Phillip David Stearns

Phillip Stearns creates at the intersection of art, philosophy, and science, drawing upon a variety of disciplines including installation, audio-video, circuit sculpture, writing, performance art and musical composition. Deconstruction, dissection, and reconfiguration are methods he commonly employs in the interrogation of materials ranging from electronic objects, biological systems, images, light, video, and sound. His process is that of reduction aimed at revealing hidden macrocosms of potential, new materials for expression, and new paths for inquiries into understanding the state of things.  In his work with technology, the machine is understood as the living manifestation of human intentions where the development and application of our technologies, machines and tools reveals our desires and dreams—both conscious and unconscious.  His work generates phenomenological experiences that become pathways for interconnecting metaphorical spaces implied in the selection of specific materials, processes and media.

Phillip Stearns received his MFA in music composition and integrated media from the California Institute of Arts in 2007 and his BS in music technology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2005. His work has been exhibited internationally at electronics arts festivals, museums, and galleries including: Harvestworks (2010 NYC); Gli.tc/H (2010 Chicago, IL); Festival De Arte Digital (2010 Belo Horizonte, Brazil); FILE (2009 Sao Paulo, Brazil); NIME (2009 Pittsburgh, PA); Filmer La Musique (2009 Paris, France); FONLAD (2009 Coimbra, Portugal); Torrance Art Museum (2008, 2007 Los Angeles, CA); Optica Film Festival (2011, 2008 Spain). He has participated in residencies at Museums Quartier (Vienna 2010), STEIM (Amsterdam 2007), Experimental Television Center (NY 2009), Harvestworks (NY 2010), is the current AIRTime Fellow at Free103Point9 for the 2010-2011 cycle, and curator for the 8th annual Bent Festival (2011).

Stearns lives and works in New York, NY

Education

  • 2007 MFA Music Composition & Integrated Media, California Institution of the Arts
  • 2005 BS Music – Sound Engineering, University of Colorado at Denver
  • 2006 Internationale Ferienkurse Fur Neue Musik, IMD Darmstadt, Germany
  • 2004 Audio Engineering Exchange Program, Musikhogskolan LTI, Pitea, Sweden

Solo Exhibitions

 

