David Kwan
Sound and visual artist.

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DAVID KWAN >

Born in Los Angeles
Lives and works in San Francisco
 

EDUCATION >

1996    MFA, Electronic Music and Recording Media, Mills College
1988    BA, Practice of Art, University of California, Berkeley
 

AWARDS | HONORS >

2017-2018    Media Arts Fellowship, co-recipient with Sarah Klein, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA
2015-2016    Review Panelist, Artist-in-Residence Program, Surel’s Place, Boise, ID, USA
2014    Artist-in-Residence, Surel’s Place, Boise, ID, USA
2008    Honorable Mention, Fellowship Program, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA
2007    Artist-in-Residence, StoneLake Farm, Bridgeville, CA, USA
           
Alternate for Artist-in-Residence, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA, USA
2006    Artist-in-Residence, Jack Straw Audio Arts Foundation, Seattle, WA, USA
            Artist-in-Residence, Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY, USA

2000    Irvine Technology Development Grant, co-recipient with Ron Nagle, Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA
            Irvine Technology Development Grant, co-recipient with Anna Valentina Murch, Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA

1993    Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Excellence in Composition, Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA
 

EXHIBITIONS >

2018    Skinnable Shadows, collaboration with Sarah Klein, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA
            Kala Artists’ Annual, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA

2017    Festival Tweetakt, collaboration with Sarah Klein, Fort Ruigenhoek, Utrecht, Netherlands
2014    Doppler Shift, curated by Mary Birmingham, collaboration with Sarah Klein, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, USA (catalog)
            Doppler Shift: Extended Play, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, USA (DVD)

2013    Drawing More, curated by Anne Beck and Dietmar Krumrey, collaboration with Sarah Klein, New Image Gallery, James Madison University,
                Harrisonburg, VA, USA (portfolio)
2012    Keeping Time, curated by Lauren Davies, collaboration with Sarah Klein, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA
            Stop & Go 3-D, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

            Island of Order in a Sea of Chaos, curated by Ruth van Veenen, de Vishal, collaboration with Sarah Klein, Haarlem, Netherlands
2011    Breaking Ranks: Human/Nature, curated by Brian Karl, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, USA
2010    Solaris Quartet, e4c, 4Culture, Seattle, WA, USA
            Pictures for Paik, curated by Darren Jenkins, 21 Grand, Oakland, CA, USA

2009    Resonant Forms, curated by Robert Crouch, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Hollywood, CA, USA
2008    Interplay, curated by Taro Hattori, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA
            Systems of Decay, curated by Mark Garrett, Diablo Valley College Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill, CA, USA
            Piece to Piece: Works from the Kala Art Institute, curated by Mayumi Hamanaka, Downtown Restaurant, Berkeley, CA, USA
            Liquid Architecture: Festival of Sound Arts, The Factory Theatre, Sydney, Australia

2007    Solo exhibition, Emergence, curated by Clark Buckner, Mission 17, San Francisco, CA, USA
           
Solo exhibition, Terminus, Jack Straw New Media Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
2004    Discrete Palettes, curated by Aurora Josephson, 21 Grand, Oakland, CA, USA


SCREENINGS >

2018    Media Arts Film Screening, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA
2017    Stop & Go 3-D, Transmitter Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
            Fort Nights: Magic, curated by GAZE/ATA, Fort Mason Center for Art & Culture, San Francisco, CA, USA

2016    Drone Cinema Film Festival, curated by Kim Cascone, Vrijplaats Leiden, Leiden, Netherlands
            
Drone Cinema Film Festival, Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle, WA, USA
            Drone Cinema Film Festival, Zan-A-Key Art Space, Battambang, Cambodia
2015    Festival of Color & Light, curated by Ismael Calderon, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, USA
            Stop & Go: Made from Scratch, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA
   
         Stop & Go: Made from Scratch, Second Act Marketplace and Events, San Francisco, CA, USA
2014    Stop & Go: Made from Scratch, The Flicks, Boise, ID, USA
  
          Stop & Go: Made from Scratch, Kino Mediteran, Hvar, Croatia
           
Stop & Go: Made from Scratch, trenutak.39, Zagreb, Croatia
           
Stop & Go: Made from Scratch, Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
            SWAP FEST, Subterranean Art House at The MilkBar, Oakland, CA, USA
            Sound Flick, curated by Marije Vermeulen & Guido Nieuwendijk, TADA Projects at Gigant, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
            Drawing More, curated by Anne Beck and Dietmar Krumrey, The Niche, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
            Stop & Go 3-D, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, USA
  
