ABOUT



garrett in front of Nam June Paik's Four Decades at the Dayton Art Institute

Garrett Johnson draws on his practical and theoretical experiences in music in the Media Arts and Sciences (PhD) and Critical Theory (grad certificate) programs at Arizona State University, where he pursues interests including posthumanism and mind, ensemble entrainment and coordination, and interactive installation and dance performance.

Johnson is active in a number of research and graduate organizations at ASU. He is a graduate student affilitate of the Synthesis Center, the Lab for Critical Technics (LCT), and Practice and Research in Enactive Sonic Art (PARIESA. During the 2016–2017 academic year, he is also serving as the director of the Arts, Media + Engineering Student Association (AMESA) and is a founder and co-direction of the Post-Human Network (PHuN), a grad-led critical theory interest group.

Garrett creates collaborative, multimedia art installations, laptop orchestra pieces, sound-based fixed media, interactive dance works, and various performances for live electronics. He improvises regularly on laptop with the dark/ambient group Gulch, and with cello and laptop in the group gbjjck. He’s worked with artists and performers from many different disciplines, including among others Guillermo Gomez-Peña and Chris Ziegler. His music has been invited to SEAMUS, the Oh My Ears! Music Marathon, Interference Series and the ACDA at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and his installations have been featured at the 2013 ASU Microtonal Music Festival, ARTEL PHX, and commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art for InFlux Cycle 6.

In 2015, he completed his MA in Musicology at Arizona State University, where he wrote a masters thesis investigating the role of the body in David Rosenboom's exploratory use of electroencephalography in musical performance. Garrett has presented some of his musicological investigations into the the bioregional music of experimental American composer David Dunn and the psycho-dramaturgy of Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Dionysos (2010) at various conferences in the US and Canada. In May of 2015, he co-founded, co-directed, and co-curated SSOO (something said only once), a four-day arts mini-fest thematizing improvisation, algorithmic creation, indeterminacy, and site-specificity.

Garrett led LORKAS (The Laptop Orchestra of Arizona State) from Fall 2013 to Spring 2015 as the group’s director. During his tenure, LORKAS performed at the A2RU national conference, the 2014 Southwest Electronic Music Festival, the 2015 Southwest Maker Festival, the 2015 Oh My Ears new music marathon, Glendale Community College's Experimental Music Festival 2015, and hosted an array of guests including Cycling 74 developer Tim Place (Networked Musics), experimental musician John Wiese, and Mark Hosler of Negativland. Garrett maintains an active presence in the group.

He holds a B.M. in Music History with a minor in German from Ohio University. The 2011 Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst (DAAD) undergraduate scholarship award supported study and research at the University of Leipzig, where he performed and toured with the Leipziger Universitaets Orchester, took courses at the Institut der Musikwissenschaft, was awarded the highest certification in the German language (DSH-3), and wrote a bachelor’s thesis about Swiss composer-pianist Nik Bärtsch and his “minimal groove music”.

affilliations:


UPCOMING & RECENT

2016.11.14

URBAN EXTREMOPHILES workshop
Lisa Ma (speculative design) +
Adam Nocek (design and theory)
w. co-presentors Gabby Isaac + Charis Elliot
ASU Tempe

2016.12.21
6pm

sentient project OPEN HOUSE
w. Britta Joy Peterson (movement choreography) +
Evan Christian Anderson (lighting design)
ASU Tempe

2016.12.26
7.30pm

Glochids + Garrett
AZ HOMECOMING SHOW @ Trunk Space
+ Trio-1, Parker Davis, Soft Shoulder

2017.1.6–
2017.2.28

LCT: Time/Shores
art and design exhibition
@ ASU Art Museum Project Space

2017.01.26
6pm

HOME DEPOT HIGH ART Workshop
w. Evan Christian Anderson + Britta Joy Peterson
Mesa Arts Center

2017.01.27 + 28
7pm

tired hears kick darkness and bleed light
w. Britta Joy Peterson (movement) + Juan 'Coel' Rodriguez
Breaking Ground Festival
Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ

2017.02.24
1:30–8pm

Slow Time in the Anthropocene
a Symposium hosted by the Lab for Critical Technics
@ ASU Art Museum Project Space

2017.02.26

Panel Discussant on the Panel: "Golem, Creativity, and Technoscience"
EMERGE Festival 2017
Phoenix, AZ

2017.03.24 + 25

First Annual PHuN Graduate Student Conference
"Experiencing the Posthuman"
ASU Tempe, AZ


FOLIO

activities sorted by project, theme, body of work, etc.

