March 29, 2013
Collaborative movement/video piece by our pal Jed Speare and Marjorie Morgan, at MIT Museum in Cambridge, Mass., part of the CyberArts Loops event, April 2009. Photo by Bob Raymond.
Jed Speare is a crossover artist who has been working in sound, video, and performance for over thirty years. His upcoming double-CD release, Sound Works, 1980-1987, reflects his investigation and uniquely expressive practice of musique concrete-like analogue sound/field recording, editing, combining and mixing during that era. He is the creator of Cable Car Soundscapes (1982), on Smithsonian Folkways Records, a project that begins as a sound documentary and ends as a tape composition based on Cable Car sounds. In the early eighties he also recorded with the San Francisco groups, Research Library (Red Spot compilation LP; Subterranean Records), Ultrasheen (7" ep; Subterranean), and Appliances.
Over the past twenty years, Speare has been actively presenting his work in national and international festivals, initiatives, and contexts. From 1996 through 2004, he served as Co-Director and Director of Mobius, an artist-run organization for experimental work in all media, based in Boston. He has been a member of the Mobius Artists Group since 1995, and is currently Director of Studio Soto, "a space for ideas," in Boston.