Follow Fluxus 2019 /
Jace Clayton

Jace Clayton, Follow Fluxus laureate 2019, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Credits: Max Lakner

The Follow Fluxus – After Fluxus 2019 grant for young contemporary artists called by the Hessian State Capital of Wiesbaden and the Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden goes in its twelfth year to Jace Clayton (*1975, Framingham, MA, US).

Since 2008 Follow Fluxus – After Fluxus supports young international artists whose work suggests ideas inherent to the Fluxus art movement in order to further develop the movement. The endowment of 10,000 Euro is provided annually for a residency in Wiesbaden from June 2019 through August 2019. The work stipend concludes with an exhibition of the artist’s created work in the same year between August 2019 and May 2020 and includes a publication. The jury of five persons consisted of Nevin Aladağ (artist and documenta 14 participant, Berlin), Dr. Matthias Mühling (director Lenbachhaus Munich), Michael Berger (Collection Berger, Wiesbaden), Dr. Isolde Schmidt (Cultural Office Wiesbaden) and Elke Gruhn (chairwoman, artistic director and curator, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden). Jace Clayton was proposed by Jessica Morgan, director of New York’s Dia Art Foundation, for the grant.

The jury chose from 39 nominations:
Jace Clayton utilizes music multidisciplinary understanding it as a medium that is perceived universally and independently of social and cultural background. A rigorous conceptual framework grounds his artistic production as it moves across areas as diverse as graphical-pictorial notation, interactive sound installations, composition of choral works, or music software design. He encyclopedically collects sounds and symbols from the collective memories of different (everyday) cultures of the world in order to intelligently historicize them and make them not only receptive for the present, but also usable. The free availability and thus democratic distribution of his open source software migrate the sounds like a living stream.

About the artist /
Jace Clayton (* 1975, Framingham, MA, US) studied English at Harvard University in Boston. He served as the Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University from 2017 to 2018 and has been a member of the Music/Sound Faculty of the MFA program at Bard College, New York, since 2013. Clayton is currently showing works from his one-year artist-in-residency at the Harvard Art Museums in a solo exhibition in the Lightbox Gallery. This year, he will contribute to the Sharjah Biennial. In 2016, his book Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture was published. He is also known for his musical work under the pseudonym DJ /rupture. He lives and works in New York.

The grant is made possible by the Cultural Office Wiesbaden.