Jonathan Reus (b. US) is an artist, musician, composer, and researcher based in the Netherlands. Fundamentally interdisciplinary in approach, Reus’ performance and artistic works are characterised by hands-on experimentation, hybrid-thinking, and consideration for the material conditions and surroundings in which art, technologies, and communities are created.
In this spirit, Reus’ music and performance draw equally from vernacular folk music traditions as from live-coding and computational data. He uses recombination, intervention, and modification of tools and technologies to uncover new narratives and imagine techno-musical futures.
Jonathan Reus’ projects, research, performance and pedagogy rely on playful testing of materials in the hands of collaborators, and a generosity towards audience; a belief that knowledge and understanding arrives through shared experience and experimentation.
In 2016, Reus was awarded the prize for cross-disciplinary education at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany where he was associate lecturer of Computing and Coded Culture and helped design the Digital Media Bachelors program.
Reus has received multiple commissions as a composer and artist from Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Slagwerk Den Haag, and Asko-Schönberg Ensemble, including composing original music and devising a complex theatrical instrument of reel-to-reel tape machines and audio routing system performed by live coding for Brave New World 2.0, a nationally-touring ensemble production.
Reus is a recipient of the W. J. Fulbright Fellowship for his work in research and development of electronic music instruments and sonic interaction design.