Tana Sprague (Lissom) is a sound + video artist, transfixed with micro details. With focus fluctuating between digital and organic, her work creates a space where one complements the other. Inspired by the elegant complexity of organic forms, she utilizes various electronic and digital devices to synthesize a similar enveloping intricacy. Her approach is primarily intuitive, but may also incorporate generative processes that either directly inform the structure, or become the perceptual data itself. By seeping through perceptual mechanisms, her intention is to manipulate awareness of time, space, place and scale.
Her foundation in electronic music, and new media theory and practice was constructed while completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts at the University of California at San Diego. During this time she received the unique honor of being granted two consecutive research fellowships at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. Sprague was also awarded the Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Artistic Achievement Award for the work culminated while investigating Sonification and Visualization, and Networked Multimedia Performance. She completed her education at Mills College, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media. A skilled producer, programmer, sound engineer, electronic hardware artist, video editor, and live visualist, she has privately served as technical advisor to a variety of musicians and artists, including Jack Ox, and Alvin Curran.
Currently, she is the Production Manager and Assistant Director of Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco. For the past four years she has worked closely with RML founder and Director Naut Humon, assisting in technical development, and producing events for artist such as Ryoji Ikeda, Biosphere, Carsten Nicolai and Blixa Bargeld, Pan Sonic, Richard Devine, Florian Hecker, Yasunao Tone, Semiconductor, Skoltz_Kolgen, Morton Subotnick, Curtis Roads, and Thomas Köner.