Diebes, Joe


Joe Diebes

B.A., Interdisciplinary Humanities, Yale University
Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art


As an artist, I am interested in how different creative and intellectual disciplines can come together in unexpected ways to make something new. I have deeply engaged with a number of fields in New York City over the last fifteen years including visual art, experimental theater, new media, sound art, writing, and music, often combining elements from all of these in my performance projects and gallery installations. The ongoing focus of my work is a critical investigation into our contemporary digital culture and the effects of technological systems on our minds, bodies, and voices. As a teacher, I hope to share my conviction that the visceral practice of art making and rigorous thinking through ideas are not opposites, but a continuous field of inspiration from which to draw.
Courses Taught:
Creative Algorithms

Recent Presentations/Exhibits:


Chronology (2011), solo exhibition, Paul Rodgers / 9W Gallery, New York, NY 

Touch (2010), exhibition of large-scale video installation, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, U.K.

BITT (2010), group exhibition, Artrang Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Kinetic (2010), group exhibition, Dash Gallery, New York, NY

IN STANDARD TIME (2010), group exhibition, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, NY

Human Nature (2009), group exhibition, Festival Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
Scherzo awarded an Honorary Mention in the 2009 competition

They Say That Time Changes Things (2009), film screening, The UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Mind + Soul | Sensibility x Sensation (2008), two-person show, Yuanfen New Media Gallery, Beijing, China

summer show (2007), group exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

Scherzo (2007), solo exhibition, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 

emblem (2006), outdoor public sound installation (commission), Winter Olympics 2006, Torino, Italy

Cavities (2006), group exhibition, Main Art Gallery, California State University Fullerton, CA 

Song of Transformation (2005), solo exhibition, Bell Gallery / Brown University, Providence, RI

premonitions (2005), solo exhibition, Paul Rodgers/9W Gallery, New York, NY

String Quartet No. 2 (2005), solo exhibition, JSP New Media Gallery, Seattle, WA

vessels (2004), solo exhibition, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA

Perfect Pitch (2004), group exhibition, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

music marking making music (2004), group exhibition and curation, Paul Rodgers/9W, New York, NY

Suspension: Sonic Absorption (2004), group exhibition, installation commissioned by the College Art Association,
exhibited at Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA

Setting the Tone (2003), group exhibition, installation commissioned by Music At The Anthology GAle GAte et al., Brooklyn, NY

2013 HERE Arts Center. NYC
BOTCH, sound-performance work

2010 STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music), Amsterdam, NL
Studies In Automatic Performance, sound-performance work

2009 Hypatia, chamber opera based on a libretto by Mac Wellman
reading presented at LMCC Swingspace, NYC

2008 Festival Novellum, Toulouse, France
i/o, hybrid sound and movement performance installation
in collaboration with Phil Soltanoff

2007 Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore
biggerbetterfaster, sound and movement work in collaboration with Jo-Anne Lee

Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX
hybrid sound and movement piece presented in airplane hangar

2006 Isamu Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY
Noguchi Cycles, performance installation (commission)

2005 New Moves Festival of Live Art, Glasgow, UK
Strange Birds, British premiere of opera installation

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