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THOMAS DEXTER

Moving Image / Sound / Performance.

Dexter's solo and collaborative projects have been featured at Microscope Gallery, Experimental Intermedia, PS1, Roulette, The New York Museum of Art and Design, Sight and Sound Festival, Issue Project Room, the Mononoaware Festival, The Lesley Heller Workspace, Festival of Ideas for the New City, The Invisible Dog, and ESP TV. He is a member of Future Archaeology.

contact :: thomas.dexter(at)gmail.com
  • SQUARE/GETS/THE/CIRCLE @ BALAGAN SCREENING SERIES (2013)

    Documentation from an expanded cinema performance
  • SQUARE/GETS/THE/CIRCLE @ SIGHT/UNSEEN (2013)

    Documentation from an expanded cinema performance
  • ACTION/FILM @MICROSCOPE GALLERY (2012)

    Documentation from an evolving performance that uses direct animation on 16mm film-leader, light-to-sound synthesis, and the destruction of the film itself.
  • ACTION/FILM @ THE INVISIBLE DOG (2012)

    Documentation from an evolving performance that uses direct animation on 16mm film-leader, light-to-sound synthesis, and the destruction of the film itself.
  • ACTION/FILM @ THE ANARCHIST ART FESTIVAL (2012)

    Documentation from an evolving performance that uses direct animation on 16mm film-leader, light-to-sound synthesis, and the destruction of the film itself.
  • ACTION/FILM (2011)

    Documentation from an evolving performance that uses direct animation on 16mm film-leader, light-to-sound synthesis, and the destruction of the film itself.
  • IMAGES (2006 - 2013)

    Photo documentation from selected performances in NYC.
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  • CINEMATIC ABJECT I (2012)

    30min looping HD (excerpt)

    16mm "scratch" film scanned to digital and reanimated in a continuous loop. The intentional removal of the filmic illusion and boundaries of the frame leaves a slowly-moving digital scroll.
  • CINEMATIC ABJECT I & 2 (2012)

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  • UNTITLED (2011)

    Ink on 16mm film leader and optoelectronic sound. Transferred to HD.
  • FILM STILL (2010)

    Installation. Ink on film leader, copper tubing, rewind hardware, spools.

    The film's original function is apparent but inaccessible..
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  • DRAWING ON FILM (2009)

    Process-drawings made, exhibited, and discarded over the course of a gallery show. The drawings are made on a simple apparatus suggesting a loom. The process is transparent and the results are immediate.
  • SPIN CYCLE: HORIZON I (2012)

    Looping single channel HD video and sound.

    A powerdrill mounted HD camera flattens and warps space as it approaches its representational and mechanical limits. All visual effects and sounds were derived from the camera apparatus itself.

  • SPIN CYCLE: HORIZON II (2012)

  • SPIN CYCLE: HORIZON III (2012)

  • SPIN CYCLE: HORIZON IV (2012)

  • DARK DETECTION - (2011)

    Rephotographed Super 8 film. A modified "darkness alarm" sound circuit alerts the viewer to areas of moving shadow.
  • STRIATED FIELDS I (2007)

    VHS tape transfered to HD. 5min looping.

    Square wave oscillation interferes with a series of cornfields (an allusion to the early history of televisual images.) The sound and interference frequencies are determined by the light emitted from the source footage.
  • FUTURE ARCHAEOLOGY: OHM IV (2013)

    A site-specific performance environment harnessing the conductive / resistive properties of the human body to create an evolving soundscape. Premiered at SIGHT + SOUND festival 2013
  • FUTURE ARCHAEOLOGY: OHM (2010)

    Exploring the conductive / resistive properties of graphite and the human hand, OHM transforms the Splaterpool gallery walls into interactive sonic drawings. Part of the Dead of Winter series, curated by Maria Chavez. See the full event documentary HERE
  • OHM II (2011)

    Performance documentation. Crowd interaction is harnessed into a large-scale "human sound circuit."
  • DRAWING STUDY FOR "OHM"

    Sound circuit drawing exercise.

    With Heather Dewey-Hagborg.
  • MINIMAL SATISFACTION (2011)

    Intro and verse of pop song time-stretched at a ratio of 1:33.
  • Rendering of a guitar amplifier and cabinet dimensionally stretched at a ratio of 1:33.
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  • Rehearsal for live performance of Minimal Satisfaction. Jake Adams: Drums.
  • OPEN CIRCUIT (2010)

    Interactive sonic architecture and performance @ PS1 MOMA.

    in collaboration with Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Matt Radune.