  • 2010 Macular Degeneration and Apeiron | Peras VII-X, SoHo Night, Harvestworks, New York, NY
  • 2010 Fruiting Bodies of High-Voltage Transission Lines, The Commons NYC, Brooklyn, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2011 Glitch Studies, Research-Club, galleryHomeland, Portland, OR
  • Selected Video Works, Rabbithole Gallery, DUMBO Brooklyn, NY
  • Selected work from DCP Series, Bent Festival 2011, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, NY
  • The Owls Are Not What They Seem, Lumen 2011, Light House Museum, Staten Island, NY
  • Wind, Red Hook Art Lot, Brooklyn, NY
  • Selected Video Excerpts, Big Screen Project, Streaming Museum, New York NY
  • The Quickening, Big Screen Project, Streaming Museum, New York NY
  • Apeiron | Peras V (Excerpt), ArcheTime Film Festival, Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY
  • Stillness, Sequence of Waves Group Exhibition, St. Cecilia’s, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2010 Friday June 27th, 2009: Midday, FONLAD#6 Online Virtual Gallery, Coimbra, Portugal
  • DCP Series, TEDx Brooklyn, Devotion Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • The Quickening & Apeiron | Peras VI, BETA Spaces Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
  • Entity I, InLight Richmond (1708 Gallery), Richmond, VA
  • Selected Text Scores, Soundwalk 2010, Long Beach, CA
  • Apeiron | Peras V (Excerpt), Gli.tc/h, Chicago, IL
  • Burlap II & IV, Apeiron | Peras V, Emerging Artist Show, Rabbithole Studios Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Entity I, Festival de Arte Digital (FAD), Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Apeiron | Peras V (Excerpt), ArcheTime Film Festival, Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY
  • AANN, Digital Intelligence (Analogous Interactions), Devotion Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Fruiting Bodies…, The Commons NYC, 388 Atlantic Ave. Broolkyn, NY
  • AANN, ScrapCycle, Devotion Gallery, 54 Maujer St. Brooklyn, NY
  • Entity – I, Bent Festival 2010, 81 Front St. Brooklyn, NY
  • Burlap II-IV, The Commons NYC, 388 Atlantic Ave. Broolkyn, NY
  • Metasociety, Zeros + Ones: The Digital Age, Climate Gallery, Long island City, NY
  • 2009 Apeiron | Peras: III, FONLAD – TMG Gallery, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Apeiron | Peras: Study No.1, Laisle/No Future, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • C. 15:33, FILE 2009, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Apeiron | Peras: Study No.1, Filmer La Musique – Noisebox, Paris, France
  • AANN, NIME 2009, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • AANN, Burlap II-IV, Apeiron|Peras – I-IV, Splinters and Logs Group Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2008 AANN, Juried Exhibition, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Apeiron | Peras: Study No.1, Optica Festival (Program #2), Gijion & Madrid, Spain
  • Failure Series, Snap To Grid, LA Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ohm (w/ Lewis Keller), Soundwalk [FLOOD], Unit E Gallery, Long Beach, CA
  • Burlap I, II, III & IV, and AANN, The Wulf, Los Angeles, CA
  • Apeiron | Peras: Studies I – IV, Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Burlap II, III & IV, Bent Festival NYC, DCTV, New York, NY
  • Burlap I, II, III & IV, Sound in Space, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2007 Burlap II & IV, All-In Juried Exhibition, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
  • AANN, Soundwalk [FLOOD], Old {open} Bookstore, Long Beach, CA
  • Burlap I, II, III, & IV, GLAMFA, CSULB, Long Beach,
  • Dimmer, Of Site and Sound [FLOOD], Viento y Agua, Long Beach, CA
  • Burlap I, II, III, & IV, Hawktronics, Bootleg Theater, Echo Park (LA), CA
  • {} (FeedBox), Bent Festival, Eyebeam, New York, NY
  • Burlap I & II, Bent Festival, Velaslavasay Panorama Theater, Los Angeles, CA
  • Burlap III & IV, Phantom Galleries [AMP], Pasadena (LA), CA
  • Burlap I, II, III & IV, Echo Chamber Exhibition AMP], Art Share, Los Angeles, CA
  • Analog 1 & 2, Videographics, Ouroboros V, AMODA [SXSW], The Mohawk, Austin, TX
  • Dimmer, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  • Mains, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  • 2006 Eclipse, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  • Burlap I II III & IV, Soundwalk [FLOOD], Koo’s Gallery, Long Beach, CA
  • Adjacent Frequencies (w/ Lewis Keller), Soundwalk, 2nd City Council Gallery, Long Beach, CA
  • Feedbox, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  • Patch Work, Circuit Bent Festival, New York, NY
  • Adjacent Frequencies, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Performances

