David Stout is a visual artist, composer and performer exploring cross-media synthesis and interdisciplinary approaches to new genres bridging the arts, design and sciences. He holds an inter-arts MFA from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied with Ed Emshwiller, Jules Engel, Jim Pomeroy, Michael Scroggins and Bill Viola. His award winning works include live cinema performance, interactive video installation, electro-acoustic music composition and immersive telematic video events that emphasize multi-screen projection as an extension of performer, audience and architecture.
Since 2002 Stout has worked closely with creative partner, Cory Metcalf to examine the aesthetic possibilities for evolutionary generative systems, artificial life networks and simulation environments. The pair, who began their seminal collaboration in Santa Fe, New Mexico, are renown as founding members of the critically acclaimed interactive media ensemble, NoiseFold, which first premiered at the Festival Internationale d’Art Video in Casablanca, Morocco in spring 2006.
David’s ongoing collaborations with dancers, instrumentalists, computer programmers, composers and filmmakers include recent projects with cellist, Frances Marie Uitti (Netherlands), guitarist, Janet Feder (USA) and an upcoming work with early music group, Trio Kaze (Germany). Stout previously founded the MOV-iN Gallery and the Installation, Performance & Interactivity project (IPI) at the College of Santa Fe. He is at present coordinating activities for the Initiative for Advance Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA) at the University of North Texas located in the Dallas metropolitan area, where he holds a joint appointment in the College of Music, Division of Composition Studies and College of Visual Art and Design, Studio Art - New Media.
David is a recipient of numerous grants, awards and prestigious nominations including the New Mexico New Visions Award (2007), the Harvestworks Interactive Technology Award and the Sun Microsystems Award for Academic Excellence (2004) and a nominee for the USA Artist Fellowship (2008), International Media Art Prize (2004) and the WTN World Technology Award (2003).