Frank Mauceri

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Frank Mauceri is an artist, composer, saxophonist, and educator based in southern, Maine. His work ranges from digital prints and animations to interactive musical performance. His print work explores generative systems often informed by musical processes. His solo performances, and his collaborations with dancers, singers, instrumentalists, and video artists experiment with digital signal processing and sensor technologies as an extension of the expressive body. Frank studied music composition and art theory at Oberlin College and earned a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has taught music and new media in the Music Department of Bowdoin College since 1998. 

As described by the artist: “My work engages the problem of designing systems. I find myself writing computer code that outputs sounds or visuals. I am fascinated by the heuristic potentials of generative systems and I depend on being surprised by the traces they leave. I am often inspired by musical processes and processes of human interaction. 

I notice myself living within systems that I find undesirable. And so, the need for designing systems – analogies to the systems we desire. I want human made systems, rather than system made humans. I am not so concerned with producing images or sounds that I like; my preferences are conditioned by systems already in place. Rather than make the patterns I want, patterns emerge from the systems I want.” 


Education

1987 - BA Contemporary Art Theory; BM Music Composition, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
1989 - MM Composition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1996 - DMA Composition, minor in Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Artist Residencies

  • Takt, Berlin, Germany

  • Agosto Foundation Artist in Residency Program, Tabor, Czech Republic

  • STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music), Amsterdam, Netherlands

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019
    Be Absolutely Concrete, Hase29 Gallery, Osnabruck, Germany
    On the Other Side, Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, Germany

  • 2018
    Automatic Writing, Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, Germany
    Above Below Behind Within, Danforth Gallery, August, ME

  • 2017
    Uberflussig, Unverweslich, Geheim, Tapir Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    Another Space, Tapir Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    Iteration, Gallery 623, Cambridge, MA


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