Steve Parker

Steve worked with Ivester Contemporar to realize the work shared here in Fusebox’s The It’s NOT Fair.

Title: Human Stylus

Medium: Safety headphones, found clothing, speakers, pencils, contact mics, galvanized steel, audio, electronics, Slinkys, salvaged brass, PVC, Sonar, plants

Description of the project: “Walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears” -Pauline Oliveros

This project draws influence from early Foley (adding sounds to live broadcasts of radio drama and early film), science fantasy, and Pauline Oliveros to produce a series of new wearable listening devices and instruments. Viewers are invited to wear artificial body appendages, makeshift hand-antennas, and bizarre ear trumpets to engage in alien forms of sonification.

Bio: Steve Parker is an artist, musician, and curator based in Austin, TX. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize, the Ashurst Prize (UK), the Tito’s Prize, a Fulbright, along with multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Parker works with salvaged musical instruments, amateur choirs, marching bands, urban bat colonies, flocks of grackles, and pedicab fleets to investigate systems of control, interspecies behavior, and forgotten histories. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures modeled after obsolete surveillance tools; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles.

Parker has exhibited and performed at institutions, public spaces, and festivals internationally. Highlights include the the American Academy in Rome (Italy), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Arkansas), CUE Art Foundation (NY), the Fusebox Festival (Austin), Gwangju Media Art Festival (Korea), the Guggenheim Museum (NY), the Lincoln Center Festival (NY), Los Angeles Philharmonic inSIGHT (LA), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), MASS MoCA (Massachusetts), the McNay Art Museum (San Antonio), Rich Mix (London), SXSW, and Tanglewood. As a soloist and as an artist of NYC-based “new music dream team” Ensemble Signal, he has premiered 200+ new works.

Parker has been awarded support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Mid America Arts Alliance. He is curator of SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art, Executive Director of Collide Arts, and a faculty member at UTSA. He holds degrees in Math and Music from Oberlin, Rice, and UT Austin.

Fusebox Performances