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Richard Chartier (b.1971), sound and installation artist, is considered one of the key figures in the current of reductionist electronic sound art which has been termed both "microsound" and Neo-Modernist. Chartier's minimalist digital work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception and the act of listening itself.
Chartier's critically acclaimed sound works have been published over the past 11 years as 38 compact discs on labels such as 12k/LINE (US), Raster-Noton (Germany), Die Stadt (Germany), Spekk (Japan), Non Visual Objects (Austria), Mutek_rec (Canada), DSP (Italy), ERS (Netherlands), and Trente Oiseaux (Germany). He has collaborated with noted sound artists Taylor Deupree, William Basinski, CoH, and German pioneer Asmus Tietchens, as well as installation artists Evelina Domnitch, Dmitry Gelfand, and visual artist Linn Meyers. His work currently appears on 36 international sound art and electronic music compilations.
Chartier's sound works and installations continue to be presented internationally. His work has been exhibited in the 2002 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (US), Sounding Spaces at NTT/ICC (Japan), I Moderni / The Moderns at Castello di Rivoli (Italy), Resynthesis at The Art Institute of Chicago and with the traveling sound exhibit Invisible Cities. His solo and collaborative installations have been shown at the Art Gallery of University of Maryland (US), Media Lab Enschede (Netherlands), Montalvo Arts Center (US), G Fine Art (US), Die Schachtel (Italy), The Contemporary Museum of Baltimore (US), Fusebox (US), and Diapason (US).
Chartier continues to perform his work live across Europe, Japan, Australia, and North America. He has performed at noted art spaces/electronic music festivals including:  MUTEK (Canada), GRM/Maison de Radio France (France), Musiktriennale Koeln (Germany), Observatori (Spain), DEAF (Ireland), Transmediale (Germany), NETMAGE (Italy), Lovebytes (UK), The Leeds International Film Festival (UK), The Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands), REDCAT (US), and La Batie (Switzerland) and at art museums including: ICA (UK), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (DC), ICC (Japan), CAPC Musée D'Art Contemporain De Bordeaux (France), Musee d'Art Contemporain (Canada), The Contemporary Art Centre (Lithuania), and Sculpture Center (NY). His live performances have taken place in conjunction with the exhibits Frequenzen [Hz] at the Schirn Kunsthalle (Germany) and A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958-1968 and Visual Music at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (US).
Since 2000, Chartier has continued to curate his influential recording label LINE, publishing over 40 CDs and DVDs documenting the compositional and installation work of international sound artists who explore the aesthetics of contemporary and digital minimalism. Chartier's Series, the premiere release on LINE, was awarded an Honorable Mention for Digital Music by Austria’s prestigious Prix Ars Electronica in 2001.