          Stop & Go 3-D, Minifestival StadsOase, Gigant, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
2013    Gaze #6: Luminous Impulse, Artists Television Access, San Francisco, CA, USA
            Pupf-Phew!, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, CA, USA
  
          Pupf-Phew!, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA, USA
           
Pupf-Phew!, Galeriji Scheier, Centar za Kulturu, Čakovec, Croatia
            Stop & Go 3-D, QUAD, Derby, United Kingdom
  
          Stop & Go 3-D, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX, USA
            
Stop & Go 3-D, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, USA
            
Stop & Go 3-D, Women and Their Work, Austin, TX, USA
            
Stop & Go 3-D, Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA, USA
            
Stop & Go 3-D, Inner Circle, Sheridan Fulmer Library, Sheridan, WY, USA
            
Stop & Go 3-D, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, CA, USA
            
Stop & Go 3-D, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA, USA
2012    Art Monastery Short Film Festival, Art Monastery Italia, Labro, Italy
            Stop & Go 3-D, Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
            
Stop & Go 3-D, Kunst & Complex, Rotterdam, Netherlands
            
Stop & Go 3-D, IS-projects, Leiden, Netherlands
           
Stop & Go 3-D, Fluctuating Images at General Public, Berlin, Germany
            
Stop & Go 3-D, Pula Film Factory, Pula, Croatia
            
Stop & Go 3-D, trenutak.39, Zagreb, Croatia
            
Stop & Go 3-D, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA, USA
           
Stop & Go 3-D, Studio Quercus, Oakland, CA, USA
2008    Listen/Vision 04, curated by VOLUME and Overlap.org, Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY, USA
            Listen/Vision 02, curated by VOLUME and Overlap.org, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA
            The Intergalactic Discourse, curated by The Women’s Science Fiction Book Club of Greater Los Angeles,
                Ahmanson Auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2005    Illuminated Corridor, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA, USA


SELECTED PERFORMANCES >

2007    Sonarchy, hosted by Doug Haire, KEXP, Seattle, WA, USA
2004    The Way We Work, collaboration with Neighborhood Public Radio and RAJAR, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, USA
            Fe-mail/Zbigniew Karkowski/RAJAR, with RAJAR, Recombinant Media Labs Compound, San Francisco, CA, USA
            No Other Radio, hosted by dAS, with RAJAR, KPFA, Berkeley, CA, USA
2003    CEAIT Festival, collaboration with Xopher Davidson, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA, USA
            David Kwan + Xopher Davidson, Meridian Music: Composers in Performance Series, curated by Phil Gelb, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, USA
            Obsolete, collaboration with Xopher Davidson and Michael Gendreau, Dead Media series, curated by Craig Baldwin,
                Other Cinema at Artists Television Access, San Francisco, CA, USA
            Meet Your Home Stereo, with RAJAR, 21 Grand, Oakland, CA, USA
            Field Effects 14, curated by Aaron Ximm, with RAJAR, 964 Natoma, San Francisco, CA, USA
            Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age, with RAJAR, 21 Grand, Oakland, CA, USA
            Detritus.net Night, with RAJAR, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
            Crack O’Dawn, hosted by Barbara Golden, collaboration with Xopher Davidson, KPFK, Berkeley, CA, USA
2002    David Kwan + Xopher Davidson, LiveArt series, curated by John Ingle, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, USA
            The Boy Beneath the Sea, collaboration with Dean Santomieri, Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley, CA, USA
2001    Peripheral: Constructed + Elapsed Spaces, collaboration with Xopher Davidson, Mills College Concert Series, Oakland, CA, USA
            David Kwan + Xopher Davidson, ACME Observatory Music Series, curated by Matt Ingalls, Tuva Space, Berkeley, CA, USA
2000    Videola, collaboration with Dean Santomieri, Videospace: National Center for Experiments in Television 1967-75,
                curated by Steve Seid and Maria Troy, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA, USA
1999    The Boy Beneath the Sea, collaboration with Dean Santomieri, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, USA
            The Boy Beneath the Sea, collaboration with Dean Santomieri, Venue 9, San Francisco, CA, USA
1998    Artifact, collaboration with Xopher Davidson, The Lab, San Francisco, CA, USA
            The Boy Beneath the Sea/Yasuhiro Otani/Wetgate, collaboration with Dean Santomieri, Beanbender’s, Berkeley, CA, USA
            Sound Unwound Festival, with Vorticella, The Lab, San Francisco, CA, USA
            Cultural Labyrinth, with Vorticella, 2779, San Francisco, CA, USA
            Robyn Schulkowsky/Vorticella, with Vorticella, Baracke Theater, Berlin, Germany
            Vorticella, with Vorticella, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
1997    Opus415 Festival No. 2, with Vorticella, ODC Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
1996    Artifact Night, with Circular Firing Squad, Beanbender’s, Berkeley, CA, USA
            Opus415 Festival No. 1, with Circular Firing Squad, ODC Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
            Cultural Labyrinth, with Circular Firing Squad, 2779, San Francisco, CA, USA
            Day of Noise, with Circular Firing Squad, KZSU, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA
            2nd Annual Olympia Experimental Music Festival, with Circular Firing Squad, Olympia, WA, USA
1995    Here Comes Everybody: The Music, Poetry & Art of John Cage, Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA
            Autumn Equinox, with Circular Firing Squad, California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC), Oakland, CA, USA

