contact name: David Means
Pseudonym: Davis Menas
Studio 677 eXperimental interMedia Studio
Metropolitan State University
DMA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Music Composition (1974-1978)
MM Northern Illinois University at DeKalb; Music Theory and Composition (1974)
BM Northern Illinois University at DeKalb; Music Theory and Composition (1973)
AA Black Hawk College, Moline, Illinois; Music Education (1972)
BArch (coursework) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Architecture (1965-1968)
Associate Professor of Experimental Intermedia Art
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul (1982-)
Adjunct Faculty: Minneapolis College of Art and Design; University of Illinois; Carleton College; MacPhail Center for the Arts; St. Olaf College
McKnight Composer Fellowships (2000, 1995, 1991, 1982)
Bush Artist Fellowship (1988)
Composer Commissioning Program (Jerome Foundation-American Composers Forum) (1990, 1981)
Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships (1989, 1985, 1979)
Minneapolis Arts Commission Public Arts Project Development Grant (1988)
Intermedia Arts Translations Collaboration Project (1983)
Bratnober Commissioning Program (1979)
2011 "Mixed Media: The Faculty Show", Gordon Parks Gallery, Metropolitan State Univ., St. Paul. 2009 "Mixed Media: The Faculty Show", Third Floor Gallery, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul.
2008 "Notations 21", Chelsea Museum of Art, New York City.
1997 "Visual Sounds", Het Stroomhuis; Neerijnen, The Netherlands (with Pierre Bastien and Felix Hess).
1997 "Strange Attractors", solo exhibition at Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
1993 "Specific Voices (Public Domain)", solo show of scores & installations; Northfield Art Center Gallery. Northfield, Minnesota.
1992 "In the Forest of Symbols: Toward a Language of Image and Sound"; Intermedia Arts Gallery, Minneapolis.
1992 "Notations: 1952-1992", group show; Kulturhaus Dock 4, Kassel, Germany.
1988 "Public ART Possibilities", a touring exhibit of 15 proposals for Minneapolis; Minneapolis Arts Commission.
1986-7 "Eye Music: The Graphic Art of New Musical Notation", org. by the Arts Council of Great Britain.
1986 "Scribing Sound II", group show curated by Sylvia Smith; DiverseWorks Gallery, Houston, Texas.
1984 "Scribing Sound", group show curated by Sylvia Smith Real Artways, Hartford, Connecticut.
1981 "Notations", group show curated by David Means and Graham Beale, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
1979 "The Eye of the Composer", group show, Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
1979 "Roulette at N.A.M.E.", group exhibition/residency at N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago.
1978 "Graphic Scores of David Means", solo exhibition curated by John Fonville, Tyler Art Gallery, State University of New York at Oswego.
SELECTED FESTIVALS, CONFERENCES AND SERIES:
2012 "Echofluxx 12" Prague, CZ ("The Prague Spirals")2009 "Roulette Performance Series",New York City2008 "Border Learning Conference", Las Cruces. 2006-7 Strange Attractors Festivals - Studio 677 eXperimental interMedia, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul.
2006-7 Minneapolis College of Art and Design; with Carei Thomas, Steve Goldstein and Pat O'Keefe.
2006 Microfest 2006, Los Angeles; ""Roland's Ghost", with Ron George, Susan Rawcliffe and Alex Cline.
2006 American Composers Forum, Southern Theater; "Tumbleweed", solo installation for prepared electric guitar and MIDI perfoirmance system.
2005 American Composers Forum Salon, St. Paul; "Fallujah" for solo wind controller; March 15th..
2005 Roulette at Location One Gallery, New York City; "Roland's Ghost", with Steve Goldstein; October 8th.
2004 and 2005 SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Art; Universtiy of Minnesota. (with Steve Goldstein and Carei Thomas)
"Forward Observer" for duo computer systems (2004)
"Plato's Cave" for trio (2005)
2002-4 Strange Attractors Festival - Studio 677 eXperimental interMedia, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul. (with Fred Ho, George Cartwright, Carei Thomas and Steve Goldstein)
2001 Roulette Spring Series - Roulette Intermedium, New York City. ("This World (and then the Fireworks)")
2000 Sonic Circuits VIII - "FuturePerfect X" Landmark Center, St. Paul (with Susan Rawcliffe and Fred Ho)
1999 "The Six Exquisites III" International Sound Art Festival, Tacoma & Seattle, WA ("8 Diagrams")
1998 Sonic Circuits VI - Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis. ("The Sword of Damocles")
1998 Eighth Annual Festival - Experimental Intermedia, New York, New York. ("Serpent Mound")
1998 NOW Festival of New Music - Capital State University, Columbus, Ohio. ("Body/Logic")
1996 "4 International Sound Artists" - "First Night '96", City of Tacoma, Washington. ("Magister Ludi")
1995 "At Dusk and Dawn" - Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center. ("In the Garden of Voices")
1994 Xi'An Conservatory of Music - Xi'An, China. ("Eight Diagrams")
1993 Crane Festival of New Music- Potsdam College of the State University of New York. ("Berliner Andenken")
1992 Documenta IX - International Visual Arts Festival; Kassel, Germany. ("World Without Castles")
1991 12th Annual New Music and Art Festival, Bowling Green State University, Ohio. ("Berliner Andenken")