In 2006, Chartier was invited by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to create a sound work in conjunction with the Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibit. Titled Specification.Fifteen and composed with musician Taylor Deupree, this work is inspired by Sugimoto's Seascape series. The audio performance premiere in the museum’s curved Lerner Room at sunset reflected the duality and stillness of Sugimoto's series. The live recording was released on compact disc through Chartier's LINE label. The work was awarded one of five Honorable Mentions for outstanding contemporary artistic positions in digital media art by the Jury of Transmediale.07 Award (Germany). With a special slowly shifting video piece incorporating Sugimoto's Seascapes, a new version of Specifiation.Fifteen premiered at Berlin’s Akademie der Kuenste (Germany) in 2007. This audio/visual performance has subsequently been presented at Issue Project Room (NY) and Torun’s Center for Contemporary Art (Poland) and continues to be adapted.
In 2007, Chartier was invited by the Washington Project for the Arts, to curate two evenings of video and sound at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and month long screenings at G Fine Art (US) and Ellipse Art Center (US). This program, titled ColorField REMIX, assembled an array of internationally noted new media artists responding to the 1950s and 1960s Color Field movement and the Washington Color School, as part of a city wide celebration of these historical art movements. As an expanded program screening retitled Colorfield Variations, it continues to travel to festivals in New York and Seattle (US), Brussels (Belgium), Torun (Poland), Tokyo (Japan) and Tel Aviv (Israel) as well as at The Hammer Museum (US). This project, including exclusive new works, was released as a critically acclaimed limited edition DVD on LINE (US) in February 2009.
In 2009, Richard Chartier presented a unique first collaborative installation with visual artist Linn Meyers where optical and sonic patterns intersect. Untitled, exhibited at the Art Gallery of University of Maryland (US) two fifteen feet long by eight foot high walls meet in an enfolding chevron, creating both a sound chamber and a drawing surface. The swirling lines of Meyers' drawing, made directly on the surface of the walls, fuse together with the sound piece by Chartier, juxtaposing the organic and the digital into unified sensorial space. With eight audio transducers applied directly to the back surface of the walls, Chartier's stark composition modulates and transfers through the surfaces. Untitled(Angle.1), a stereo composition based on Untitled will be published in May 2009 by Non Visual Objects (Austria) as a limited edition compact disc.
As a curator, Chartier is currently assembling a time-based media and sound sculpture exhibition titled Data Waves/Audio Lines in February 2010 at Art Gallery of the University of Maryland (US).
Richard Chartier's live performance work represented by Shatki Music Management & Booking in Switzerland.
Richard Chartier's installation works represented by G FINE ART in Washington, DC.

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY: SOLO + COLLABORATIVE


2009
Recurrent / NVO, Austria / CD

2008
Further Materials / LINE, US / CD
Untitled 1-3 ( with William Basinski ) / LINE, US / CD
Absence / 3particles, US / CD

2007
Fabrication ( with Asmus Tietchens ) / Die Stadt, Germany / CD
Incidence / Raster-Noton, Germany / CD

2006
Current / Room40, Australia / CD
Specification.Fifteen ( with Taylor Deupree ) / LINE, US / CD
Levels(Inverted) / LINE, US / CD

2005
Tracing / NVO, Austria / CD
Retrieval 1-5 / ERS, The Netherlands / LP + CD
Chessmachine: Live in Los Angeles / LINE, US / CD
RE’POST’POSTFABRICATED / DSP, Italy / 2CD
A Field for Recordings.1 / 3particles, US / CD

2004
Kapotte Muziek by Richard Chartier / Korm Plastics, NL / CD
Set or Performance / LINE, US / CD
Chessmachine ( with COH ) / Mutek_rec, Canada / CD
William Basinski + Richard Chartier / Spekk, Japan / CD

2003
Archival1991 / Crouton Recordings, US / CD Overview / 3particles, US / CD
two locations / LINE, US / CD

2002
other materials / 3particles, US / CD
varied ( as 0/r with Nosei Sakata, Japan) / 12k, US / CD
3_components / Fusebox, Washington, DC / CD
of surfaces / LINE, US / CD
after ( with Kim Cascone + Taylor Deupree ) / 12k, US / CD 2001 decisive forms / Trente Oiseaux, Germany / CD
typeof / Fällt, Ireland / 3”CD

2000
series / LINE, US / CD

1999
SPEC. ( with Taylor Deupree ) / 12k, US / CD
a hesitant fold / Meme, Japan / CD
0/r ( with Nosei Sakata) / 12k, US / CD

1998
direct.incidental.consequential / Intransitive Recordings, US / CD


SELECTED SOUND EXHIBITS + INSTALLATIONS + DIFFUSSIONS

2009
Camera Lucida ( w/ E.Domnitch & D.Gelfand ) sound by Chartier+Deupree / Santral Museum / Istanbul, TR
“Untitled” collaborative installation with Linn Meyers / Art Gallery at University of Maryland / USA / CATALOG

2008
Coccyx Crystalization ( with E.Domnitch + D.Gelfand ) / Media Lab / Enschede, Netherlands

2007
Airport Symphony / Brisbane, Australia / GROUP
Sydney Non Objective / Sydney, Australia / GROUP
Counterpoint Gallery / Melbourne, Australia / GROUP

