Sean Clute is an inventor of video, sound, installation and performance. He has built and performed in suspended pods, geodesic domes and cacophonic sonic environments. Clute’s creations embrace hybridization of media and interactivity to explore forms of interdisciplinary expression. By developing custom software and hardware, Clute experiments with technologies and methodologies to construct audiovisual instruments, sensor-based interfaces and computer generative processes. Collaboration, a key element in his work, is employed through partnerships with choreographers, performers, scientists, writers, and artists. Emerging seamlessly between absurdity and logic, chaos and harmony, intuition and reason, Clute’s work evokes aesthetic ruminations through intermedia art.
Clute’s work spans many disciplines including a diversity of collaborations with intermedia performance group DOUBLE VISION. Since 2003, he has served as Co-Artistic Director of the group and has 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), and live-video for the notorious 4×60 Tour (2008). Recognized solo audiovisual performances include the interactive, non-linear animations of Mythos (Know Thyself) (2012) and Big Timber (CHOP, CHOP!) (2008). A number of visual, sonic, and written publications such as the recording Where Prairie Dogs Go (2001) can be found in remote corners of the world.
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. Awards, residencies, and recognition include the Fulbright Award, Meet the Composer’s Metlife Creative Connections Grant, Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant, Frog Peak Collective Experimental Music Award, Djerassi Artist-In-Residency, and MuseumsQuartier Wien Artist in Residency, Austria.
Clute has lectured on intermedia art at colleges and universities including 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. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Art and director of MARS (Media Arts Research Studio) at Johnson State College.
Clute graduated with an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College where he studied with Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, John Bischoff, Maggi Payne, and Les Stuck. Additionally, Sean was awarded scholarships to attend The Kitchen Summer Institute in New York City (2003) and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado (2007, 2008, 2012) where he studied with Ben Fry, Golan Levin, Casey Reas and Andrea Wallace. Sean holds a BA in Music from the University of New Mexico where he studied with Christopher Shultis and Gene Youngblood.
Currently, Clute lives with his wife and daughter in Stowe Vermont.