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Stephen R. Gibson: Biography

Stephen R. Gibson
1962 -
Region: British Columbia

Stephen R. Gibson

Steve Gibson is a Canadian composer, media artist, and theorist. He completed his Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo, where he studied music composition with Louis Andriessen. He also completed postdoctoral research in media and technology with Arthur Kroker at Concordia University in Montréal. He was formerly Senior Lecturer and Director of the Multimedia Program at Karlstad University in Sweden, and now serves as Associate Professor of Digital Media at University of Victoria, Canada.

Simultaneously deeply involved with technology and deeply suspicious of it’s effects, Gibson’s musical, multimedia and virtual reality work celebrates both the liberation and paranoia of techno-fetishism. Most of his works include a technological aspect, and many include some sort of multimedia or interactive component.

In 1991 Gibson was resident composer with multi-media ensemble PoMoCoMo, and in 1993-94 he was resident artist at the Banff Centre, in their Art and Virtual Environments program. His Book/CD collaboration with Arthur Kroker, SPASM was released in 1993. In 1996 he released a new CD, Hacking the Future in collaboration with Arthur and Marilouise Kroker and David Kristian.

Gibson has presently been working in the area of large-scale multimedia, programming and developing new applications which allow musicians to play and improvise visual environments in real-time, on-stage and in synch with a musical performance. This experimental work reached practical realization in the interactive pieces Cut to the Chase, Telebody, and Virtual DJ which have been performed at major festivals throughout Europe and North America.

Steve Gibson’s installations and compositions have been performed in such venues as: Ars Electronica; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the North American New Music Festival; the Banff Centre for the Arts; Festival International Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville; the International Computer Music Conference; the European Media Arts Festival; ISEA; Interface3, Hamburg; Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Nürnberg; the San Francisco Art Institute; 4CyberConf and 6CyberConf.

His work has been published internationally by St. Martin’s Press (US), MIT Press, New World Perspectives (Canada), Turnaround Productions (UK), Future Publications (UK), Urra Apogeo (Italy), and Passagen Verlag (Austria).


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