Jonathan Reus is an American composer, researcher and curator whose work blends machine aesthetics with free improvisation. His broader research is into instruments and instrumentations, and their potential to bring new insight into knowing the world.
Jonathan has shown work internationally, most recently at Hangar (Barcelona), TodaysArt Festival (The Hague), De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), International Film Festival Rotterdam, Re-new Festival (Copenhagen), STUK (Leuven), Sound Performing Body Festival (Kaohsiung), LIG Art Foundation (Seoul), APO33 (Nantes), Media Lab Prado (Madrid), and NK Projekt (Berlin).
In 2009 Jonathan received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research into computationally-mediated musical instruments at the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) in Amsterdam. Afterwards he worked at STEIM as a curator, research coordinator and educator. He is a founding member of the Instrument Inventors Initiative instrument-makers collective based in The Hague, and is co-founder of the Platform for Thought in Motion, a curatorial initiative focusing on formats for artists to engage in discourses with experts from the sciences and humanities.
Jonathan is associate lecturer of Computing and Coded Culture at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media in Leuphana University, Lüneburg, where he has created teaching methods for hybrid coursework blending science, mathematics and cultural studies. He is also a lecturer in performative sound art at the ArtEZ academy of art in Arnhem.