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Douglas Irving Repetto

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Douglas Repetto Design and Fabrication

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Humans are entering, or maybe have entered, an era of post-wilderness, at least on earth. There's a lot of talk about "the Anthropocene", the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. Real world situations (flooding, extreme weather, extinction events) are forcing, finally, difficult reckonings. There's no going back. But what's ahead? Feelings of nostalgia and terror are quick to rise, but what else is there? I want to suggest strange, playful, difficult, confusing possible futures. A modest hope is that my work seeds a kind of optimistic nihilism; we're doomed, what's next?

Douglas Irving Repetto is an artist and teacher. His work, including sculpture, installation, performance, recordings, and software is presented internationally. He is the founder of a number of art/community-oriented groups including dorkbot: people doing strange things with electricity, ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show, organism: making art with living systems, and the music-dsp mailing list and website. Douglas taught for years at Columbia University, where he was the Director of Research for the Computer Music Center and later, the founding director of the Sound Arts MFA program in the School of the Arts. He lives in Memphis and NYC with his wife, writer Amy Benson, their tween son, a thriving worm bin, and a small garden. (N.B. the tween son is a human, not a thriving worm bin.)

Friends, teachers, mentors, and collaborators, from whom I've stolen most of my good ideas: Larry Polansky, Jody Diamond, Tom Erbe, Joel Fox, Amy Benson, Johnny Lorenz, David Rosenboom, Sara Roberts, Vincent Carte (Akira Rabelais), Chris Mann, Barbara Bloom, Brad Garton, Terry Pender, Luke DuBois, Jon Kessler, Kyle Lapidus, Tali Hinkis, Nick Didkovsky, Phil Burk, David Birchfield, and many more!