in the womb (photo courtesy of Arcus Project)

Sound artist and filmmaker Curtis Tamm develops projects which are more like speculative worlds than distinct works of art. Though wild in subject matter, the outcome of this practice is grounded by correlative questioning, extensive fieldwork, and a fractal form of research interweaving the fields of rheology (study of flow) and phenomenology, with sensory ethnography and improvisational music. His work offers escape from recursive thinking within the binary of culture and ecology, through visceral performances and exhibitions focused upon intimacy with the inhuman, conveyed by techniques of disorientation and sensory subtlety elevated to the precision and style of a material craft. 
 

Recently, he has been developing a multi-faceted project as a fellow of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Art and Technology Lab, exploring the relationship between catastrophe and the evolution of the senses, investigating the structure of Eastern geo-mythology, and mapping these relational dynamisms through speculative designs for the abandoned WW2 air-raid sirens scattered across Los Angeles. 
 

write to curtis.tamm@gmail.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of California at Berkeley
2008 - 2010
Film Studies BA

University of California Los Angeles
2012 - 2014
Design Media Arts MFA

                                                                                                                                                                                         

Awards and Grants

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Art and Technology Grant, 2017-2018
New Music USA 2017
Arts Council England, International Development Fund 2016
University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) Major Grant 2013
University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) Mini Grant 2012
Wiliam Nestrick Thesis Award UC Berkeley, 2010
Roslyn Eisner Award for Creative Excellence UC Berkeley, 2010

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Residencies 

      Arcus Project, Moriya City, Ibaraki, Japan (2017)
 Skaftfell Center for Visual Art & GPL Walker Geology Center, Iceland (2016)
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska (2016)
Titanik Gallery, Turku,  Finland (2016)
Santozeum, Santorini, Greece (2015)

 

Select Performances/Exhibitions (2014-2019)

Center for Cellular Alignment - debut solo exhibition, curated by Kenichi Kondo. Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (forth-coming, 2019)

Ripening: Seedlings- live sound design for Vanessa Walter's dance/theater piece. Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, New York (2018)

The Space Between Hearing and Listening - lecture performance, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2017)

Center for Cellular Alignment -- audio/visual research into culture/catastrophe + residency/performance/exhibition, Arcus Project, Moriya City, Ibaraki, Japan (2017)

Opera for Known and Unknowable Universerses -- multi-media performance with Travis Wyche and Maneesh Raj Madahar, Mengi Performing Arts Center, Rekjavik Iceland (2016)

From Byss to Abyss and Back Again -- multi-media performance with Omar Zubair & Maneesh Raj Madahar, BetaLevel, Los Angeles, CA (2016)

Balancing the Stone-- research oriented residency & exhibition,  Titanik Gallery, Turku,  Finland (2016)

The Thing Is All Around Itself -- Live-cinema performance in 17th century cathedral. EXteresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico (2014)

A Room In Which The Only Wall Is In The Middle-- MFA thesis exhibition, live cinema performance/installation. Experimental Digital Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA (2014)

Those Who At Close Range Resemble Flies-- performance/lecture with Hermione Spriggs. UCLA Art/Sci gallery, California Nano Systems Institute, Los Angeles, CA (2013)

Those Who From Afar Appear as Islands-- Lecture/performance hosted by the Lorquin Entomological Society at BIOQUIP Supply Warehouse (largest entomological supply store in the world), Collaboration with Hermione Spriggs, Los Angeles, CA (2013)

Coyote Anthropology -- Angle of Incidence(UCLA, DMA group show), Design Matters, Los Angeles, CA (2012)

Transmutating Into the 8th and the 9th-- performance/lecture w/ Maneesh Raj Madahar & Omar Zubair, University of Florida, Corpus/Bodies Conference, Gainsville, Florida (2012)

Capturing and Releasing the Vapor -- Pataphysical symposium presented by the "Multi-versity". Collaboration with Hermione Spriggs, Omar Zubair, Maneesh Raj Madahar, Mike Glover. BetaLevel, Los Angeles, CA (2012)

A Shapeless Spectacle -- multi-media performance. Collaboration with Maneesh Raj Madahar & Travis Wyche, Berkeley Art Museum, CA (2011)

Tomato Quintet v2.0 -- multi-media installation commissioned by zero1 & Swissnex. Collaboration with Greg Neimeyer and Chris Chaffe. San Jose Museum of Modern Art, San Jose, CA (2011)

Efflorescence of Duramater -- multi-media performance. Collaboration with Michael Campos-Quinn. Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (2011)

.hour) or a fis... -- Eisner award film screening, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA (2010)

Teaching
Teaching Assistant to Christian Moller -- UCLA Design | Media Arts, Video, 2014
 Teaching Assistant to Rebeca Mendez -- UCLA Design | Media Arts, Undergraduate Senior Projects, 2013
Teaching Assistant to Noa Kaplan -- UCLA Design | Media Arts, Color, 2013
Teaching Assistant to Peter Lunenfeld -- UCLA Design | Media Arts, Media Histories, 2013
 Instructor for Technological Possibilities for Alternative Cinemas, UC Berkeley, New Media Studies, 2010