Uma Kanya, Sanskrit for “Virgin of Light”, is an electronic soundscape - at times meditative and serene, at times aggressively haunting. Uma is the material manifestation of energy, wife of Shiva, and an expression of the duality of light and dark.
Rucyl Mills is an audiovisual artist and technologist. In 2008 she built the Chakakhantroller, a wearable midi controller, and continues to experiment with new formats of musical, visual & electronic expression. Original member of alternative hip hop group The Goats (Ruffhouse/Columbia Records) in the 90s, Rucyl graduated high school early to tour, then settled in New York City. After returning to her hometown of Philadelphia in 2009, Rucyl co-founded futuretronic label & audiovisual electronic group Saturn Never Sleeps. She has performed internationally, and collaboratively participated in several art-based and interactive projects. She has a Bachelors of Science in New Media from New School University, a Masters degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University, and is a certified audio engineer.
Nicknames: minister of information; technology therapist
This Town is a Mystery premiered at the Philly Live Arts Fringe Festival. A series of intimate performances in the homes of four families. With Headlong Dance Theater.
Medium Sound & Video Design / Projection | Year 2012
Original score for short film Bumming Cigarettes. Premiered at Philadelphia QFest.
Medium Sound Design | Year 2012
A wearable midi controller encased in leather and snakeskin for solo audiovisual performers.
Medium Textiles, Programming | Year 2008
An immersive computer vision system that links the 2-D virtual world of movies and TV to the 3-D reality of the user. With Justin Downs at Eyebeam.
Medium Video, Programming. | Year 2008
Video ode to computer lovers using camera tracking and MaxMSP programming language.
Medium Video, Programming, Sound | Year 2008