Carla Cisno is an Italian sound and live media artist working at the intersection of art, design, architecture, and technology. 

Concerned with the experience and occupation of space and time, she develops open, permeable, animate environmental forms that explore perception as a multi-sensorial, fictional and cultural construction of reality. Applying acoustic behavioral models to electric signals transduced into other materials, Carla Cisno investigates the complexity of the emotions that affect our notion of landscape and understanding of nature. Used as a paradigm of “thinking space”, the invention of landscape allows her to approach the design context as an active multiplicity of relations and interactions that require users’ performance in order to be revealed.

Structurally dissipative and ephemeral, Carla Cisno's most recent work intentionally con-fuses the traditional sensorial categories of touch, hearing and vision in favor of more indeterminate, “hybrid” geographies of perception. The porosity and accessibility of their shared material conditions aim at establishing an alternative, dynamic model of organization of reality while, simultaneously, offering a new “partitioned” experience of the sensible.

Born in Buenos Aires, she lives and works in New York City.




2015  Masters of Fine Arts, Sound Arts. Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY.

2009  Advanced Studies in computer-assisted and electro-acoustical composition. Conservatoire de Musique de Montbéliard, France, Prof. J.Baboni-Schilingi

2008  Professional training in Interaction Temps Réel / Real Time Interaction Institute de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique (IRCAM), Paris, France.

2005 Interpretation & Performance, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich. Concert Diploma, Prof. Pascal Gallois.



2014  Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, Inter-Program scholarship.

2014  Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, Sound Arts Fellowship and Assistantship.

2013  Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY, Sound Arts Fellowship.

2011 DE.MO. Movin’Up Project 2011 by Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali and GAI Giovani Artisti Italiani. Fellowship.

2011 Encouragement Prize by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan.

2011 Unseen Surfaces, shortlisted for a new permanent public art commission, city of Tolochenaz (VD), Switzerland.

2011 Premio Techne, creatività scientifica applicata,  Parma, Italy. Nomination in the category Installation and Technology .

2010 European Network of Performing Arts (ENPARTS). Scholarship to the ENPARTS Campus Body is What Remains. Supported by La Biennale di Venezia (Italy) and Bitef Teatar (Serbia)

2007 Progetto Professionalità Ivano Becchi, Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lombardia, Pavia, Italy. Fellowship and Research Residency in Paris.

2007 The Banff Centre, Canada, Fellowship Music & Sound Program, Winter Career Development Residency.

2006 Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA), FL, USA. Artists-in-Residence Program, Fellowship.

2004 Internationales Musik Institut Darmstadt (IMD), Germany, Scholarship to the International Summer Courses for New Music .

2004 Hegar-Preis for Contemporary Performance, First Prize. Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich.

2003 Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich (HMT),  Freundeskreis Stipendium, Full Tuition Scholarship and Stipend.



2016 NEW INC, New Museum, New York. Incubator Program 2016-2017.

2012 Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan. Creator-in-Residence during the Tokyo Experimental Sound, Art & Performance Festival Vol.6.

2009 Gullkistan, international residency program, Laugarvatn, Iceland. Short-term residency.

2008 Progetto Professionalità I.Becchi. four-month research residency in conjunction with Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

2007 The Banff Centre, Canada, Music & Sound Program, Winter Career Development Residency.

2007 MASS MoCAMassachusettsMuseum of Contemporary Art, USA, with ensemble-in-residence Bang on a Can All-Stars, NYC.

2006 Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA), USA. Associate Artist in residence with Master Artist B. Morris.

2005 Künstlerhaus Boswil, Switzerland, with ensemble-in-residence Ensemble Boswil.

2002 F a b r i c a – Research and Development Communication Centre, Italy, Music Department, dir. A. Molino.


Selected Installations and Performances

2015  Amplitude, Sound Arts M.F.A. Spring Exhibition and Thesis Show. Curated by Wave Farm, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY.

2014  Sound Arts M.F.A. First Year Show. Curated by D. Cullen in association with the Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York.

2014  Reading a Wave, installation at the Spring Salon,The Italian Academy at Columbia University, New York.

2012  RE-PLACE field recording work for Europa’s Landscape, soundscape project commissioned by Radio Labesse and Festival Les CoErrantes, France.

2012  Breathing Room, Award Winning installation at the Tokyo Experimental Sound, Art & Performance Festival Vol.6

2011  Instants d’espaces, micro sound environment. Installation at Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery at Atlantic Center for the Arts, USA.

2011  Breathing Room, reactive sound environment. Installation at Tokyo Experimental Sound, Art & Performance Festival, Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan.

2010  Domestic Landscape, sound installation at Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, Italy.

2009  Triennale di Milano. Performance with ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi, Milano.

2009  Art |40| Basel, experimental project Il Tempo del Postino, co-production Fondation Beyeler and Theater Basel with Basel Sinfonietta. Co-curators: Anri Sala and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

2008  Conical Intersect. Solo performance and collaboration with Chilean composer Roque Rivas at IRCAM-Institut de RechercheCoordination Acoustique/Musique (Paris).

2008  Les Espaces Multiples, research project on temporal and spatial multidimensionality. Supported by Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lombardia (Italy).

2007  Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCAMassachusettsMuseum of Contemporary Art. Daily perfomances and Premières with ensemble-in-residence Bang on a Can All-Stars, USA.

2007  Many Doors Are Now Open, concert-installation at The Banff Centre, Canada, with Visual Artist A.Barry.

2007  Solo (1966) by K.Stockhausen. Version f. Bassoon and live electronics by C.Cisno and R.Byell. Performance at (((mehrspur))) Zürich.

2006  felt _ ebb _brink _ here _ array _ telling  visual : aural : acoustical : sculptural music (2001) by B.Mason. Austrian and Italian Premières at Klangspuren Festival (Austria) and Transart Festival (Italy).

2005  Guest Musician at Experimental Studio des Heinrich-Ströbel-Instituts, SWR Freiburg i.Br. Collaboration with composer M.Krüger on Traces Lumineuses II version for bassoon and live eletronics.

2005  dialog III. Odyssee,  Ballett by A. Logothetis. Multimedia perfomance, Co-production HGKZ Zürich and Tanz Fabrik Berlin.

2004  Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra 2004, Dir.P.Boulez. International Ensemble Intercontemporain (EIC) Academy.

2004  The Gods Appear Out Of Nothing. Performances and Installations by and with Alvin Lucier at Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik, Zürich.

2003  Sen VII. Solo performance at Biennale Bern and collaborationwith composer T.Hosokawa.

2002  Paradise From Vocal Box, multimedia performance with vocalist K.Makigami at  F a b r i c a – Research and Development CommunicationCentre,Italy. Shows at Klangspuren Festival, Innsbrück, and Transart Festival, Brixen.



2014  Mulheres Entrelaçadas (Portuguese edition) curated by D.Padilha and E.Raiz Ribeiro. DIEESE Project, São Paulo, Brazil.

2011  Young Blood 2011 curated by Next Exit, Roma.

2011 Public Space Encyclopedia curated by Urban Systems/Urban Models (USUM) Research Lab. at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.