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Jace Clayton

Lives in Brooklyn, NY

Born 1975, Framingham, MA

Writer, Musician, Sound Artist

I'm an interdisciplinary artist whose practice has evolved out of my work as a DJ, built around core concerns for how sound, public space, and use of technology in low-income communities interact, with an emphasis on Latin America, Africa and the Arab world. I am currently developing SUFI PLUG INS, a free suite of audio software tools based on non-western/poetic conceptions of sound and alternative interfaces. In the fall of 2012 I will debut The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner, a performance piece that restages three of Julius Eastman's compositions using pianos, cellos and boomboxes, accompanied by a new libretto about the job search for an Eastman impersonator in New York City. I maintain a busy international touring schedule as DJ Rupture. These artistic activities find counterpart in my weekly WFMU (91.1 FM NYC) radio show Mudd Up; in grassroots curatorial projects such as spearheading 2011's art-research residency Beyond Digital, which took place in Casablanca and Tangiers, Morocco; in hosting a book club; and in a series of live radio shows that incorporate video, which are held at Brooklyn's Spectacle Theater. I am currently writing a nonfiction book on music at the dawn of the digital century to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

1997 B.A., Harvard University


2011 El Preplandor: The Shining in Dubai (Sub Rosa, CD)

2008 Uproot (The Agriculture, CD)

2002 Minesweeper Suite (Tigerbeat6, CD)

2001 Gold Teeth Thief (Soot, CD)


2011 The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner, performed at Performa 11, New York, NY; 2012 performance scheduled at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2010 Radio GooGoo, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2005 DJ performance with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona, Spain


2010 Makers Muse Award, The Kindle Project

2010 Spring Artist-in-Residence, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, New York, NY

2009 Artist-in-Residence, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

Year Awarded 2012
Category Music/Sound
clayton2.jpg Jace Clayton, photo courtesy of the artist
clayton3.jpg Jace Clayton, photo courtesy of the artist