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Sean Clute

Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts, Chair of Fine Arts
Visual Arts Center, Room 104
Academic History:

M.F.A., Electronic Music and Recording Media Mills College , 2005
B.A., Music University of New Mexico , 1998

About Sean Clute

Sean Clute is an intermedia artist who experiments with video, sound, and performance. By collaborating with all types of creative people – choreographers, performers, scientists, writers, and artists – Sean develops intermedia art that spans many disciplines. You might find him performing (as he has before) in a suspended pod, geodesic dome, or cacophonic sonic environment. To construct these environments, he develops custom software and hardware.

Professor Clute’s work has been presented internationally at venues such as The Kitchen, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Museum of Natural History, REDCAT Theater, Umspannwerk Kreuzberg (Germany), Shabla Solar Eclipse Festival (Bulgaria) and the Autonomous Mutant Festival.

Since 2003, Sean Clute has served as co-artistic director of the intermedia performance group Double Vision. He also is the director of MARS (Media Arts Research Studio) at NVU-Johnson.

He lives with his wife and daughters in Vermont.

Selected Publications

  • “Double Vision Performance: Territorial Collisions in Intermedia Performance.” ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness Fall 2012 Conference Proceedings. ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness, 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Albuquerque, NM, September 19-25, 2012.
  • “They don’t do those here. Double Vision Residency in Vienna,” with P. Jennings, Dance Magazine. San Francisco, Calif., April 2010.
  • “Impossible Blueprint: Territorial Collisions in Intermedia Performance.” Proceeding in the 2008 Mobility of the Line Conference. University of Brighton, Brighton, UK, January 2008.
  • “Double Vision: To Futurism and Back Again,” with P. Jennings, in Dance Magazine. San Francisco, Calif., April 2007.
  • Jennings, P., Clute, S. “Disembodied Head.” Proceeding abstract in 2006 Digital Technologies and Performing Arts Conference (DTPA). Doncaster, UK, June 2006.
  • “Slot Machines, Interactivity, and Composition.” Chapter in Sonar Echo Network. Published by Ransom Corp. Brooklyn, N.Y., June, 2003.
  • Where Prairie Dogs Go record, 2001.

Professional Activities

  • Lectures on intermedia art at the ICST Institute for Computer Music and Sound, Zurich, Switzerland; Institut Intermédií, Prague, Czech Republic; Pécsi Tudományegyetem Művészeti Kar, Pécs, Hungry; Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Austria; University of Arizona; Mills College; and University of California, Berkeley.
  • Composed music for dance including Hysteresis (2010) and Thicket (2008).
  • Installations for large-scale events including the series Evolutionary Patterns and the Lonely Owl (2005-present)
  • Live video for the notorious 4×60 Tour (2008)
  • Recognized solo audiovisual performances including the interactive, non-linear animations of Mythos (Know Thyself) (2012) and Big Timber (CHOP, CHOP!) (2008)

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright Award
  • Meet the Composer’s Metlife Creative Connections Grant
  • Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant
  • Frog Peak Collective Experimental Music Award
  • Artist-in-residence at Djerassi and the MuseumsQuartier Wien, Austria
  • Scholarships to attend The Kitchen Summer Institute in New York City (2003) and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado (2007, 2008, 2012)