One can feel it behind the eyes like the fog before a migraine sets in. The buzz words like the hum of fluorescent lights, tumbling from the mouths of talking heads like water from the puckered lips of a stone cherub. Disruptive innovation, exit strategies, the New Normal, Post-fact politics, Fake News. In the wake of the referendum on Brexit and the election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the US set against the backdrop of a European Union visibly in the grips of a sweeping movement of Nationalism, my research will focus on developing a clearer picture of the mechanics involved in what I am dubbing the Digital Dark Ages. From internet tutorials, click bait, twitter bots and algorithmic content filtration, my source material will be drawn from the agentive forces acting through the internet. Movements in the arts, including but not limited t Net Art, Tactical Media, Post-Internet Art, Glitch and Additivism, will set the background for my conceptual development and creative output.
My projects will direct art and design towards bringing light to our situation, both addressing understated or overlooked aspects of certain Technology oriented cultural practices and positing potential work arounds for present and imagined future systems of population control.
Pillipp Stearns work uses electronic technologies and electronic media as tools to explore dynamic relationships between ideas and material as mobilized within complex and interconnected societies. Deconstruction, reconfiguration, and extension are key methodologies and techniques employed in the production of works that range from audio visual performances, electronic sculptures, light and sound installation, digital textiles, and other oddities both digital and material. He received his MFA in music composition and integrated media from the California Institute of Arts in 2007 and his BS in music technology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2005.