curt cloninger: selected artworks

transCRYPTion
transCRyPTion [alan-turing-has-a-posse] (2013)

Media: video, animated gif, text

A faux-forgery of a faux-translation engine. Make sure audio is on.

Drift
DRIFT unRACE (2013)

Media: language, inner-tubes, a river

A brief lecture on the Situationists and Henri Bergson, followed by a group drift down the French Broad River in floating tubes.

sliveRider
sliveRider (2012)

Media: video, audio

A video collaboration with A. Bill Miller. Bill and Curt swapped files back and forth until the person receiving the file felt it was finished. Make sure audio is on.

Again
Again (I Wish I Was A Fool For You) (2012)

Media: video, audio, instruments, voices, bodies

3 Hour duet between a looped, pre-recorded version of my wife and a live version of me. Make sure audio is on.

'Twixt The Cup And The Lip
'Twixt The Cup And The Lip (2011-12)

Media: translation softwares, voice, drawing, internet

A series of performances and a book. A phrase is chosen and massaged through various digital/analog/software/human contortions. Make sure audio is on.

james-joyce-has-a-posse
James-Joyce-Has-A-Posse (2011)

Media: video, audio

A datamoshed/databent video of my body dancing. Make sure audio is on.

Double Blind (Love)
Double Blind (Love) (2009)

Media: pop music, voice, Rhodes electric piano, time, faces, video, internet

A Collaborative performance with Annie Abrahams that takes place in France, the US, and on the internet. We both sing "love" for 4.5 hours blindfolded. Make sure audio is on.

Pop Mantra
Pop Mantra (2008 - present)

Media: pop music, voice, guitar, time, fabric

A series of performances where I perpetually perform a short excerpt from a different pop song for several hours, usually blindfolded. Make sure audio is on.

During the Beginning
During the Beginning (2008)

Media: language, handwriting, code, mouth, light, sound, water, glass, wood.

A series of installation stations based on Genesis 1:3, "And God said let there be light and there was light." Make sure audio is on.

the emily dickinson difference engine
The Emily Dickinson Difference Engine (2007)

Media: found objects, poetry fragments, tables, handwriting, code.

A performance and installation combining phrases from Emily Dickinson's poetry with found objects.

st. frank and the wolf
Breathing in B Flat (2007)

Media: performance (voice, software, synesthetic projection).

A live performer's voice controls the mix of six pre-recorded voices and images. Sculpting sound and light to explore an ecstatic space of unsaying. Accompanied by a companion audio archive. Make sure audio is on.

st. frank and the wolf
St. Frank and the Wolf (2007)

Media: performance (tongues, theremin, synthesizer, synesthetic projection, fabric).

A live performance which mixes two pre-recorded projected performances. A dialogue with sound, light, and space that explores the irreducible aspects of faith. Make sure audio is on.

the unbearable being of lightness
The Unbearable Being of Lightness (2006)

Media: animated collage projection, mixed media drawing, improvisational piano composition, fruits & vegetables.

Installation/performance exploring various states of solidity and ethereality. "A memory museum of earth made by people who are now in heaven."

vertical features remix
Vertical Features Remix (2006)

Media: video.

A one-minute re-interpretation of Peter Greenaway's film Vertical Features Remake. Make sure audio is on.

synesthetic bubblegum cards
Synesthetic Bubble Gum Cards (2003 - present)

Media: HTML, JavaScript, digital photography, digital design, audio

Generative collage. Each card continually remixes itself after a few seconds, drawing from a database of prepared source images. Make sure audio is on.

Selected Cards:
a. Graffiti Card: From the Ornamental Pack. Sampled and treated graffiti from various cities, generatively remixed.
b. Kells Card: From the Ornamental Pack. Sampled and treated excerpts from the Book of Kells, generatively remixed.
c. Chartres Series Card: From the Brakhage Pack. Sampled and treated excerpts from Stan Brakhage's film Chartres Series, generatively remixed.
d. Place Pack Wildcard: From the Place Pack. My own photographs from different world cities (and sampled photographs of Mars) treated and generatively remixed.

playdamage
playdamage (2000 - present)

Media: HTML, JavaScript, Flash, Director, animated Gif, digital imagery, audio

Multimedia journal. Linear navigation (each piece links to the next piece). 60+ screens. All screens have audio and most are animated loops. Ongoing. Make sure audio is on.

Selected Screens:
a. evol
b. yr.living.all.over.me
c. { MAG X 2}. Digital readymade.
d. traveling without moving. Original photography and video from the fair.

grace engine
the grace engine (2001)

Media: Flash, DHTML, audio

Series of 4 reactive spiritual feedback interfaces incorporating original audio compositions. Complete source audio is available on the last screen of the series. Make sure audio is on.