In this video, Panzarino performs Barbra Streisand’s version of “Memory”, the signature show tune from the musical “Cats.” Panzarino’s voice is processed by “The Nipulator 2.0”, a custom-built, wireless electronic bra created by the artist that uses hardware potentiometers (or knobs), a hacked DJ Hero microcontroller, and a Max/MSP software patch. The left "nipple" of the bra manipulates the frequency of her voice in real-time, while the right "nipple" adds reverb. In the background, we see VHS footage shot by Panzarino from the World Trade Center observation deck in October 2000. In Memory, Panzarino (who grew up in lower Manhattan) pays homage to the pre-9/11, pre-internet culture New York City of her youth.
Monica Panzarino (b. 1979, New York, NY) is a video artist and educator. Her single-channel, performance, and installation works combine real-time image/sound manipulations with a feminist, and often humorous, critique of American popular culture.
Panzarino received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2002. Her work has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally at venues including Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, TN, European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück, Germany, WRO Media Art Biennale in Wroclaw, Poland, Winnipeg Underground Film Festival in Winnipeg, Canada, Athens International Film + Video Festival in Athens, OH, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Art in General in New York, NY. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY, Signal Culture in Owego, NY, and Outpost Artists Resources in Queens, NY.
Panzarino lives and works in Queens, NY.