2006
Specification.Fifteen (w/ Taylor Deupree) / Akademie der Kuenste / Berlin, Germany / GROUP
“Mixing Desk” / Montalvo Art Center / Saratoga, CA / GROUP
“Incidence” / Raster-Noton Essential Room / Museum of Contemporary Art / Barcelona, Spain / GROUP
Of Surfaces(variance)” / The Limits of Silence / MACBA / Barcelona, Spain / curator: David Toop / GROUP
“Title on Request” / Other Than Art / G Fine Art / Washington, DC / curator: Milena Kalinovska / GROUP

2005
Levels (Inverted) / Found Sound / 1515 Arts/G Fine Arts / Washington, DC
Opening Cocyxx ( w/ E.Domnitch & D.Gelfand ) / die Schachtel sound gallery / Milan, Italy
Of Surfaces 2 / PROGR-Zentrum für Kulturproduktion / Bern, Switzerland
Camera Lucida ( w/ E.Domnitch & D.Gelfand ) / I-20 Gallery / New York, NY / SOUND DESIGN
Chessmachine / Transmediale05: Basic Sound / Berlin, Germany

2004
“slipstream_mix” / PS1/MOMA Art Radio: Slipstream / New York, NY / COMMISSIONED MIX
“herein, then” / Ecoute / Centre Pompidou / Paris, France
“untitled_dc” / Invisible Cities / Sintesi Electronic Arts Festival / Naples, Italy

2003
“untitled_dc” / Invisible Cities / Galeria ZDB / Lisbon, Portugal
“Specification.twelve” ( w/ T. Deupree ) / Sounding Spaces / ICC / Tokyo, Japan / CATALOG “untitled_dc” / Invisible Cities / St James Cavlier Centre for Creativity / Valletta, Malta
“6_sketches” / Super / Transformer Gallery / DCAC / Washington, DC
“location_composition” / The Moderns / Castello di Rivoli / Torino, Italy / CATALOG

2002
“untitled_dc” / Invisible Cities / The Naughton Gallery / Belfast, N. Ireland / CATALOG
“untitled_location” / Media Lounge / Contemporary Museum / Baltimore, MD
“Opening Coccyx” ( w/ Dmitry Gelfand & Evelina Domnitch ) / Diapason / New York, NY
“3_components” / Fusebox / Washington, DC
“Series” / Whitney Biennial / Whitney Museum of American Art / New York, NY / CATALOG

2001
“of surfaces” / Resynthesis / Betty Rhymer Gallery / Chicago, IL

2000
“stat(ist)ic” / Static / Grand Central Arts Center / Santa Ana, CA

1999
“arranging between patterns” / Fuzzy / WPA\C Projectspace / Washington, DC / CATALOG


SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2009
Resonant Forms Festival / Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) / Los Angeles, CA, The Stone / New York, NY

2008
ExRealm / Tokyo, Japan Specification.Fifteen with Taylor Deupree / Plateaux Festival / Poland
Jauna Muzika Festival / Contemporary Art Center / Vilnius, Lithuania

2007
Atlantic Waves Festival / ICA / London, UK
Specification.Fifteen / Issue Project Room / Brooklyn, NY
GLADE Festival / Algorithm Stage / UK
Issue Project Room / Brooklyn, NY
CAPC Musée D’Art Contemporain De Bordeaux / Bordeaux, France
VKS / Toulouse, France
Cuba / Muenster, Germany
CHESSMACHINE / “Klangtransfer ost West” Musiktriennale Koeln / Kulturbunker Muelhiem / Koeln, Germany
Signal Festival / Chapel Hill, NC
Akademie der Kuenste / Transmediale / Berlin, Germany

