JAMES.H.CONNOLLY


DIE COMPUTER

Die Computer was a project with Eric Pellegrino that began in Jon Satrom's Realtime and Jon Cates' Critical Artware/Radical Software classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. The project used media archaeological practices and was heavily informed by the Chicago noise scene (including acts such as Magic Missile with Jon Satrom and Jason Soliday) and the artistic practices of Mark Beasley and Tamas Kemenczy in Arcanebolt.

The project sonified and visualized readymade found signals deriving from TRS-80 Microcomputer casette tape data disks and electromagnetic currents appropriated from computer hardware in realtime via pickup mics, all sent through systems of feedback loops manipulated to generate synchronized sonic and visual compositions.

Die Computer did a set for Southbridge Slow Electronics (Jon Cates and Jake Elliot's last.fm radioshow) and performed at Transistor Chicago, the Nightingale, NOTACON Critical Glitch Artware Category, and at the GLI.TC/H 2010 festival, where I premiered my VGA Audio/Video Synthesizer.




I'm a video/new media artist, educator, writer, and curator living in Chicago, IL. My work undermines the interfaces of consumer electronics and digital structures to liberate their latent audio and video materialities in videos, performances, and installations.

I teach in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and work as the Assistant curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection.


NEWS/EVENTS

2018

August 11, 2018 RGB.VGA.VOLT performance in Chicago. Venue and lineup TBA.

April 10, 2018 Aesthetic Catharsis in the Era of American Fascists premieres at the Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, OH.

April 8, 2018 short video screened at ACRE TV's Nightingale Tele-thon fundraiser, Chicago, IL.

March 24, 2018 RGB.VGA.VOLT performance for the Ann Arbor Film Festival "Off the Screen" expanded cinema program

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