PERFORMANCE





INSTALLATION







DISCOGRAPHY // FIXED-MEDIA



CRITICAL STUDY OF MEDIA


(past) PROJECTS


CV

a finely sorted collection of things i am up to.







Garrett Laroy Johnson
Tempe, Arizona

computational media artist
researcher

www.garrettlaroyjohnson.com

ACADEMIC

EDUCATION

2015 – 20##

Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences // Critical Theory Certificate (ongoing)
Arizona State University

2012 – 2015

M.A. Musicology
Arizona State University
GPA 4.0/4.0

Master's Thesis: “Performing Embodiment: Investigating the Body in the Music of David Rosenboom”
advised by Dr. Sha Xin Wei

2011 – 2012

University of Leipzig, Musicology and German language

2007 – 2012

B.Mus. Music History and Literature // German minor
Ohio University
GPA 3.758/4.0

Bachelor's Thesis: "Nik Bärtsch's Module: A Musical Holarchy"
advised by Dr. Richard Wetzel

RESEARCH INTERESTS

posthumanism and mind, critique of capital, critique of AI, ensemble entrainment and coordination, interactive installation and dance performance, speculative design and modes of resistance

GRANTS and AWARDS

2016.10

Arizona State University | GPSA Jumpstart research award

2014 – 2015

Arizona State University | Joan Frazer Memorial Award for Judaism in Arts

2014.11

Arizona State University | HIDA student enrichment award

2014.10

Arizona State University | GPSA travel award

2014.09

Arizona State University | Music History departmental travel award

2014.03

Arizona State University | GPSA travel award

2014.02

Arizona State University | HIDA student enrichment award

2014.02

Arizona State University | Music History departmental travel award

2012 – 2014

Arizona State University | Fine Arts Talent Award

2011 – 2012

Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) | undergraduate scholarship

CONFERENCE PAPERS and WORKSHOPS

2015

Paper: “Suturing Space: Tabletop Portals for Collaboration,” secondary author

  • August 2015, HCI international conference, Los Angeles

2015

Paper/Performance: “atmospheres for thought,” media choreography and performance

  • March 22nd, 2015 / Balance/Unbalance @ ASU Tempe

2014

Workshop: “Problematizing Ensemble: Logistical and Compositional Considerations of Intermedia Laptop Performance” w/ LORKAS

  • November 6th, 2014, A2RU, Iowa State University

2013 – 2014

Paper: “Deserts, Insects, and Oscillators: David Dunn’s Bioregional Music”

  • February 14th, 2014, Stony Brook Graduate Music Symposium
  • March 22nd, 2014, McGill Graduate Music Symposium
  • April 5th, 2014, AMS Rocky Mountain Chapter annual meeting @ ASU

2013 – 2014

Paper: “Dramatizing Nietzsche and Wager: Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Dionysos”

  • April 6th 2013, AMS Rocky Mountain Chapter @ NAU
  • February 21st, 2014, Vanderbilt Graduate German Studies Association Conference

LEADERSHIP ROLES and TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2015 – 2016

Arizona State University | Arts, Media + Engineering Teaching Assistant

  • AME294: Media Editing
  • AME112: Introduction to Computational Thinking

2014 – 2016

Synthesis Center @ ASU | Synthesis Technological Assistant Senior

2014 – 2016

Arizona State University | Arts, Media + Engineering Research Assistant
Supervised by Dr. Sha Xin Wei

2013 – 2015

Director of LORKAS (laptop orchestra of arizona state)

2013 - 2015

Student representative to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society

2013

Arizona State University | Graduate Writing Center Consultant

2012 – 2014

Arizona State University | School of Music Teaching Assistant

  • MHL341: Music History I
  • MHL342: Music History II
  • MUS362: Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture
  • MUS 355: American Music

2012

Arizona State University | Online content module design "Aaron Copland: Forger of an American Sound"
for MUS365: American Music

2010 - 2011

Music theory tutor, Ohio University School of Music

PUBLISHED TRANSLATIONS

2012

“Modul: zu meinem musikalischen Konzept”/“Module: About My Musical Concept” (German/English) by Nik Baertsch, www.nikbaertsch.com

