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Gearheads: Joe Cantrell

  • SDAI Project Space Horton Plaza San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)


Joe's presentation and performance will focus on the creation of sound from discarded, obsolete and broken electronics. He will discus the theoretical, ethical and technical issues that surround his practice.

Joe Cantrell is a musician and multi-media artist specializing in sound art, installations, compositions, and performances inspired by the implications and consequences of technological objects and practices. His work examines the incessant acceleration of technology and media production, its ownership, and the waste it produces. In the rush to get the newest and shiniest things, the less new and less shiny are cast off: today's hot commodity is often tomorrow's garbage. In solidarity with these abandoned objects and the hands that put them together, Joe makes electronic feedback soundscapes using only discarded, obsolete and / or broken technology. It's a physical collaboration: the machines listen to themselves and and act accordingly. Joe offers suggestions to them and they make sound together.

Joe has presented his research, art and performances for audiences around the world, including the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the US, the International Computer Music Association, the New Instruments for Musical Expression conference, as well as artist residencies in New York, London and Beijing.

His work has been honored with grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, New Music USA, the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, and the Qualcomm Institute Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences, among others.

Joe holds a BFA in music technology from the California Institute of the Arts, an MFA in digital arts and new media from UC Santa Cruz, and is currently a PhD candidate in integrative studies at UC San Diego.

The Gearheads series invites local artists and musicians to discuss their customized equipment and the implementation of technology in their creative process. Each discussion will include a performance by the artist.

SDAI Project Space is located at 141 Horton Plaza, next to Victoria's Secret.