LEAF2018: Phillip Stearns

Apeiron | Peras is an ongoing series of abstract visual music works. The title references ancient Greek concepts of infinity and boundary, suggesting both an oppositional duality and bounded infinitude. The series consists of performances for live audiences, recorded studio performances, and recordings of live performances. For LEAF2018 Phillip leverages his practice of building hand-made analog video electronics, and integrating them with other devices into live audio-visual performance systems. The performances reflect his navigation of the virtual and expressive terrain created within the deep feedback networks of those systems.

Phillip Stearns produces both physical and intangible works, performances, and experiences using electronic media. His practice spans several disciplines from creative coding and physical computing to interactive light and sound installations, computational weaving to performances using light and sound.

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Stearns’s work is centered on the use of electronic technologies and electronic media to explore dynamic relationships between ideas and material as mobilized within complex and interconnected societies. Deconstruction, reconfiguration, and extension are key methodologies and techniques employed in the production or works that range from audio visual performances, electronic sculptures, light and sound installation, digital textiles, and other oddities both digital and material.

His work has been exhibited internationally at electronics arts festivals, museums, and galleries including: Turku Biennial 2013, WRO Biennale 2013, Transmediale 2013, Denver Art Museum (2013), The Photographer’s Gallery London (2012), The Camera Club of New York (2012), Eyebeam (2012, 2007), Harvestworks (2010, 2012); Gli.tc/H 2112; and more.