Kent Clelland, Interactive Media Artist
Born in Morgantown, WV (USA) in 1971, Kent Clelland studied Composition, Theory, and Saxophone Performance at the Ithaca College School of Music where he earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Music Composition with a full stipendium (Ithaca, NY). Clelland then earned his MFA in Composition for Interactive Media at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, CA, where he studied composition with David Rosenboom, Digital Signal Processing with Tom Erbe, and Improvisation strategies with Wadada Leo Smith. Further studies in USA include Saxophone performance at Interlochen Summer Music Festival (1988), and Composition Seminar at the Aspen Summer Music Festival (1993)
In 1997 Clelland was invited by André Richard to work at the Experimentalstudio in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (SWF) realizing electro-acousitic compositions for choice composers. Between 1999 and 2005 Clelland was employed by Native Instruments Software Synthesis GmbH in Berlin where he held the position of Senior Software Developer (Macintosh) and played a key role in the development of programs such as Reaktor, Spektral Delay, Vokator, Battery, Pro5, B4, and Guitar Rig. In 2008 Clelland formed the Intermedia Artist Collective 'Aetherbits' who together realized Clelland's interactive computer media composition: "Social Synthesizer_Prototype." The "Social Synthesizer_Prototype" was premiered in Gijon, Spain at La Laboral Center for Art and Design, and subsequently exhibited at the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. Further activities during the German period include attending the Genesis Course at the ZKM (1999).
In 2012 began Clelland's current (Swiss) period in which he works exclusively with Visual and Interactive Communications artist Jana Honegger as line_code. Technology and Social Interaction are the primary themes that pervade their works. Framing and combining both Antique and Modern Technologies, the duo underlines the unseen social connections inherent in modern society with entertaining and playful media. Clelland and Honegger design and implement their own technologies specializing in site specific installations.
Their works are documented at
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