• Joseph Diebes

    Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts


    As an artist I have deeply engaged with a number of fields in New York City over the last fifteen years including visual art, experimental theater, new media, sound art, writing, and music, often combining elements from all of these in my performance projects and gallery installations. The ongoing focus of my work is a critical investigation into our contemporary digital culture and the effects of technological systems on our minds, bodies, and voices. As a teacher, I hope to share my conviction that the visceral practice of art making and rigorous thinking through ideas are not opposites, but a continuous field of inspiration from which to draw.

    Degrees Held:

    Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art
    MFA, Bard College, Milton Avery School of the Arts
    B.A., Interdisciplinary Humanities, Yale University

    Performances And Appearances:

    2016        My Trocadero, The Watermill Center, Long Island, NY
    2015        Newscast, Experimental Intermedia, NYC
    2014        WOW (with David Levine and Christian Hawkey), BRIC Media Arts, Brooklyn, NY
    2013        BOTCH, HERE Arts Center, NYC
    2010        Chronology, Paul Rodgers / 9W Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
    2010        BOTCH Studies, STEIM, Amsterdam, NL
    2008        Mind + Soul | Sensibility x Sensation, (two-person show) Yuanfen New Media Gallery, Beijing (catalogue)
    2007        Scherzo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (commission)
    2006        Noguchi Cycles, Isamu Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY
    2006        emblem, outdoor public sound installation,Winter Olympics 2006, Torino, Italy
    2005        Song of Transformation, David Winton Bell Gallery / Brown University (catalogue)
    2005        Strange Birds, New Moves Festival of Live Art, Glasgow, UK
    2005        premonitions, Paul Rodgers/9W Gallery, New York, NY
    2005        String Quartet No. 2, JSP New Media Gallery, Seattle, WA
    2004        vessels, Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA (catalogue)
    2003        republic, St. Marks Church, NYC
    2002        presence, Engine 27 Sound Art Space, NYC
    2016        Borders (with LEIMAY performance company), Brooklyn Academy of Music
    2015        The Futurist (with Laura Peterson Choreography), Judson Church, NYC     
    2012        An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk (with Phil Soltanoff), Fusebox Festival, Austin,TX (premiere)
    2012        An Untitled Opera Based On Milli Vanilli, Watermill Center, Long Island, NY
    2008        i/o (with Phil Soltanoff), Festival Novellum, Toulouse, France
    2007        biggerbetterfaster (with Jo-Anne Lee), Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore
    2007        i/o (with Phil Soltanoff), Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX
    2003        Babylon Is Everywhere (with David Levine), Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC
    2003        The World (with Michael Counts), Whitney Museum at Altria, NYC
    2014        BRIC Biennial, BRIC Media Arts, Brooklyn, NY
    2013        New Shorts, ISSUE Project Room / Experiments in Opera, NYC
    2012        ISP Studio Program Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
    2012        I’m Over Here Now, Richmond Center for Visual Art, Western Michigan University
    2012        (Un)folding Patterns, Dorsky Gallery, NYC
    2012        Prelude ’12 Festival, CUNY Graduate Center, NYC
    2012        QR, HERE Arts Center, NYC
    2011        Group-In-Fusion, Kalamida 7, Athens, Greece
    2011        Make Mine Music, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
    2010        No Longer Empty, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK (catalogue)      
    2010        BITT, Artrang Gallery, Seoul, Korea
    2010        Kinetic, Dash Gallery, New York, NY
    2010        IN STANDARD TIME, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, NY
    2010        Never Say Goodbye, No Longer Empty, New York, NY
    2009        Human Nature, Festival Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
    2009        They Say That Time Changes Things, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
    2009        group exhibition, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
    2007        summer show, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
    2006        Cavities, Main Art Gallery, California State University Fullerton, CA (catalogue)
    2006        Perfect Pitch, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY (catalogue)
    2006        music marking making music, Paul Rodgers/9W, NYC
    2006        Suspension: Sonic Absorption, College Art Association, Seattle, WA
    2006        Brooklyn Vibes, d.u.m.b.o At Under the Bridge Festival, Brooklyn, NY
    2005        Site Specifics ’05, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
    2003        Setting the Tone, MATA / GAle GAtes et al., Brooklyn, NY    


    Research Interests:

    montage theory, sound art, conceptual art, art and ethnography, voice in digital culture, algorithmic composition, the meaning of chance

    Awards And Honors:

    2016        NYFA Artist Fellowship Award
    2016        Film, Media and New Technology Artist Grant, New York State Council on the Arts
    2016        Residency, The Watermill Center, Long Island, NY    
    2014        Individual Artist Commission, New York State Council on the Arts, NY
    2014        Residency and Commission, BRIC Media Arts Center, Brooklyn
    2010-13   HARP Program Fellow, HERE Arts Center, New York, NY
    2013        Residency, LMCC Process Space, Governor’s Island, NYC
    2012        Residency, The Watermill Center, Long Island NY
    2011        Individual Artist Grant, Franklin Furnace Fund, NYC
    2010        Residency, STEIM, Amsterdam
    2010        Travel Grant, Netherland-America Foundation, NYC
    2010        JFund Commission, Jerome Foundation, St. Paul, MN
    2009        Residency, LMCC Swingspace, New York, NY
    2009        Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
    2009        Residency, Diapason Gallery for Sound and Intermedia, New York, NY
    2008        Residency, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
    2008        Residency, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA
    2008        Commission and Residency, Yuanfen New Media Art Gallery, Beijing, China
    2007        Commission and Residency, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute iEAR, Troy, NY
    2007        Finishing Funds, Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY
    2004        Commission and Residency, JSP Audio Arts Center, Seattle, WA
    2004        Artist-in-Residence, Fall Semester, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
    2004        Residency, The Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY

    Current Courses:

    Audiovisual Composition (Spring 2020)

    Code + The Arts (Spring 2019)

    Senior Seminar

    Senior Seminar (Spring 2020)

    Synthesizers and Synthesis

    Views from the Border