    Performances by Maria Chavez & Shelley Burgon.
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  • HYDROPHONY (2010-2011)

    Chance compositions comprised of underwater recordings taken from the East and Hudson rivers. Hydrophony brings unheard acoustic worlds to the surface - allowing the listener to experience familiar sites of recreation, travel, and industry in a new and intimate way. External site

    With
    Heather Dewey-Hagborg.
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  • LIVE @ ROULETTE NYC (2007)

    Audio/visual duets with Maria Chavez exploring memory and interpretation.
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  • FUTURE ARCHAEOLOGY

    Collected installations and performances 2008 - 2011. External link: www.futurearchaeology.org

    In collaboration with Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Ellie Irons, Dan Phiffer and Matt Radune.
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  • Selected Exhibitions, Screenings and Performances

    2014 Dark Map, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY
    2014 Weird Science, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY
    2014 The Luminous Surface, The Mission for Temporal Art, Marshall, NC
    2014 Recent Moving Image Work, Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
    2014 Open Call Screening, Sight/Unseen series, Baltimore, MD
    2013 Screening, Ende Tymes Festival, The Silent Barn, Brooklyn NY
    2013 Solo Performance, Distended Cinema, Outpost Artist Research, Queens, NY
    2013 Solo Performance @ The Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY
    2013 Solo Performance. Sight / Unseen series, Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
    2013 Solo Performance. ESP TV series, Museum of Arts and Design, New York , NY
    2013 Space Time, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY
    2013 Solo Performance, Balagan Screening Series, Cambridge, MA
    2013 Future Archaeology IV, Sight and Sound Festival, Eastern Bloc, Montreal, QC
    2012 Thomas Dexter: Noise Index, Solo Performance/ Screening, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
    2012 Collaborative Performance, ESP LAB, Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NY
    2012 Solo Performance, Invisible Dog Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
    2012 Bushwick Open Studios Film Festival, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
    2012 The Sum of its Parts, Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
    2012 Solo Performance, Distended Cinema, Firehouse Arts Space, Brooklyn, NY
    2012 Solo Performance, Anarchist Art Festival, The Living Theater, Brooklyn, NY
    2011 Future Archaeology III, Sys(x)tem, Splatterpool Artspace, Brooklyn, NY
    2011 Floating Points: Volume (IV), Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
    2011 Monitor Digital Art Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico
    2011 Collaborative Performance, INDEX Festival, Millennium Film Archives, New York, NY
    2011 Parson's College Urban Festival, New York, NY
    2011 Sea Worthy, EFA Project Space, New York, NY
    2011 New Museum Festival of New Ideas, New York, NY
    2011 Collaborative Installation, Open Circuit, PS1/MOMA, New York, NY
    2011 Open Circuit, PS1/MOMA, New York, NY
    2011 Collaborative Performance, 3 Legged Dog, New York, NY
    2011 Dead of Winter Works, Splatterpool Artspace, Brooklyn, NY
    2010 Mono No Aware IV, Lumenhouse, Brooklyn, NY
    2010 Hear and Now, Beta Spaces, Brooklyn, NY
    2010 Collaborative Performance, Unity Gain Series, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY
    2010 Solo Performance, Optosonic Tea series, Experimental Intermedia, New York, NY
    2010 Bring to Light NYC festival , Brooklyn, NY
    2010 Collaborative Performance, Art in Odd Places, New York, NY
    2010 Solo Performance,OffTrack, 319 Scholes Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
    2010 Williamsburg Art Walk, Brooklyn, NY
    2009 Black Thursday Halloween City!! Beta Spaces, Brooklyn, NY
    2009 Conversation Pieces, Cepa Gallery, Buffalo, NY
    2009 Performance with Maria Chavez, Unity Gain Festival, Brooklyn, NY
    2009 Collaborative Performance with Loud Objects, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
    2008 Maria Chavez with Thomas Dexter, Roulette, New York, NY
    2008 Works in Progress, Fotofono, Brooklyn,, NY
    2008 Repetition, Firehouse Gallery, Queens, NY
    2008 Solo Performance, Material Matter, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
    2008 Solo Performance, Build / Decay Festival, The Tank, New York, NY
    2008 Collaborative Performance with Loud Objects, The Stone, New York, NY

    Awards, Panels, Bibliography, Videography

    2014 Brooklyn Based – What to see at Bushwick Open Studios
    http://brooklynbased.com/blog/2014/05/29/what-to-see-at-bushwick-open-studios/
    2014 - 2015 Smack Mellon Gallery juried pick:
    http://smackmellon.org/index.php/contact/hot_picks/hot-picks-2014/thomas-dexter/
    2013 Gorky's Granddaughter video series subject:
    http://www.gorkysgranddaughter.com/2013/06/thomas-dexter-june-2013.html
    2012 Dead of Winter Works Documentary
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfX5UlILLSk
    2011 Panelist, Misadventures in Manipulation, Harvestworks, NYC
    2009 Guest Artist, Visual Music, NYU Tisch
    2007 – 2014 Assistant to structural film pioneer and media artist, Ernie Gehr

    Education

    2001 BA (Psychology) Bennington College, Bennington, VT