Harmonic Archive with
Arnold Dreyblatt’s musical and artistic practice ranges from large multi-day performances to permanent installations, digital projections, dynamic textual objects and multi-layered lenticular text panels. His visual artworks are complex textual and spatial visualizations about memory, reflecting upon such themes as recollection and the archive. Arnold Dreyblatt was a Visiting Scholar at MIT and taught a course entitled “The Harmonic Archive: Music, Sound and Installation Art as Artistic Research.”

A member of the second generation of New York minimal composers, Dreyblatt continues to develop his work in composition and music performance, having invented a new set of original instruments, performance techniques and a system of tuning. He has formed and led numerous ensembles under the title “The Orchestra of Excited Strings” for over thirty years.

Arnold Dreyblatt studied music with Pauline Oliveros, La Monte Young and Alvin Lucier. He has been based in Berlin, Germany since 1984. In 2007, Dreyblatt was elected to lifetime membership in the visual arts section at the German Academy of Art (Akademie der Künste, Berlin). He is currently Professor of Media Art at the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design in Kiel, Germany.

Presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST).

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