Geoff Mullen

United States 1979

Installation, Sculpture, Photography

Geoff Mullen
Geoff Mullen
United States
January 19, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Geoff Mullen is artist who primarily experiments with music in a truly specific manner. While experimenting with sounds with emphasis on significance of the space in creation of the music, Geoff creates a unique audio story. Besides his work, he is also an active musician and founder of the Rare Youth, an independent record label dedicated to the support of local (RI) experimental music.

Geoff was born in Providence RI in 1979. He went to The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA for two years. After a while he enlisted in the Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA where he received a bachelor degree in 2004. As of last year he is a proud owner of the MFA degree which he received from the Bard College at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

In one of his interviews, Geoff stated that he is interested in exploring an expanded concept of site-specificity, approaching the installation site as a place to listen, gather sounds, manipulate them, and reintroduce them to a space. One of his main interests besides this is that he is also involved in the ubiquitous technique of digital reproduction, replication, and displacement–of turning the microphone back onto itself, and presenting work that insists on being listened to, or lived in, sometimes for long duration. The listener needs to rise up to a certain levels of conscious investment so the true capacity of his work can be experienced. His work needs to be listed to in a place–through varying levels of engagement or boredom – so the listener can hear something that is being lost or even create something of a new map between place and the virtual.

Mullen founds inspiration in fellow artists which resides on the other side of conventional. One of such examples is Gaston Duf, as he is a proud owner of his postcard. A lot of his newest creations is inspired or influenced by the banal hippie stuff–wind chimes, bongos, nature recordings, thus his studio carries the similar energy. Much of his time, Mullen spends listening to commune music and meditating to it. He founds these feel-good tropes to be a valuable starting point in entering the contemporary currents of the sounds and music itself.

From 2006 Geoff has been publishing his music, and up till next year Mullin’s work counts eleven solo pieces. First two he created back almost nine years ago and they are entitled The Air in Pieces and the Thrtysxtrllnmnfstns. The most recent one, the Wind Chimes was released recently under the Rare Youth Label. Mullen often collaborates with with Eli Keszler & Ashley Paul, Scott Reber, Kris Lapke, and Keith Fullerton.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014 Dirt Palace Window Gallery Olneyville, RI - "Traffic Study" installation.Group
2014UntitledBard College MFA Thesis exhibition, Red Hook, NYGroup
2014UntitledLa Vitrola, Montreal, QC Solo
2014UntitledGoethe-Institut, Boston, MA Solo
2014Bach to the FutureBrown University, Manning Chapel Solo
2013Locally Made exhibition - installation RISD Museum, Providence, RI Solo
2013Positive Feedback w CMW youth players, P.U.F.F.E.R.S. 3 music festival, RK Projects Olneyville, RI - Solo performanceGroup
2013RI - "Airess, Inc." installation Community Music Works annual Experimental Music Concert Group
2013Providence Metallizing Bldg. Pawtucket, Group
2012UntitledAusland, Berlin, DE Solo
2012UntitledHBC, Berlin, DE Solo
2012 on air performanceRadio Gagarin, Hamburg, DE Group
2012Plattfon Basel, CH Solo
2012Cave 12 Geneva, CH Solo
2012HS63 Brussels, BE Solo
2012Bar à Bateau Antwerp, BE Solo
2012OCCII Amsterdam, NE Solo
2012Espace en cours Paris, FR Solo
2012Cafe Oto London, UK Solo
2012Gaudeamus Muziekweek Museum Speelklok, Utrecht, NE Eli Keszler & Ashley PaulGroup
2012Grrrnd Zero0 Lyon, FR , with Eli Keszler & Ashley PaulGroup
2012Haus der Elektronischen Kunste - Basel CH, with Eli Keszler & Ashley PaulGroup
2012AP News, Zurich, CH Eli Keszler & Ashley PaulGroup
2012Scheld'Apen, Ultra Eczema's "Bruismelk" Festival Antwerp, BE - with Ashley PaulGroup
2012performance with Eli Keszler's "L-Carrier" installationEyebeam Art + Technology Center, New York, NY Group
2012Autumn Intermission show, performance with Eli KeszlerRH Gallery, New York, NY Group
2012soundtrack for Jo Dery's "Fireplace Loop" animation deCordova Museum, Biennial, Lincoln, MA Group
2012Untitled Zebulon, Brooklyn, NY Solo
2011RK Projects "Palimpsestic" group showProvidence, RI Solo
2011Non-Event concert series Boston, MA Solo
2011UntitledCasa del Popolo, Montreal, QC Solo
2011duo with Keith Fullerton WhitmanBCA Center, Burlington, VT Group
2011The Elevens- duo w KFW Northampton, MA Group
2011UntitledThe Aviary, Jamaica Plain, MA - Solo
2010Bunker Public Assembly Brooklyn, NY Solo
2010Outpost 186 Cambridge, MA Solo
2010Operatheque Providence, RI Solo
2009The Middle East- duo KFW Cambridge, MA Group
2009Great Scott- duo with KFW Allston, MA Group
2009The Piano Craft Guild - duo w KFW Boston, MA Group
2009The Church "Homegrown" Festival- duo with KFW Jamaica Plain, MA Group
2009Untitled YMCA Theatre, "Weirdstock" Festival- duo with KFWCambridge, MA Group
2009UntitledNom D'Artiste Boston, MA Solo
2009tour with Mark LordThee Old Hotel, Montreal, QC Solo
2009tour with Mark Lord Pats in the Flats Cleveland, OH Solo
2009Automatic - Solo tour w Mark Lord Chicago, IL Group
2009Apop Records- Solo tour w Mark Lord St. Louis, MO Solo
2009The Void - Solo tour w Mark Lord Lexington, KYGroup
2009The Art Damage Lodge- Solo performance Cincinnati, OH , tour with Mark LordGroup
2009Church of Crystal Light tour with Mark Lord Richmond, VA Solo
2009America - Solo performance, tour with Mark LordBaltimore MDGroup
2009Cha-Cha-Razzitour with Mark Lord Philadelphia, PA Solo
2009Red Light District tour with Mark Lord Rockaway Beach, NY Solo
2008tour w Eli KeszlerFirehouse, Worcester, MA Solo
2008tour w Eli KeszlerBard College, Annandale-on-Hudson Solo
2008The Spotty Dog tour w Eli Keszler Hudson, NY Solo
2008Brickbat Books - Solo performance, tour w Eli Keszler Philadelphia, PA Group
2008 Solo performance, tour w Eli KeszlerThe Knitting Factory, New York, NY Group
2008The Empty Bottle Solo performance tour w Eli Keszler Chicago, IL Solo