1990 Roulette Spring Series - Roulette Intermedium, New York City.
1986 "Art Etonne...Forming the Open Universe" - Bibliotech Nationale, Luxembourg- ("KIOSK")
1986 New Music America - Houston. ("KIOSK" and "Floorpiece")
1986 Ninth Annual Contemporary Music Festival - California Institute of Arts. ("Floorpiece II")
1984 Institut de Ie Recherche et Coordination Acoustique Musique (I.R.C.A.M.) - Paris. (Villagers Project)
1984 New Music America - Hartford. ("Floorpiece")
1983 Festival of Graphic Music - Stuttgart ("(No Immediate) Word")
1980 New Music America - Minneapolis. ("Support System V: The Gnomes of Zurich")
1979 St. John's Smith Square - London ("Tablatures V")
Fall, 2012 "Meronymy" for Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis Spring, 2012 ""The Prague Spirals", Echofluxx12, CZ Summer, 2009 "Tumbleweed" trio with Cyrus Pireh and Anthony Ptak at Roulette Performance Series, NYC.Spring, 2009"God's Ear", music and sound design for Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis. 2007"Dead City", music and sound design for Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis. 2006 "Tumbleweed", solo performance at Southern Theater, Minneapolis (part of the American Composers Forum's "Sound Check" series. October 14, 2005 "Roland's Ghost", interactive performance installation for two laptops and audience interface;
Strange Attractors 13 Festival of Experimental Intermedia Art
Studio 677 eXperimental interMedia
Metropolitan State University.
April 8, 2005 "Roland's Ghost", interactive performance installation for three musicians, visual projections and amplified graphic score.
With Carei Thomas (kb & voice) and Steve Goldstein (laptop)
Studio 677 eXperimental interMedia
Metropolitan State University.
April, 2005 "Roland's Ghost", solo performance installation at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
April, 2004 "Sentir Paris", with Mary Gavie and Marlene Tupy at Strange Attractors XII Festival.
Studio 677 eXperimental interMedia
Metropolitan State University.
"Walking Through Songs", with Carei Thomas and Steve Goldstein at "Strange Attractors XI Festival (November, 2003), and "I=Listen", RADIO MCAD (April, 2004).
November, 2002 "Jackass Boy George and the Bullys of Babylon Go To War: Once Upon a Time in Paranoid America"; with Fred Ho and Steve Goldstein; Strange Attractors IX, Studio 677 eXperimental interMedia, St. Paul.
March, 2002 "3/11: A Home/Land (Security)" with Steve Goldstein; Bedlam Theater, Minneapolis.
February, 2002 "This World (and then the Fireworks)" with the Nobles eXperimental interMedia Group; Bedlam Theater, Minneapolis.
February, 2002 "Evening of Improvised Music" with Tom Kanthak and Jonathan Bayley; "Musser New Music Series at the Landmark Center"; St. Paul.
April, 2001 "This World (and then the Fireworks)", collaborative performance with Steve Goldstein (laptop computer) and Wendy Ultan (voice) at Roulette Intermedium, New York City.
December, 2000 "Environmentally interActive", collaboration with Gary Schulte (violin) and Steve Goldstein (laptop); "Strange Attractors V" festival, Nobles eXperimental InterMedia Studio, St. Paul.
November, 2000 "FuturePerfect X", collaboration with Fred Ho (baritone Sax) and Susan Rawcliffe (winds) at "Sonic Circuits VII", Walker Art Center / American Composers Forum, Landmark Center, St. Paul.
November, 2000 "New Music for New Instruments", collaboration with Susan Rawcliffe; "Strange Attractors V" festival, Nobles eXperimental InterMedia Studio, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul.
October, 2000 "Fire in the Lake", amplified score and duo with Warren Burt (laptop); Strange Attractors V" festival, Nobles eXperimental InterMedia Studio, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul.
September, 2000 "Electric Heart", collaboration with Gary Schulte (violin) and Steve Goldstein (laptop) for the Caponi Art Park, Eagan.
May, 1999 "Future Perfect: 1999", one act opera in collaboration with Georgia Stephens; "Strange Attractors II" 2nd International Festival of Experimental Intermedia Arts, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul.
Nov. 1998 "The Sword of Damocles", video/performance installation; Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis.
March, 1998 "Serpent Mound", solo performance; Ohio State University and Experimental Intermedia, NYC.
June, 1997 "SoundStation Antarctica", performance installation for 10th Anniversary of Stichting (Foundation) Antarctica, Activiteitencentrum 2B Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
April, 1997 "Strange Attractors", amplified score and performance installation for soloist; concert, Stichting (Foundation) Logos, Ghent, Belgium.