            1st Annual Olympia Experimental Music Festival, with Circular Firing Squad, Olympia, WA, USA
            Mr. Hate, with Circular Firing Squad, hosted by Russ Kent, KFJC, Foothill College, Los Altos, CA, USA
            Citizen Band/Circular Firing Squad/Crawling With Tarts, with Circular Firing Squad, Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, CA, USA
            Richie West + David Kwan, Beanbender’s, Berkeley, CA, USA
     
       Richie West + David Kwan, Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA, USA
            
Richie West + David Kwan, Moving & Storage Performance Company, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
1993    John Cage Memorial Concert Series, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA, USA
            AVE ’93: internationaal audiovisueel experimenteel festival, Arnhem, Netherlands


DISCOGRAPHY >

2016    Drone Cinema Film Festival: Selected Works, Volume 1, curated by Kim Cascone, digital audio album compilation, Unspace Records
            Peripheral, collaboration with Xopher Davidson, digital audio album
2015    Terminus, digital audio album
            Waveshaper, digital audio single
            Year of the Quiet Sun, digital audio album
            RAJAR, with RAJAR, digital audio album
2014    Doppler Shift: Extended Play, DVD compilation, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
2013    Lone Star, digital audio single
2011    Spektralanalyse, digital audio single
2007    Power/Field, curated by Bob Bellerue, audio CD-R compilation, Anarchymoon Recordings
2002    Pixel Dust, collaboration with Xopher Davidson, audio CD-R
            Lost and Found, collaboration with Dean Santomieri, audio CD compilation, Foundry Records
2000    The Boy Beneath the Sea, collaboration with Dean Santomieri, audio CD, Foundry Records
            Miss Placid 2000, audio CD-R compilation, Antimatter Productions
1996    Storm of Drones, audio CD compilation, Asphodel Records
            Oxide, with Circular Firing Squad, audio CD, Artifact Records


SOUND DESIGN | SOUNDTRACKS >

2017    You Are Here, production and soundtrack, collaboration with Sarah Klein, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, USA
2014    Add Extract React, soundtrack, collaboration with Sarah Klein and Jefferson Arts Academy students, Elizabeth, NJ, USA
2012    Between the Lines, soundtrack, collaboration with Sarah Klein
2010    Housecoat, sound design, collaboration with Sarah Klein
2008    Wanderlust, sound design, collaboration with Sarah Klein
2007    Meany, sound design, collaboration with Sarah Klein
2004    Escape Episode, soundtrack, collaboration with Sarah Klein
2002    Bread Winner, soundtrack, collaboration with Sarah Klein
1991    The Raven, sound design, collaboration with Kate Goodnight


PRESENTATIONS >

2018    Skinnable Shadows, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA
2016    Music Studio, California College of the Arts (CCA), Oakland, CA, USA
2014    Surel’s Place, Boise, ID, USA
2009    Resonant Forms, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Hollywood, CA, USA
2008    Interplay, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA
            Electronic Music, Music Department, College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA, USA
            Audio for Visual Media, Music Department, College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA, USA
2007    Jack Straw Foundation, Seattle, WA, USA
2006    The MFA Experience, di Rosa Peserve, Napa, CA, USA
2002    Arts on the Green Festival, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE, USA