2006
AGRA Design / Sapporo, Japan
Ryoudenji Temple / Tokyo, Japan
Shin-bi / Kyoto, Japan
Aina Haina / Hiroshima, Japan
University of Woologong / Woologong, Australia
ElectroFringe Festival / Newcastle, Australia
Syncretism @ Judith Wright Centre / Brisbane, Australia
West Space / Melbourne, Australia
Decibel Festival / Seattle, WA / CATALOG
Bleeding Edge Festival / Montalvo Arts Center / Saratoga, CA
BAPLab / Bushwick Art Project / NY
Sonar / Richard Chartier Plays LINE / Barcelona, Spain / CATALOG
New Music Circle / Washington University / Saint Louis, MO
San Francisco Art Institute / San Francisco, CA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden / Washington, DC
Forced Entertainment Studio Theatre / Sheffield, UK
The Sage Gateshead / Newcastle, UK
Sprawl 10 Year Anniversary / London, UK

2005
Art Center Berlin / Berlin, Germany
Cy-net / Deutches Hygiene Museum ( Chessmachine ) / Dresden, Germany / CATALOG
London Musicians’ Collective Festival of Experimental Music / London, UK
Cimatics ( Chessmachine ) / Brussels, Belgium
Dis-Patch Festival ( Chessmachine ) / Belgrade, Serbia
Tonus Music Labor / Bern, Switzerland
La Bâtie / Geneva, Switzerland / CATALOG
Electric Campfire . Raster-Noton / Chemnitz, Germany
Visual Music ( mix ) / Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden / Washington, DC
MUTEK / Museum of Contemporary Art / Montreal, Canada / CATALOG
Dissonances / La Casa Encendida / Madrid, Spain
Group Loop / G Fine Art / Washington, DC
Visual Music: SEE HEAR NOW! ( Chessmachine ) / Redcat/Walt Disney Concert Hall / Los Angeles, CA
Présences Électroniques / GRM/Maison de Radio France / Paris, France

2004
Yule Festival / Amsterdam, The Netherlands / CATALOG
Decibel Festival / Seattle, Washington
Garage Festival: Interface / Stralsund, Germany / CATALOG
A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958-1968 / Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art / LA, CA
Austin Museum of Digital Art ( AMODA ) / Austin, Texas
MUTEK ( Chessmachine world premiere with COH ) / Montreal, Canada / CATALOG
Music Research Centre / York University / York, UK
Klangmaschine ( solo + collaborative with Taylor Deupree ) / Madrid, Spain
Sensoralia Festival ( solo + collaborative with Taylor Deupree ) / Rome, Italy
Sculpture Center ( solo + collaborative with William Basinski ) / Long Island City, NY
CAEIT / Redcat/Walt Disney Concert Hall / Los Angeles
Netmage04 - Creative & Innovative Image in Art, Media, Communication / Bologna, Italy / CATALOG

2003
VOLT-AA / SAT / Montreal, Canada
Observatori Festival of Artistic Investigation / Valencia, Spain / CATALOG
Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF) / Dublin, Ireland / CATALOG
SightSonic - York International Festival of Digital Arts / York, UK
Sounding Spaces ( collaborative with Taylor Deupree ) / ICC / Tokyo, Japan / CATALOG
Once.Twice:Festival of Sound and Video / Baltimore, MD
SwissPeaks Festival ( collaborative with Steinbrüchel ) / Tonic / New York, NY / CATALOG
Neue Berliner Initiative / Berlin, Germany
Transmediale Festival for Electronic Music and Related Visual Art / Berlin, Germany
Kulturbunker / Köln, Germany
Canolfan Gallery / Nagoya, Japan
Think Zone / Tokyo, Japan
Patchware on Demand / Club Metro / Kyoto, Japan
--stat.ic / TENT / Rotterdam International Film Festival / Rotterdam, Netherlands / CATALOG

2002
Leeds International Film Festival / Leeds, UK / CATALOG
Media Lounge / Contemporary Museum / Baltimore, MD
Sonic Circuits / American Composers Forum / Kennedy Center / Washington, DC
Soundcheck / Whitney Museum of American Art / New York, NY
Frequenzen (Hz) / Schirn Kunsthalle / Frankfurt, Germany / CATALOG

