Remembering Pery Burge

Last year, I had the great experience of working on a series of multimedia works with Pery Burge, during her artist residency at the Thermofluids Lab in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences of the University of Exeter in the UK. Working collaboratively and sharing files over the Net, we created a trilogy and several versions of four additional pieces, composed of my words and music and Pery’s chromatic fluid-flow videos. It was with great sadness I learned of her death earlier this week.

Here are four of our recent music videos:

“Knowing” – a Multimedia Collaboration by Pery Burge and Tullio DeSantis


“Being” – a Multimedia Collaboration by Pery Burge and Tullio DeSantis


“Cosmological” – a Multimedia Collaboration by Pery Burge and Tullio DeSantis


“Antumbral” – a Multimedia Collaboration by Pery Burge and Tullio DeSantis


Here are links to the three videos in the trilogy:

“Cosmology” – a Multimedia Collaboration by Pery Burge and Tullio DeSantis

“Astronomy” – a Multimedia Collaboration by Pery Burge and Tullio DeSantis

“Biology” – a Multimedia Collaboration by Pery Burge and Tullio DeSantis


Pery was an inspired and inspiring artist. Her work is full of light and life.

Here is a link to Pery’s website and Wikipedia article.


All works are ©2012 Tullio DeSantis and Pery Burge


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9 responses to “Remembering Pery Burge

  1. Derrek Rhoads

    I will admit that I have never seen that type of art before, but I really found it interesting and neat at the same time. I really like how Pery Burge got the colors to blend and flow like that, and with the music it made it seem like the colors had a life to them. The art style I will deffinelty have to look up and follow more closely. Overall I thought they were great videos! I am very sorry to hear about her passing.

  2. Gavin Tabor

    I was lucky enough to be the academic lead for Pery’s Artistic Residency at CEMPS last year; it was fascinating to see her take the physical flow processes i study and create art from them. I was hoping there might be other opportunities to work with her. This has come as a complete shock.

    • Pery was a great artist, as you know, Gavin. We are saddened by losing her but uplifted by the fantastic and inspiring work she did and the astonishing imagery she created. Her work lives on, in us, and online, where it is available everywhere, for all to experience…

  3. Tanisha Fisher

    I love this piece of art , it was interesting and very unique. If you pay close attention you will notice how this piece of art have different combination of colors and how they are flowing nicely together.

  4. Tami

    In your art titled, “knowing” I really was taken by the fact that the music and colors seemed to be performing to one another. Almost a dance between two art forms. It was really relaxing. I would have loved more red. The blue was so clean and soothing to me. I however have a think with reds.

  5. Emely T.

    WOW! I’m in shock of the many forms art can be molded into. Incorporating music with these majestic scenes of colors swirling and marbling is truly a soothing experience. A good visual form of relation I must admit. I especially loved “Antumbral,” it was utterly amazing. Both Perry Burge and yourself have inexplicable talent. Perry Burge’s passing is unfortunate, but her art will forever keep her spirits alive. I’m thankful I have the opportunity to view her work, and will be able to do so whenever I have the opportunity.

  6. I rarely look at Flikr or sites such as yours Tullio – I have only just heard of Pery’s passing and feel so incredibly sad. We hadn’t been in touch since our lives diverged many years ago. We had a common interest in music and she had such a flair when I knew her. But she was incredibly modest, always down-playing her talent and I remember her rapidly squirreling her violin away when she realised I was listening in! Although out of touch for so long, I feel quite devastated at only just having heard of her death, I am delighted you were able to work with her and produce such an inspired collaboration. You so rightly say she was a lady of light and life and it is so wonderful she could combine her two loves. This is a truly moving legacy to remember her by. Thank you.

  7. A wonderful recounting of some significant moments with Pery, Rob. Thank you for taking the opportunity to place them here. When Pery’s name comes up now, I often say, “Her work brought the music out of me”. She was a great artist, technologist, and collaborator.

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