may 2019 | magnet center
Robert Ruth’s piece untitled signal paths is an interactive installation/performance that utilizes a room-sized analog audiovisual synthesizer. The technology developed for the installation builds on research done and works by Nam June Paik, Pia Van Gelder, Justice Yeldham, and many other pioneers and artists in video art. Six audio synthesizers, forty patch points, and four cathode ray tube televisions modified to bend electrons in accordance with the sound make up the bulk of the system. At its core, the medium is the audiovisual instrument itself; an unpredictable machine of messy wires and stray electrons that make up one single circuit. The audience can change that circuit, if they so choose, by reaching out to patch points in the room and making connections that will add their body into the circuit of the instrument. The piece was developed with the goal of addressing and contemplating violence as an act done by an audience to a work of art. Its interactivity is built in to deal with the artist’s conception of a public as both destructive and formative to artworks. The artist creates a three hour performance without the audience, then watches as the audience simultaneously destroys and creates the piece.
september 2018 | magnet center
work combining oil paintings of digital art, video, and audio.
may 2018 | magnet center
a story-based art installation featuring paintings, film work, VR pieces, and a 3 hour music composition.
august 2018 | black box 2 metrotech
collaboration with alex baumann, a reimagining of a healthy future