PUBLICATIONS >

Doppler Shift, exhibition catalog with DVD, essays by Thomas Micchelli and curator Mary Birmingham, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 2014
Mission 17: 2004-2009, introduction by Clark Buckner and foreword by Glen Helfand, M17 Books, 2010


BIBLIOGRAPHY >

Sam Whiting, “Seek and Ye Shall Peep: Size Matters at Peephole Cinema,” San Francisco Chronicle, 7 April 2016
Dave Segal, “Terminal Dread Got You Down? Let the Drone Cinema Festival Soothe Your Fear of Death,” The Stranger, 6 April 2016
Joanne Mattera, "A Walk Through Doppler Shift," Joanne Mattera Art Blog, 2 October 2014

Vera Robić-Škarica and Edo Lukman, 20 International Film Workshops in Čakovec 1986-2013, Croatian Film Association, 2013
Eva Chiang, “Systems of Decay,” The Inquirer, 11 September 2008
Jennifer Modenessi, “Systems of Decay Takes Smart Look at Man and Nature,” Contra Costa Times, 5 September 2008
Yasmine Van Pee, “Interplay,” Modern Painters, July/August 2008
Kathleen Donovan, “Mission 17 Gallery Exhibits Edgy Avant-Garde Art,” The Mills Campenil, 3 December 2007
Christopher Delaurenti, “The Score: Terminus,” The Stranger, 4 April 2007
Claire Fant, “Media Artist Alters Aural and Visual Norms,” International Examiner, Volume 34, No. 6, March 2007
Rachel Shimp, “The Weekly Wire: Sound & Vision,” Seattle Weekly, 7-13 February 2007
Marc Weidenbaum, “David Kwan’s Emergence at Mission 17,” Disquiet, 2 November 2007
Peter Nyboer, “If This Made a Sound, It Would Sound Cool,” TapeOp, November/December 2004
Elizabeth Biddlecome, “Boomboxes Are Hip Again,” Wired, 27 October 2004
Tim Perkis, “OXIDE,” Computer Music Journal, Volume 22, No. 3, Fall 1998
Martina Zick, “Ungewohnte Klänge entstehen auf neuartigen Instrumenten,” Leonberger Uretszeitung, 9 June 1998
Brian Duguid, “Outer Limits,” The Wire, Volume 165, November 1997
Joshua Kosman, “A Time and Motion Cage Event,” San Francisco Chronicle, 6 September 1993


MEDIA >

2014    Radio Boise, interview, KRBX, Boise, ID, USA
            HomeTowne Television, interview, Summit, NJ, USA


PROGRAMMING >

2017    Precious Infinite, co-curator, Peephole Cinema, San Francisco, CA, USA
2015    Stop & Go: Made from Scratch animation festival, co-producer, USA (touring)
2014    Doppler Shift: Extended Play video exhibition, co-producer, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, USA
            Stop & Go: Made from Scratch animation festival, co-producer; USA, Netherlands and Croatia (touring)
2013    Pupf-Phew! animation festival, co-curator, USA and Croatia (touring)
            Stop & Go 3-D animation festival, co-producer, USA (touring)
2012    Croatian Animation Cultural Exchange, co-director, San Francisco, CA, USA (2012-14)
            Stop & Go 3-D animation festival, co-producer; Netherlands, Germany and Croatia (touring)
2011    Stop & Go Rides Again animation festival, co-producer; Netherlands and Germany (touring)
2010    Stop & Go animation festival, co-producer; Netherlands, Germany and Croatia (touring)
2000    It Works video screening, curator and producer, Fine Arts Cinema, Berkeley, CA, USA
1999    Luminaires video screening, curator and producer, Artist Theater Workshop, Oakland, CA, USA
1996    Artifact music concert, curator, Beanbender’s, Berkeley, CA, USA
1993    John Cage Memorial Concert, technical director, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA, USA
 

ACADEMIC >

2013-2014    Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA; Music Department, Visiting Assistant Professor
2008              Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA; Music Department, Visiting Assistant Professor
2004-2006    Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA; Art Department, Visiting Assistant Professor
2003-2005    Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA; Intermedia Arts Program, Program Head and Visiting Assistant Professor
 

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