Jonathan Reus is a Dutch-American musician, designer and new media artist. His work is strongly syncretic, borrowing and remixing multiple traditions of music performance and new media art, mathematics, pedagogy and scientfic research. Much of Reus’ work investigates the ideologies of technoculture through a research process rooted in performance and electronic music. He is especially interested in the dichotomy between the artist as tool maker and the artist as tool consumer, and the poetics of the remix in technical systems.
In 2009 Jonathan received a Fulbright Fellowship to develop 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 collective and production house based in The Hague. Together with Sissel Tonn, he co-founded Platform for Thought in Motion, a curatorial and social initiative programming public extra-Academic formats for artists to collide with experts from the sciences and humanities.
Jonathan co-developed the Digital Media bachelors at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media at Leuphana University’s cultural studies department, where he created a practice-based pedagogical format crossing disciplinary boundaries between mathematics, informatics, history and cultural theory. He has lectured on the topic of performative sound and technological mediation at numerous art academies throughout the Netherlands and internationally.
Jonathan’s work has been shown at numerous international venues for music and new media art, including transmediale (Berlin), Hangar (Barcelona), STEIM (Amsterdam), Studio LOOS (The Hague), TodaysArt (The Hague), SPEKTRUM (Berlin), De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), International Film Festival Rotterdam, Fabryka Sztuki (Łódź), MÓZG (Warsaw), Re-new (Copenhagen), STUK (Leuven), LIG Art Foundation (Seoul), APO33 (Nantes), Media Lab Prado (Madrid), and NK Projekt (Berlin).