Sean Clute Statement

Sean Clute Work Samples

I am writing to apply for the position of Assistant Professor in New Media. Below are twenty examples of my work. The samples are documentation of experiments in live-video, interactivity, sound and animation.

Student works can be accessed here.
Syllabi can be accessed here.

Works include:
Work Images (15 images) | Documentation
Mythos (Know Thyself) | Live audiovisual storytelling
Evolutionary Patterns and the Lonely Owl | Large scale collaboration
Disembodied Head | Intermedia Performance
Veritable Vicissitudes – Dubai | Audiovisual Installation
Großvater | Animation Stills and experimental narrative

Sean Clute Images (15)

About

Image List:
Big Timber (CHOP, CHOP!) Year: 2010 | Size: NA | Media: Interactive Audiovisual Performance
Description: Live video in which characters Conuton Valve and Coon Dog meet at The Monopole in Plattsburgh, New York to find themselves traveling to California in the quest for gold and the Plasma Cloud.
Mythos (Know Thyself) Year: 2011 | Size: NA | Media: Interactive Audiovisual Performance
Description: Audiovisual performance in which interpretations of Greek mythology are improvised.
Mythos (Magyarorszag): Year: 2011 | Size: NA | Media: Interactive Audiovisual Performance
Description: Explores Hungarian mythology (Buda and Pest) and improvises with ancient and modern images of cityscapes, Rubik’s Cubes, and a digitally resampled Ugrós jump.
Veritable Vicissitudes – Dubai Year: 2014 | Size: NA | Media: Installation
Description: A multi-projection video and sound installation.
Veritable Vicissitudes – Dubai Year: 2014 | Size: NA | Media: Installation
Description: A multi-projection video and sound installation.
Veritable Vicissitudes Year: 2011 | Size: NA | Media: Installation/Performance
Description: A multi-projection video, dance and sound installation.
Circles Year: 2012 | Size: NA | Media: Video/Sound
Description: Interactive dance tracking performance with ensemble
Disembodied Head Year: 2005 | Size: NA | Media: Intermedia Performance
Description: Intermedia performance series that utilized new technologies and performance in varied ways to look at the separation anxiety and desires of the body and mind at moments of disconnect.
Evolutionary Patterns and the Lonely Owl Year: 2006 | Size: NA | Media: Large Scale Intermedia Performance
Description: A large-scale event exploring simultaneity, chaos, and rule-based interaction through dance, music, video, art and technology
Evolutionary Patterns and the Lonely Owl Year: 2006 | Size: NA | Media: Large Scale Intermedia Performance
Description: A large-scale event exploring simultaneity, chaos, and rule-based interaction through dance, music, video, art and technology
Wolfram Projections Year: 2013 | Size: NA | Media: Video Installation
Description: The video was improvised based on a Wolfram algorithm
Wolfram Projections Year: 2013 | Size: NA | Media: Video Installation
Description: The video was improvised based on a Wolfram algorithm
Sketches 00-49 Year: 2013 | Size: NA (vectors) | Media: Generative Image Processing
Description: An experiment in manipulating data to make images both simple and complex, organized and messy, and strict and playful.
Sketches 00-49 Year: 2013 | Size: NA (vectors) | Media: Generative Image Processing
Description: An experiment in manipulating data to make images both simple and complex, organized and messy, and strict and playful.
Sketches 00-49 Year: 2013 | Size: NA (vectors) | Media: Generative Image Processing
Description: An experiment in manipulating data to make images both simple and complex, organized and messy, and strict and playful.

Mythos (Know Thyself)

Mythos (Know Thyself) from Sean Clute on Vimeo.

About Mythos (Know Thyself)

Year: 2011 | Size: NA | Media: Interactive Audiovisual Performance

Mythos (Know Thyself, γνῶθι σεαυτόν) is an audiovisual performance in which interpretations of Greek mythology are improvised. The work can be divided into three parts including Know Thyself, Greek Dancer, and Towards Kefalonia. During the solo performance, the audience is witness to a hybrid of resampled iconic greek imagery with live hand drawn animations. Both performer and computer collaborate via custom built software and hardware to capture the sprit of an ancient culture within a contemporary context. An artistic melding of past and present become possible with innovations in new media and technology. In Mythos (Know Thyself) both moving image and sound attempt to create a new modality of storytelling.

Credits

Support
Ionian Center for the Arts and Culture, Kefalonia, Greece

Download

Mythos Know Thyself (.H264 .mov file | 140.1 MB)
Mythos Software (.maxpat (2), .jpg (1) | 16 KB)

Evolutionary Patterns and the Lonely Owl

Evolutionary Patterns and the Lonely Owl (Mutation #2) from Sean Clute on Vimeo.

About Evolutionary Patterns and the Lonely Owl

Year: 2006 | Size: NA | Media: Large Scale Intermedia Event

Intermedia performance group Double Vision (directed by myself and Pauline Jennings) presented a large-scale event exploring simultaneity, chaos, and rule-based interaction through dance, music, video, art and technology as part of ArtSFest. Evolutionary Patterns and the Lonely Owl encouraged the audience to roam freely and explore inflatable projections, mirrored matrices, pulsating pods, sonic-works and other interactive performances. The work also aimed to inspire innovative methods of combining diverse stories, art-forms, materials and spaces.

Paper

The attached paper goes into depth about the Evolutionary Patterns and the Lonely Owl events.

