The Department of Digital + Media
Rhode Island School of Design

D+M Visiting Artist Series: Kurt Ralske

Kurt Ralske’s video and sound installations, performances, and 2D works are created exclusively with his own custom software, written in C++ and Java. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the 2009 Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Bilbao, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

His work is focused on the digital analysis and transformation of pre-existing cultural artifacts, for the purpose of interrogating their underlying schemas of temporality. The aim is a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that create, retain, and transmit meaning, as they function in time.

Kurt is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship, and received First Prize at the Transmediale International Media Art Festival in Berlin in 2003. He programmed and co-designed the 9-channel video installation that is permanently in the lobby of the MoMA in NYC. He is also the author/programmer of Auvi, a popular video software environment in use by artists in over 25 countries.

Kurt resides in New York City. He has taught full-time at the graduate and undergraduate level at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the Video and Sound Departments, and the School of Visual Arts, New York, in the MFA Computer Art Department.