2012

“Zwei Fragen an Nik Baertsch”/”Reduction: Answers to Two Questions from Peter Niklas Wilson” (German/English) by Nik Baertsch, www.nikbaertsch.com

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS + SOCIETIES (joined)

2016

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts

2015

FORM Arcosanti

2014

Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States

2013

Society for American Music

2011

Pi Kappa Lambda, Music Performance and Academic Honors Society

2011

Delta Phi Alpha, German Honors Society, Ohio University Chapter

2008

American Musicological Society

LANGUAGE

English (native), German (DSH3), Spanish, Latin

COMPUTING COMPETENCIES

Max/MSP/Jitter (Jamoma, odot, FTM), Js, Ableton Live, Processing, Pure Data, CHUCK, LaTeX, MadMapper, JackTrip, Sibelius, Finale, HTML, CSS



ART

INSTALLATIONS

Spring 2016 - Winter 2017

TOPO, interactive light and sculpture installation
w/ Matthew Briggs + Luke Kautz
Commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art, InFlux Cycle 6 // Scottsdale Fashion Square, AZ

2015.05.30

celestial variations//:ii light and sound installation
w/ Matthew Briggs + Muharrem Yildirim
SSOO arts minifest // Flagstaff, AZ

2015.05.14, 15, 16

celestial variations//:i, light and sound installation
w/ Matthew Briggs + Muharrem Yildirim
ARTELPHX // Clarendon Hotel, Phoenix AZ

2014.07.01

Surveillence Trap for Covert Operations
w/ Matthew Briggs + Cooper Yoo
Commissioned by SMoCA educational space // Scottsdale, AZ

2014.05.05

aqua fons cantata interactive sound object
ASU Digital Culture gallery

2013.04.23

lo atamos con alambre eight-channel fixed-media sound installation
w/ courtney brown
ASU Microtonal Music Festival

DISCOGRAPHY

2016

BUBO tryptich
CD + digital download
performer

2016

BUBO/GULCH split
cassette + digital download
performer

2015

nodes EP, LORKAS
cassette + digital download
producer, composer of two tracks, ensemble performer

2013

wastelands EP, nymphaeum
digital download
composer, producer

PERFORMANCES


2016

2016.09.16

(be)tweencello + electronics
w/ Gina Jurek (choreography)
Bleepbloopalooza #1
// iStage, Matthews Center ASU Tempe

2016.07.15

(be)tweencello + electronics
w/ Gina Jurek (choreography)
NueBOX and Rhetorical Galleries: Sizzle Series
// phICA Shipping Containers on Roosevelt Row, PHX

2016.06.07

visible sketch v. 3fixed media captured from interactive media system
w/ Britta Joy Peterson (choreography)
Selection for National Gala Concert of the American College Dance Association
// Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.

2016.04.23

visible sketch v. 4 interactive electronics + electroacoustic fixed-media
w/ Britta Joy Peterson (choreography)
Composition commissioned by Western Wyoming Community College // Rock Springs, Wyoming

2016.04.23

tired hearts bleed darkness and kick light cello + electronics
w/ Britta Joy Peterson + Juan Coel Rodriguez (choreography)
Supported by [nueBOX] performance residency // Rock Springs, Wyoming

2016.03.23

w/ GULCH
Trunk Space // Phoenix, Arizona

2016.03.09

visible sketch v. 3 electroacoustic fixed-media
w/ Britta Joy Peterson (choreography)
Composition commissioned by Western Wyoming Community College
American College Dance Association, Northwest conference // University of Wyoming, Chayenne, WY

2016.03.04

w/ GULCH @ 6.1 Interference Series
Flagstaff Modern and Contemporary Gallery and Collective // Flagstaff, Arizona

2016.02.13

w/ gbjjck @ SEAMUS 2016
Eagle Creek Brewery // Statesboro, Georgia

2016.02.13

gari for laptop ensemble
performed by KNEE PLAY (Sam Ferris Morris, Justin West), Nate May
Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center // Cincinnati, Ohio

2016.01.23

w/ GULCH + LORKAS @ 3rd annual OME music marathon
Mesa Arts Center // Mesa, Arizona

2015.01.19

visible sketch v. 2 electroacoustic fixed-media
w/ Britta Joy Peterson (choreography)
Composition commissioned by Western Wyoming Community College
Western Wyoming Community College // Rock Springs, Wyoming

