In 2010, Valerie George built a recording studio inside her 1983 Mercedes wagon. She toured the country under the moniker Nam June Psyche, recording collaborations with other artists, soundmakers, noisemakers, landscapes, soundscapes, and the rain. With a nod to the spirit of Alan Lomax, and the forty-year history of the D.I.Y. music community, Nam June Psyche set out to document and archive a visual and aural collaboration with artistic experimenters within the ever changing American landscape.
The Mercedes was wrecked in 2011, but the archive (Volumes I-V) from these wanderings endures, and she has exhibited tape sets, videos, sculptures, drawings, and photographs that she created with the audio-visual material collected on her journeys.
Most recently, Nam June Psyche recorded Volume VI at Locust Projects in Miami Florida at a collaborative Exhibition titled "Sounding Room."
Most recently, she was awarded the 2015 Artist in Residence at the Everglades Fellowship (AIRE), where she will begin her sabbatical in May of 2016 where she will create Volume VII.