Artist Seth Cluett presents a live performance using sung and electronically generated sine tones, room acoustic phenomena, and recorded sound to explore the boundary between personal and communal listening. Constructing a focused, attentive perceptual space and an elastic, malleable experience of time, the sound world of this work is tensely suspended between full body immersion and brittle, sparse timelessness.
Cluett, an American artist and composer, explores everyday actions at extreme magnification, examines minutiae by amplifying impossible tasks, and explores the working of memory in forms that rethink the role of the senses in an increasingly technologized society. Creating work ranging from photography and drawing to installation, concert music, and critical writing, his “subtle… seductive, immersive” (Artforum) sound work has been characterized as “rigorously focused and full of detail” (e/i) and “dramatic, powerful, and at one with nature” (The Wire). The recipient of grants from Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Fund and Meet the Composer, his work has been presented internationally at venues such as the Whitney Museum, MoMA/PS1, Cafe Oto, GRM, and STEIM and is documented on Line, Sedimental, Notice, and Winds Measure recordings. Cluett holds a joint-appointment in Visual Arts and Music & Technology at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.