David Means (Minneapolis)

PERFORMANCE, Friday, July 23, 1999, 7pm, Tacoma Art Museum.

David Means was born on the same day the sound barrier was broken. He studied architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana where he participated in the original (1967) "Music Circus" event staged by John Cage. After compulsory military service in Vietnam, he returned toIllinois and the formal study of music, integrating aspects of inventednotation into sculptural scores and performance installations for a varietyof architectural and environmental settings. His music has been presentedat such places as the New Music America Festivals, (Minneapolis, Hartford,Houston), Dance Theater Workshop, Experimental Intermedia and the RoulettePerformance Series, (New York City), and the Stuttgart Graphic MusicFestival. His graphic scores, installations and performance systems havebeen exhibited and presented by the Walker Art Center, IRCAM (Paris),Documenta IX (Kassel), the Xi An Conservatory of Music (China), HetStroomhuis (Holland), Logos Foundation (Belgium) and the Arts Council ofGreat Britain. He is a three time recipient of the McKnight ComposerFellowship and has received fellowships and grants from the BushFoundation, the Minnesota Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation's ComposerCommissioning Program, and Meet the Composer, Inc. He has taught music and performance art at the University of Illinois, the Minneapolis College ofArt and Design and the MacPhail Center for the Arts. He is currently anAssociate Professor of Media and Fine Arts and producer of the StrangeAttractors Festival of Experimental Intermedia Art at Metropolitan State University.

Double Helix, Double Negative

Two sculpture-scores by David Means.

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