Apr-May, 1997 "Strange Attractors", amplified score and performance installation for soloist and viewers; concerts and demonstrations, Het Stroomhuis, The Netherlands.
March, 1997 "Strange Attractors", amplified score and performance installation (2 players; with flutist Suzanne Thierry) and exhibition; Hiroko Nakamoto Gallery, School of Art, Bowling Green State University.
June, 1996 "WildLife Light/Sound Forms", installation as part of "Woodsworks at the Wildlife Refuge"; Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington.
January, 1996 "Magister Ludi", collaborative performance installation; as part of "First Night '96; Four International Sound Artists", City of Tacoma, Washington.
August, 1995 "In the Garden of Voices", performance installation for three players designed for the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden event "At Dusk and Dawn" (with Georgia Stephens & Tom Kanthak).
October, 1994 "Graphic Scores: 1974-1994", presentation at Xi'An Conservatory of Music, China.
August, 1994 "Stanton Airfield Land/Forms", environmental sound composition, installation and performance event, featuring Bill and Mary Buchen, Johnny Rodriguez and others; Stanton, Minnesota.
April, 1993 "Berliner Andenken", Crane Festival of New Music, Potsdam College. of State Univ. of New York.
July, 1992 "World Without Castles" Documenta IX, Kulturhaus Dock 4, Kassel, Germany; (David Means, solo wind controller and live sound processing).
June, 1992 "Cannon River Wave/Forms"; environmental performance installation along the Cannon River, Northfield, Minnesota, during the summer solstice.
April, 1992 "In the Forest of Symbols: Intermedia Compositions by David Means"; Intermedia Arts Minnesota.
Bibliotech Nationale, Luxembourg
Xi An Conservatory of Music Library, China
Scribing Sound Collection of Graphic Scores, California
Insitiute of Arts and University of Akron's Sylvia Smith Archives.
2007 DEAD CITY - sound design and music for Red Eye Theater's production of play by Shelia Callighan, Minneapolis.
2000 ELECTRIC HEART - sound recordings and performances for the Caponi Art Park, Eagan. MN.
1999 CAPONI LAND/FORMS - sound and performance installation for the Caponi Art Park, Eagan, MN.
1997 SOUNDSTATION ANTARCTICA - performance installation " Antarctica", Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
1997 N0 EXIT - live music for Georgia Stephens Contemporary Dance Theater, Minneapolis.
1996 CHELSEA'S TALE - live music for Georgia Stephens Contemporary Dance Theater, Minneapolis.
1995 IN THE GARDEN OF VOICES - performance installation for the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden.
1994 STANTON AIRFIELD LAND/FORMS - Environmental sound composition, installation and performance event; commissioned by Triangle Aviation and the Northfield Arts Guild.
1994 GERTRUDE'S WORDS - live music for Georgia Stephens Contemporary Dance Theater, Minneapolis.
1992 CANNON RIVER WAVE/FORMS - environmental sound installation, for the Northfield Arts Guild.
1992 DISTANT VOICES OF PLUTO - for orchestra and electronics; commissioned by the Bowling Green Symphony.
1990 NEW ATLANTIS SUITE - for digital wind controller and wind ensemble; commissioned by Rosemount High School.
1987 TRANSIT MUSIC - for voices and electronics, commissioned by LISTEN ("A Sonic Tour of the Twin Cities").
1985 MUSIC FOR THE RIVER - dance score for MaryLee Hardenbergh's "Solstice Falls Project", Minneapolis.
1983 COMPATIBLE STATEMENTS III - for chamber orchestra, commissioned by SFZ ensemble, MacPhail Center for the Arts, Minneapolis.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis;
Serpentine Gallery, London;
Kulturhaus Dock 4, Kassel, Germany;
LOGOS Gallery, Ghent, Belgium;
het Stroomhuis, The Netherlands;
Weisman Museum. Minneapolis;
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts;
N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago;
Real Artways, Hartfort, CT;
Diversworks Gallery, Houston;
Intermedia Arts Gallery, Minneapolis;
Coffman Gallery, Univ, of Minnesota;
Tacoma Art Museum; Tacoma, Washington;
Tyler Art Gallery, State University of New York at Oswego;
Hiroko Nakamoto Gallery, School of Art, Bowling Green State University;
Boa Cultural Center, Lucerne;
Gordon Parks Gallery at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul.
Public Art Review #22, Forecast Public Arts (Spring, 2000)
Share the Music, McGraw-Hill Music Textbook (2000)
The New Yorker Magazine, May, 2001
"Strange Attractors International Festivals of Experimental Intermedia Art", Nobles eXperimental interMedia Studio, Metropolitan State University; 8 festivals; 1998-
"Music From the Dark Side", 4 Halloween concerts of experimental music; Mounds Theater, St. Paul; The Grand Theater, Northfield; 1992-2001.
"Roulette Performance Series", 50 concerts at D.K. Studios, Minneapolis; May and November, 1981.
Country of Citizenship:
Rock Island, Illinois
October 14, 1947