2016.01.16

gari for laptop ensemble @ NOBROW.sound_series
performed by KNEE PLAY (Sam Ferris Morris, Justin West), Mark Phillips, and Aaron Butler
Haffa's Records // Athens, Ohio

2016.01.02

w/ GULCH @ Soft Shoulder "No Draw" LP/CD release party
51 West // Tempe, Arizona

2016.01.02

w/ LORKAS @ FOX 10 Phoenix Weekend News
FOX 10 // Phoenix, Arizona


2015

2015.12.08

visible sketch v. 1 electroacoustic fixed-media

choreographed by Britta Joy Peterson
Western Wyoming Community College // Rock Springs, Wyoming

2015.11.14

w/ Guillermo Gomez Peña and la Pocha Nostra, Chris Ziegler
Club Palazzo // Phoenix, Arizona

2015.10.31

w/ Jacob Adler's Otoacoustic Emissions orchestra
St. Augustine's // Tempe, Arizona

2015.10.15

w/ GULCH @ OME Community Music series
Tempe Historical Museum // Tempe, Arizona

2015.10.09

w/ gbjjck
Trunk Space // Phoenix, Arizona

2015.06.04

w/ LORKAS @ Organic Poetry
Firehouse // Phoenix, Arizona

2015.05.30

w/ LORKAS @ SSOO arts minifestival
Firecreek // Phoenix, Arizona

2015.05.30

w/ Inky Lee (movement)+ Parker Davis (guitar) @ SSOO arts minifestival
Firecreek // Phoenix, Arizona

2015.05.07

w/ LORKAS + MASIO iPad Orchestra
iStage // Tempe, Arizona

2015.04.14

w/ LORKAS @ "LORKAS + friends" w/John Wiese
ASU Hayden Lawn // Tempe, Arizona

2015.02.28

w/ LORKAS @ Night of the Open Door
ASU, Tempe // Tempe, Arizona

2015.02.15

w/ LORKAS @ 2nd Annual OME music marathon
Trunk Space // Phoenix, Arizona

2015.02.13

w/ LORKAS @ X-FEST experimental music festival
Glendale Community college // Glendale, Arizona

2015.01.22

w/ LORKAS @ "Networked Musics" workshop w/ Tim Place finale
iStage // Tempe, Arizona


2014

2014.12.10

w/ LORKAS @ ASU DC Hybrid Ensembles Concert
Mesa Center for the Arts // Mesa, Arizona

2014.11.20

w/ LORKAS @ Southwest Electronic Music Festival
ASU West // Glendale, Arizona

2014.11.06

w/ LORKAS @ A2RU national conference
Iowa State University // Ames, Iowa

2014.06.13

w/ BUBO
Double Nickels Collective // Tempe, Arizona

2014.05.07

w/ LORKAS
ASU Digital Arts Ranch // Tempe, Arizona

2014.05.02

w/ LORKAS + Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble @ Minimalisms Festival
ASU School of Music Katzin Hall // Tempe, Arizona

2014.01.30

The Now Creature @ ASU School of Dance Emerging Artists Series: III
w/ Denise Stein (choreography)
interactive dance piece ASU FAC // Tempe, Arizona


2013

2013.12.06

w/ LORKAS @ ASU DC Hybrid Ensembles Concert
Mesa Arts Center // Mesa, Arizona

2013.12.05

w/ LORKAS @ Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble Concert
ASU School of Music Katzin Hall // Tempe, Arizona

2013.10.15

moths
w/ Denise Stein (choreography)
ASU Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio // Tempe, Arizona


2012

2011-2012

section cellist, Leipziger Universitaets Orchester
performed in Germany, France, and Belgium


2011

2011

music director + orchestra conductor | Ohio Valley Summer Theater

June 2011

faculty performer | Mozart on the Green Festival, Athens, Ohio

2011.05.14

w/ Splank and the OU New Music Ensemble @ "LOUD NOISES / silent films"
The Athena Cinema // Athens, Ohio

2011.05.07

"Ecstacy through Asceticism: The Music of Nik Bärtsch"
OU School of Music Recital Hall // Athens, Ohio

2011.11.07

w. OU New Music Ensemble @ "Shadows"
OU Kennedy Museum of Art // Athens, Ohio

2011.04.09

w. NOBROW.collective
Arts/West // Athens, Ohio