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Top Ten Reasons to Be Excited About R. Luke DuBois-Now

1.       This is the first solo museum exhibition for R. Luke DuBois, an artist who works in several contemporary disciplines including (but not limited to) composing music, computer programming, film and visual arts. For an artist who defies labels, the best way to describe DuBois is if you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of data you are bombarded with (email, social media, digital news, YouTube videos, online dating sites) DuBois turns T-M-I into A-R-T. 

2.       DuBois was named as a finalist for a 2013 World Technology Award in the Arts category.  This marks him among the few individuals who are doing innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance in their fields, according to the fellows and founding members of the World Technology Network.

3.       R. Luke DuBois also collaborates with dance choreographers (what doesn’t he do?) and you can experience his work LIVE.  It’s all part of the NOWHERE – New Stages program. Lostwax Multimedia Dance’s Particular features dancers moving alongside Luke’s computer graphic projections on the stage, the backdrop, and on the dancers themselves.  It’s happening Feb 6-8 in the Historic Asolo Theater.  Tickets available here

4.       R.Luke DuBois—NOW will include a commissioned artwork that will represent the greatest example of collective performance art: the circus (also the greatest embodiment of Sarasota’s legacy).

5.        On Feb 27 DuBois will mix Lesley Flanigan’s voice during a live performance of the audio and visual program Bioluminescence. This is the first in a series of three gallery performances by Luke during Art After Five.  Listen to some of Lesley’s work here

6.       One of our favorites of DuBois’ work is A More Perfect Union, which visually answers the burning question you didn’t even know had: if your town had an online dating profile, what ONE WORD would describe it?  (Sarasota’s is BOAT, for what it’s worth.)  

7.       Another in-gallery musical performance will feature violinist Todd Reynolds for Moments of Inertia on Apr 17. Todd and Luke have collaborated for over a decade.  Listen to some of Todd’s work on iTunes here

8.       In Sep 2009, DuBois set out on quite an ambitious project: to create a piece of music and post it online each day for a year.  His success resulted in exactly 72 hours of music created, entitled a year in mp3s, and an editorial piece published in the New York Times discussing the journey.

9.       Musician Bora Yoon joins DuBois for the final in-gallery performance on May 1.  Composer / Multi-Instrumentalist / Vocalist Bora Yoon (May 1) – Yoon and DuBois will perform ( (( PHONATION )) ), a live immersive audiovisual performance combining Yoon’s wide use of sound-making devices and voice with live camera-based projections by DuBois across the gallery walls.  Check out our iTunes playlist here

10.   His work Hindsight is Always 20/20 was commissioned by the Democratic National Convention and has toured museums and galleries around the county.

11.    (Because he does so many things, 10 reasons are not enough.) DuBois serves as the Director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU.

Author: The Ringling
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