Paul DeMarinis: Magic Square

sound installation of Paul Panhuysen
Plasy Monastery 1994

Paul DeMarinis arrived with Paul Panhuysen to assist  with installing of the Magic Square sound installation.

Paul DeMarinis is an American electronic music composer, sound, performance, and computer-based artist. DeMarinis has been working in this field since 1971 and has created numerous performance works, sound and computer installations and interactive electronic inventions. One of the first artists to use computers in performance, he has performed internationally (at The Kitchen, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Het Apollohuis in Holland and at Ars Electronica in Linz, and has created music for Merce Cunningham Dance Co). His interactive audio artworks have been exhibited at the I.C.C. in Tokyo, Bravin Post Lee Gallery in New York, The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and the 2006 Shanghai Biennale. He has received major awards and fellowships in both Visual Arts and Music from The National Endowment for the Arts, N.Y.F.A., N.Y.S.C.A., the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and was awarded the Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Ars Electronica in 2006. Much of his recent work deals with the areas of overlap between human communication and technology. Major installations include The Edison Effect which uses optics and computers to make new sounds by scanning ancient phonograph records with lasers, Gray Matter which uses the interaction of flesh and electricity to make music, The Messenger that examines the myths of electricity in communication and recent works such as RainDance and Firebirds that use fire and water to create the sounds of music and language. Public artworks include large scale interactive installations at Park Tower Hall in Tokyo, at the Olympics in Atlanta and at the Expo in Lisbon, and an interactive audio environment at the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. He has been an artist-in-residence at The Exploratorium and at Xerox PARC, and is currently Professor of Art at Stanford University, California.