Aaron Taylor Kuffner is a conceptual artist, whose pieces often take the form of long term multi year projects that involve in depth research, collaboration with field experts and development of specialized skill sets.Read More
Each project is uniquely attached to the idea of providing conceptual tools that further the evolution of consciousness through experiences of beauty and the sublime. In doing so he reaches far outside of conventions pushing the role of art to be a form of service to society.
Through his work Kuffner has become a noted composer, a kinetic sculptor, electronic music maverick, a machinist, an installation artist, an ad-hoc engineer, an ambassador of Indonesian musical tradition, a prolific street artist, theater director, poetic terrorist, instrument builder, social activist, earth artist, community radio advocate, surround sound pioneer, and producer of social sculptures and hyperbolic events ranging in scale from intimate finite happenings to the epic and fabled.
As a solo artist, with the Gamelatron and other projects and collaborations, Kuffner has performed or presented work more than 400 times in 19 countries in the last fifteen years. He has notably received grants, in-kind support and awards from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (through the Clocktower Gallery), The Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Experimental Television Center with The New York Council for the Arts, Ableton Gmhb, The CEC Artslink, Scope Arts, Artist Wanted, Techshop, The New Orleans Airlift, The Indonesian Foreign Ministry, The Dharmasiswa Scholarship, The Berlin Arts Council, EU / European Commission, I-D media Berlin, Schloss Brollin Art Labor, James F. Robison Foundation, The Soros Foundation, Swiss Air, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and The US Artists International partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
For centuries, Indonesians have taken mallets to various forms of the gamelan, a traditional set of instruments assembled from an array of gongs and metallophones, often played to accompany dances. Throughout this month, an updated version of the ensemble is playing digitally composed scores, chiming away in a space in Brooklyn, 10,000 miles from...Read More