Ox, Jack: Paintings by Jack Ox depicting Bruckner Symphonies

Ox, Jack: Paintings by Jack Ox depicting Bruckner Symphonies
Jack Ox is Associate Research Professor in Music and associated faculty at the Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC), University of New Mexico. She has studied beyond her MFA in visual arts at UCSD and done considerable research in both music theory (Manhattan School of Music, NYC) and phonetics (U. of Cologne) in order to produce work that visually maps structure from extant examples of music, creating information visualizations. Currently she is writing a dissertation on Conceptual Metaphor Theory for the School of Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

Her past musical visualization work includes Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements, Gregorian Plainsong, J.S. Bach, John Cage's 4' and 33", Debussy's Nuages, and Anton Bruckner's Eighth Symphony. During her seven-year stay in Germany she made an 800 sq-ft visualization of Kurt Schwitters's Ursonate, the 41-minute sound poem based on German phonemes. While researching Ursonate she found and caused to be published an original, completely unknown recording by Kurt Schwitters himself by WERGO, Mainz, Germany. Ox participated in Vom Klang der Bilder at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in 1985, and made an Ursonate presentation at the Centre Georges Pompidou during the Kurt Schwitters retrospective in Paris in 1994. She exhibited the complete cycle of 12 paintings based on Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony at the Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Austria (1996). The complete Ursonate was exhibited at the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Poland, in conjunction with the first major Polish Kurt Schwitters exhibition, sponsored by the German government (2004). This exhibition traveled to the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Most recently, Ursonate has been seen at UNM's Composer's Forum and in Los Alamos' Mesa Gallery. Since coming to New Mexico, Ox has been performing Ursonate digital projections made from the hand-painted version in collaboration with Kristen Loree's sung, screamed, graveled performance. Loree, a professor in Theatre at UNM, developed her Ursonate concurrently with but independently from Ox. They have performed together since 2009 beginning at the Chapel Performance Space (Seattle), UNM Composer's Forum and the Albuquerque Museum (2010), the Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos National Labs (LANL), and over the National LambdaRail between UNM's CARC and Supercomputing11 in Seattle, WA (2011). Ox and Loree are now expanding the collaboration to include UNM composers, Peter Gilbert and Karola Obermueller, plus VJ/DJ Jane daPain. This new team will create a multi-generational, full-dome and a multiple projector version including new electronic music and VJ collages of the original materials.

Ox has been on the editorial board of Leonardo for over 20 years and was guest co-editor of Synesthesia and Intersenses with Jacques Mandelbrojt. After receiving initial start-up funds from Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria in 1998 she has been collaborating with David Britton on The 21st. Century Virtual Color Organ (tm), a virtual reality performance in an immersive environment, working on the "Gridjam" with composer Alvin Curran. This is to be a geographically distributed musical performance over high-speed optical networks with real-time 3D virtual reality Ox created musical visualization. Today, she is also co-director of SARC (Scientist Artist Research Collaboration), an ongoing Artist/Scientist project kicking off and showcasing at ISEA2012. This program aims to enable equal and fruitful collaborations between artists and scientists.

Jack Ox
2710 Hyder Ave. S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87106
E-mail: jackox@bway.net

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