  • 2011 Mixer Feedback Demostration/Performance, Hackposium @ Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
  • Interferences, EMS/EMF 2011 Conference @ CultureFix, New York, NY
  • Interferences, MLB Project/Sonic Circuits @ Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD
  • Member of Loud Objects, Floristree, Baltimore, MD
  • Fluorescene II, MLB Project @ The Silent Barn, Ridgewood, NY
  • Interferences, MLB Project @ Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
  • Studio Performance/Interview on Warper Party Radio, New York, NY
  • Visiting Artist Performance/Interview Live on WGXC Radio, Hudson, NY
  • Interferences, No-Input Mixing Board Fest @ The Silent Barn, Ridgewood, NY
  • Fluorescene, Dadamachinima, Baby Castles, Devotion Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2010 “Destillieren” @ RaumD, Museums Quartier, Vienna Austria
  • Rhiz, Vienna, Austria
  • OT301, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Indeterminacy – Harvestworks, New York, NY
  • Methods – The Silent Barn, Ridgewood, NY
  • Circuit Bending Mass Appeal – Make Music New York, New York, NY
  • Proto-Chiptunes – Devotion Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY; Pre-Bent, The Tank NYC
  • 2009 Aux Input – Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
  • 486: Tactile Data – La Superette, @ Seaport, New York, NY
  • Apeiron | Peras – Transitio_MX #3 2009, Mexico City D.F., Mexico
  • Aux Input – The Delancey, New York, NY
  • Apeiron | Peras, Strob-opti-sonicon – Monkey Town, Brooklyn, NY
  • Aux Input, Bent Festival 2009 – The Tank, New York, NY
  • 2008 ISIM 3rd Annual Conference – University of Colorado @ Denver, Denver, CO
  • Resort – Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bent Festival, DCTV, New York, NY
  • Halving the Distance (new energy solutions) – Cal Arts, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sound in Space: Digital Meat – Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sound in Space -Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2007 Bent This Times Three – Il Corral, Los Angeles, CA
  • GLAMFA, CSULB, Long Beach, CA
  • Wendel, Berlin, Germany
  • Taugshow by Monochrom.at – Chaos Communication Camp, Finowfurt, Germany
  • Parque Del Sol [LAMES] – St Poelten, Austria
  • In Constant Flux (Bapudi Collective et al.) – Highways, Santa Monica (LA), CA
  • Night Hawks Concert Series, Bootleg Theater, Echo Park (LA), CA
  • Bent Festival: Eyebeam, New York, NY and Velaslavasay Panorama, Los Angeles, CA
  • DSS: @ Il Corral, Los Angeles, CA; SFSU, San Francisco, CA; G3, San Francisco, CA; The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA; UC Davis, Davis, CA; Delta Of Venus, Davis, CA; The Revolution CafĂ©, San Francisco, CA;
  • Guai Ai Gelidi Mostri – Luigi Nono [US Premier], RedCat, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2006 DSS on Something Else w/ Philip Van Zweck, WLUW 88.7 Chicago, Chicago, IL ; The Canterbury House, ISIM Festival, Ann Arbor, MI; Die Krone, Darmstadt, Germany; Das Kultur Bunker, Cologne, Germany
  • 2006 Bend This Too!, Il Corral, Los Angeles, CA
  • For Andre Cormier – Various Locations, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Tapping – Kunsthalle, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Audio Video Improv Night, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  • Circuit Bent Festival 2006, New York, NY
  • Difficult Music Series, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
  • SoCal Schools of Music Exchange Series, Mills College, Oakland, CA and California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  • Minimalist Jukebox, Terry Riley’s In ‘C’, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2005 Audio Video Improv Night, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  • Bend This, Il Corral, Los Angeles, CA
  • Salon Series 7, Pasadena, CA
  • Orange Cat, Denver, CO
  • 2004 Apogaea, Pueblo, CO

Presentations/Lectures/Workshops

  • 2011 Make Solar Sonic II, Manhattan Comprehensive Day and Night HS/Solar1, New York, NY
  • DIY Synth Building Intensive Class, Harvestworks, New York, NY
  • 2010 CMOS Music DIY Music Synthesizer, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA and Guest Instructor @ The Music Department, Cal Arts, Valencia, CA
  • Living Systems, Integrated Media Visiting Artist, Cal Arts, Valencia, CA
  • Circuit Sniffing, Free103Point9, WGXC Barn Raising Event, Hudson, NY
  • DIY Music Synthesizer 5-Day Intensive, Harvestworks, New York, NY
  • CMOS Music DIY Music Synthesizer, IN/OUT Fest, New York, NY
  • LISA Salon – New York, NY
  • Circuit Bending Workshop – Make Music New York, Eyebeam, New York, NY
  • Artificial Analog Neural Networks, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
  • Living Circuits, Lecture and Workshop Series @ Harvestworks, New York, NY
  • CMOS Music I, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
  • Handmade Circuits II – Weavable Circuits, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
  • Handmade Circuits I – 3D Circuits, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
  • CMOS Music I – NYC Resistor, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2009 Feedback Machine: Analog Electronics, Transitio_MX #3 2009, Mexico City D.F., Mexico
  • Make Solar Sonic, Gadget Making Workshop, Solar1, New York, NY
  • Sensors | Networks, Bent Festival 2009, The Tank, New York, NY
  • Light Control, Carry Dashow’s New Media Class, The Tank, New York, NY
  • 2008 Video Circuit Bending, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
  • Of Sound and Seedballs, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
  • The State of Modern Agriculture: Alternatives, Zero Point, Los Angeles, CA
  • Basic Sensors & Opamps, Bent Festival, DCTV, New York, NY
  • Basic Sensors, Opamps, Comparators, Solid State Relays, Cal Arts, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2007 Beginning Electronics and Circuit Bending, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
  • Residency Research Presentation, STEIM, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Circuit Bending, Parque Del Sol [LAMES], St. Poelten, Austria
  • Improvisation Theory Practice [DSS], Oakwood Highschool Summer Camp, Los Angeles, CA
  • Introduction to electronics, Bent Festival, Eyebeam, New York,NY
  • Intro to electronics, Bent Festival, Velaslavasay Panorama, Los Angeles, CA
  • Circuit Bending Hands on Workshop, Delta of Venus, Davis, CA
  • Improvisation Open Workshop [DSS], SFSU, San Francisco, CA
  • 2006 Difficult Music, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dorkbot SoCal 9, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA

Residencies

  • 2010 MQ Artist In Residence @ Monochrom, Quartier 21, Museums Quartier, Vienna, Austria
  • Free103Point9 AIRTime Fellowship – Free103Point9 – New York
  • Van Lier Artist in Residence – Harvestworks – New York, NY
  • 2009 Experimental Television Center – Owego, NY
  • 2007 STEIM – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Awards

  • 2010 Apeiron | Peras V + VI, Free103Point9 – Distribution Grant
  • 2009 c. 15:33 – Winner – Creative Divergents Winter Competition – creativedivergents.com
  • 2008 AANN – Curators Choice Award, Noise Festival, Manchester, UK
  • Burlap I-IV – Outstanding Work Award, Noise Festival, Manchester, UK
  • 2004 Barney Scholarship – University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO

Publications, Editions, Catalogs, Papers

  • 2011 “DCP Series”, Article by Jamie Allen, Continent online edition 2, http://continentcontinent.cc/
  • “DCP Series”, Phillip Stearns, Itch Magazine online Edition 8, theme: “III”, http://www.itch.co.za//?article=506
  • 2009 “Artificial Analog Neural Network”, Phillip Stearns, Leonardo Music Journal, December 2009, Vol. 19, No. 1, Pages 14-21
  • “Handmade Electronic Music” 2nd Edition, Nicholas Collins, 2009 Routledge, ISBN-10: 0415996090
  • 2009 “Some Thoughts on Difficult Music” Everybody Loves difficult Music, ISBN 0-9753140-2-5

Videography

  • 2010 Apeiron | Peras X, Harvestworks, New York, NY
  • Apeiron | Peras IX, Harvestworks, New York, NY
  • Apeiron | Peras VIII, Harvestworks, New York, NY
  • Apeiron | Peras VII, Harvestworks, New York, NY
  • 2009 Friday June 27th, 2009: Afternoon, Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY
  • Friday June 27th, 2009: Midday, Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY
  • Friday June 27th, 2009: Morning, Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY
  • Apeiron | Peras – VI, Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY
  • Apeiron | Peras – V, Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY
  • The Quickening, Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY
  • Lament – IV: Waves, Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY
  • Lament – III: Wind, Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY
  • Lament – II: Sand and Silt, Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY
  • Lament – I: Tide, Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY
  • 2008 Apeiron | Peras – Study No 4, Los Angeles, CA
  • Apeiron | Peras – Study No 3, Los Angeles, CA
  • Apeiron | Peras – Study No 2, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2007 Apeiron | Peras – Study No 1, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2006 Videographics Project No. 1, Los Angeles, CA
  • Analog 2, Los Angeles, CA
  • Analog 1, Los Angeles, CA
  • A Dream Upon Waking, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2005 Ouroboros V, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2002 Beyond the Stars, Denver, CO
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