, CA.

A Professor at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Ca. she has been a faculty member since 1983, and a member of the Faculty Council 2000-2006.   Apple currently teaches modernist cultural  history, performance. She has also published over 250 critical essays and reviews on performance, dance, media arts and installation in a number of publications including the L.A. Weekly, Artweek, Media Arts, Visions, The Drama Review, Performing Arts Journal, Public Art Review, THE Magazine LA,  and was a contributing editor/media arts editor for High Performance magazine 1983-95. She currently writes for Fabrik.