Jonathan Reus [US/NL] is an experimental composer and artist-researcher who explores expanded forms of music-making as critical performances of technological artefacts. His practice is cross-disciplinary and research-based, involving open and iterative processes of collaboration with practitioners with musicians, performers and researchers from across the sciences and humanities. His work tries to confront and challenge the representational capacities of mathematical-logistical systems, algorithms, and media infrastructure through embodied acts of fragility, humor and grace.
In addition to his artistic work, Reus has tirelessly demonstrated his support for local, bottom-up artistic initiatives and novel artist-education formats through various forms of curation and community organization. Since 2013 he has worked as a founding member of the non-profit cultural initiative iii in The Hague. And in 2015 he co-founded The Platform for Thought in Motion, whose principal series The Reading Room was hosted at STROOM Den Haag before going nomadic in 2019. He was the curator/organizer of the first Berlin-based Algorave at transmediale festival in 2017, along with the performance program The Instrumental Subconscious, showcasing experimental musicians working with self-made instruments. And in 2016 he helped to design the Digital Media bachelors program at Leuphana University’s Center for Digital Cultures, where he won the teaching prize for cross-disciplinary education for his courses on computational literacy through sound and body. He is the recipient of a W. J. Fulbright fellowship for his work in the research of new digital instruments for music. He has also lectured on the topic of performative sound and technological mediation at academies of art and design, music conservatories and universities.