Title: Impossible Blueprint: Territorial Collisions in Intermedia Performance
Authors: S. Clute, P. Jennings
Abstract: Intermedia performance inspires innovative methods of combining ideas, art forms, materials, and spaces. By investigating components of sound, video, and dance individually as well as the hybridization of these media, a vast number of relationships can be discovered. To illustrate these complexities, I examine the 2006 performance Evolutionary Patterns and the Lonely Owl (Mutation #2) by San Francisco-based group DOUBLE VISION. This piece was a large-scale, interactive, intermedia performance that explored simultaneity, chaos, and rule-based audience interaction. Elements of the resulting dynamic micro and macro systems contained in this performance can be applied to a multitude of artistic processes and physical spaces.

Impossible Blueprint Paper (.pdf | 270 KB)

Credits

Key contributors
Marielle Amrhein, Steven Baudonnet, Matt Bell, Liz Bootz, Sean Clute, Amanda Crawford, Brian Enright, Simran Gleason, Jammin’ Ammon, Ron Goldin, Jessica Gomula, Pauline Jennings, Jason B. Jones, Elisabeth Kohnke, Chris Kruzic, Amy Leonards, Michelle K. Lynch, Wendy Marinacchio, Amy Nielson, Cecelia Peterson, Tim Thompson, Bill Wolter, Nicole Zvarik.

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Evolutionary Patterns and the Lonely Owl (.H264 mov | 581.2 MB)

Disembodied Head


Disembodied Head from Sean Clute on Vimeo.

About Disembodied Head

Year: 2005 | Size: NA | Media: Intermedia Performance

Disembodied Head is an intermedia performance series that utilized new technologies and performance in varied ways to look at the separation anxiety and desires of the body and mind at moments of disconnect. The work examines what happens when the natural connection of the mind and body is inhibited by a factor like Alzheimer’s, which inhibits the mind, or spinal injury, which causes paralysis of the body. The work also looks at moments of interconnectivity and separation that occur when the human body and mind interact with and/or develop a dependence upon technologies such as machines.

A lot more information can be read here: Disembodied Head MFA Thesis (PDF)

Credits

Key contributors
April Henry – Face of Animated Head
Pauline Jennings – Assistant Director
Pauline Jennings – Choreography
Amy Nielson – Costume Designers
Zemi 17 – Music for Disembodied Head #2

Performers in Disembodied Head #5
Bethany Clemen
Justin Gray
Shawn Irwin
Jason B. Jones
Amy Nielson
Isabelle Sjahsam
Nicole Zvarik

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Disembodied Head MFA Thesis (.pdf | 1.8 MB)
Disembodied Head Video Excerpt (.H264 mov | 74.1 MB)
Disembodied Head 1 Media (.maxpat (4), .txt (2), .pct files (182) | 10.7 MB)
Disembodied Head 2 Media (.maxpat (2), .txt (2), .mov (4), .aif (40) | 2.55 GB)
Disembodied Head 3 Media (.maxpat (3), .txt (1), .mov (5), .aif (4) | 139.6 MB)
Disembodied Head 4 Media (.maxpat (2), .txt (1), .mov (1), .aif (5) | 1.18 GB)
Disembodied Head 5 Media (.maxpat (1), .txt (1), .mov (1), .aif (2) | 46.1 MB)
Disembodied Head Soundtrack (.aif (2) | 259.6 MB)
Disembodied Head Transition (.maxpat (1) | 3.6 MB)

Veritable Vicissitudes – Dubai

Veritable Vicissitudes (Dubai) from Sean Clute on Vimeo.

About Veritable Vicissitudes – Dubai

Year: 2014 | Size: NA | Media: Installation

Veritable Vicissitudes – Dubai, by Double Vision, is a multi-projection video and sound installation. Audience found themselves moving through a maze of hanging scrims outdoors on the campus of American University – Dubai. Willingly, or not, their own bodies become participants as light and shadows create overlays echoed throughout the space. An investigation of the third, fourth, fifth… and all eleven dimensions, this installation was created to mimic Double Vision’s use of speed, progression, and accumulation in dance phrases used in recent choreographic works.

Credits

Concept and Design – Sean Clute, Pauline Jennings
Video – Jessica Gomula
Sound – Sean Clute
Installation – Sean Clute, Lance Caron, Jessie Warren
Production Assistants – John Fandl, Benjamin Hoover, Earvin Rowe

The project was supported by the Special Initiatives Fund
This project was supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts

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Veritable Vicissitudes Video (.H264 .mov file | 175.4 MB)
Veritable Vicissitudes Sound (.aif file | 463.1 MB)

Großvater

About Großvater

Year: 2014 | Size: HD (1080p) | Media: Animation

Großvater is an animated short story that playfully blends myth, folklore, and fortuitous events in Vienna, Austria. The work begins in the catacombs of Stephansdom where a tomb is accidentally knocked over releasing an ancient blood. The blood marks correlations between people as it weaves outward from the cathedral. Both blood and people are seen scattering the Inner Stadt as past and present merge within the landmarks of Cafè Central, Hofburg Palace, Staatsoper and Museumsquartier. Audiovisual representations of notable Austrian figures such as Franz Joseph, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Puck and Sigmund Freud inhabit these spaces with current visionaries. For example, Austrian born Arnold Schwarzenegger instructs fitness fanatic Empress Elisabeth of Austria on the use of 19th century Pilates equipment. Connecting the various stories is the late Dr. Theophil Sobol, an Austrian medical student in the 1940s. Dr. Sobol, whose presence is felt in all scenes, is later revealed to be the grandfather of artist Sean Clute. The work concludes with Clute contemplating interconnectedness and family.

Credits

Director – Sean Clute
Assistant Director – Pauline Jennings
Audio Recording – Geoff Kuffner, Taylor Kuffner
Translators… Abbie Martin, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Harold Williams, Dominique Svamberk
Technical Consultant … Nick Fox-Gieg

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Großvater Script (.rtf | 89 KB)
Großvater Storyboard (.rtf | 36 KB)