BFA, Emerson College; PhD, The University of London. 



  • Against Ambience and Other Essays, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
  • In The Blink Of An Ear: Toward A Non-Cochlear Sonic Art, Bloomsbury Academic, 2009
  • One Reason To Live: Conversations about Music, Errant Bodies, 2006

Selected Articles

  • "Against A Falling Fabric: Listening to Neoliberalism," The Oxford Handbook of Sound Art, forthcoming 2018
  • "N.B.," Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2017
  • "Dams, Weirs, and Damn Weird Ears" in Marcel Cobussen, Barry Truax and Vincent Meelberg, eds., The Routledge Companion to  Sounding Arts, 2015
  •  "The Hole Truth: Doug Aitken's Sonic Pavilion," Artforum, November 2009

Selected Exhibitions

  • “My Body Blushed To The Whistle of the Birch,” performance, Westspace, Melbourne Australia, 2016
  • “Bars (of Ponge’s Soap),” solo exhibition, Threewalls, Chicago, 2015
  • “Enlist,” performance (with Mattin), CaixaForum, Barcelona Spain, 2014
  • “Singing Bird Pistols,” video, Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012
  • Tomorrow Is The Question? Is The Question!” solo exhibition, Audio Visual Arts, New York, 2012

Selected Curatorial Work

  • Curatorial Seminar Contributor, Inventing Abstraction: 1910–1925, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2011
  • Curator, Non-Cochlear Sound, Diapason Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2010
  • Curator, Gramophones, Films, Typewriters, Tate Modern, London, 2008
  • Curator, Aloud/Allowed Experimental Sound Series, Firehouse 12, New Haven, Connecticut, 2007
  • Curator, Open Sound Systems, Tate Modern, London, 2005
  • Curator, The Sound of Heaven and Earth, Tate Modern, London, 2005
  • Founder and Curator, The Cardigan Festival, Lounge Ax, Chicago, 1993–1997

Personal Statement

I write about sound as a medium, a tradition, and a problem, in the history of art. More specifically, my work aims to contextualize experimental sonic practice within a broader notion of conceptualism. I take a broad approach to sound, interrogating rock and roll, experimental and electronic music, and sound art. My most recent book, Against Ambience, interrogates the turn toward ambient, immersive experience in a spate of New York exhibitions in the summer of 2013. My previous book, In The Blink of an Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art, agitates for a sonic practice not predicated simply on what we hear. My current research looks at the intersections of rock and roll with conceptual art and politics from the mid-60s to the mid-80s.

I am also an artist and musician. My work has been presented work at venues around the world, including Tate Modern, The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, the Singapore Biennial, Peer Gallery in London, and Audio Visual Arts in New York. In the 1990s, I founded the Chicago-based rock bands Number One Cup and The Fire Show, releasing seven full-length albums, performing throughout North America and Europe, and recording two Peel sessions.


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.