R. LUKE DUBOIS
b.1975, Morristown, NJ
Lives and works in New York, NY
R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. DuBois has collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music production work with many artists and organizations.
DuBois’ projects reveal the average sonority, visual language, and vocabulary in music, film, text, or cultural information. An active visual and musical collaborator, DuBois is the co-author of Jitter, a software suite for the real-time manipulation of matrix data. He appears on nearly twenty-five albums both individually and as part of the avant-garde electronic group The Freight Elevator Quartet. He currently performs as part of Bioluminescence, a duo with vocalist Lesley Flanigan that explores the modality of the human voice, and in Fair Use, a trio with Zach Layton and Matthew Ostrowski, that looks at our accelerating culture through electronic performance and remixing of cinema.
In February 2016, DuBois presented at a TED conference on his “Insightful human portraits made from data.” Recent exhibitions include America’s Presidents at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington. D.C.; Now at Bowdoin College, and Multiplicity at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, featuring Hindsight is Always 20/20 (2008), a project that examines vision of the American presidency. A major live performance project, The Marigny Parade, was commissioned in 2011 for the “Prospect.2” art biennale in New Orleans. The artists' first mid-career exhibition opened in 2014 at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, in Sarasota, Florida.
Past exhibitions of DuBois’ work include Haus für Elektronische Künste (HEK), Basel; Strelka Institute of Media; Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Spain; the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK; San Jose Museum of Art; National Constitution Center, Philadelphia; Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art; Scottsdale Public Art Program; Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville; No Longer Empty, New York; LMCC Swingspace, New York; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; bitforms gallery, New York; Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans; University of Wisconsin Gallery, Stevens Point; Columbia College, Chicago; Quint Contemporary, La Jolla; Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul; the Sundance Film Festival; transmediale, Berlin; Nuit Blanche NY; and the Sydney Film Festival.
DuBois is the director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and is on the Board of Directors of the ISSUE Project Room. He holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from Columbia University and teaches in New York University's Tandon School of Engineering, where he is the co-director.