2001
Transmissions004 Festival / Chicago, US / CATALOG
OACIS (raster-noton/12k event) / Tonic / New York, NY
Micro_Mutek 2 / Montreal, Canada
Lovebytes Digital Culture Festival / Sheffield, UK / CATALOG
2000 Signal 66 Gallery (Corcoran event) / Washington, DC
Wakening Shrouds / White Box Gallery Annex / New York, NY
Mutek Festival / Montreal, Canada
Roulette Gallery / New York, NY


HONORS + CURATORIAL + RESIDENCIES + ENGAGEMENTS


2010
Data Waves / Audio Lines exhibit / The Art Gallery of University of Maryland / College Park, MD / CURATOR

2009
The Art Gallery of University of Maryland / College Park, MD / ARTIST TALK

2008
Plateaux Festival / Poland / PANEL Colorfield Variations video program / Plateaux Festival / Poland / CURATOR Colorfield Variations video program / The Hammer Museum / Los Angeles, CA / CURATOR

2007
Colorfield Variations video program / Cimatics Festival / Brussels, Belgium / CURATOR
Colorfield Variations video program / Laptopia #4 Festival / Tel Aviv, Israel / CURATOR
Colorfield Variations video program / Henry Art Gallery / Decibel Festival / Seattle, WA / CURATOR
Colorfield Variations video program / Laplandia / Issue Project Room / Brooklyn, NY / CURATOR
ColorField REMIX video + sound exhibit program / G Fine Art / Washington, DC / CURATOR
ColorField REMIX video + sound exhibit program / Ellipse Art Center / Arlington, VA / CURATOR
ColorField REMIX / WPA\C Experimental Media Series / Corcoran Gallery of Art / Washington, DC / CURATOR + JUROR

2006
Honorable Mention / Specification.Fifteen / Transmediale.07 Award / Berlin, Germany / AWARD
University of Woologong / Woologong, Australia / ARTIST TALK
Implied Sound / Decibel Festival / Seattle, WA / ARTIST TALK
The Future of Music / Decibel Festival / Seattle, WA / PANEL
Who Do You Love? Panel #1: Time-based Media / DCAC / Washington, DC / PANEL

2004
MRC/Music Research Centre / York University / York, UK / RESIDENCY

2003 Riding the Digital Wave / MUTEK / Montreal, Canada / PANEL
James Madison University Visiting Scholar / JMU / Harrisonburg, VA / GUEST LECTURER
James Madison University Distinquished Alumni Award / Art & Art History / AWARD

2002
TREATMENT / Sonar / Baltimore, MD / CURATOR+DJ: DEC 2002-JULY 2003

2001
FILLER / Blue Room / Washington, DC / CURATOR+DJ: MAY 2001-JUNE2003
Honorary Mention, Digital Music / for Series / Prix Ars Electronica, Austria / AWARD

2000
LINE / digital minimalist sound label / CURATOR: 2000-PRESENT

SELECTED VISUAL ART EXHIBITS

2008
Absence/Presence / Transformer Gallery / Washington, DC / 2 PERSON SHOW

2006
Early Fabricated / Contemporary Centre of Non Objective Art / Brussels, Belgium / GROUP
Early Fabricated / Tracer Projects / Toowoomba, Australia / GROUP

2005
Early Fabricated / The Ocular Lab / Melbourne, Australia / GROUP
Early Fabricated / Peloton Gallery / Sydney, Australia / GROUP

2001
Tallavera’s Review / Decatur Blue / Washington, DC / GROUP

2000
DAUXBS / Decatur Blue / Washington, DC / GROUP
Abstract Painters / Stingray Artspace / Arlington, VA / GROUP

1999
Escalate / Antennae Gallery / Washington, DC / GROUP
Washington Art-o-matic / Manhattan Laundry / Washington, DC / GROUP
FASTforward / The Corcoran Gallery of Art / Washington, DC / GROUP/CATALOG
Fuzzy / WPA\C Projectspace / Washington, DC / GROUP/CATALOG
WPA\C Art Exhibition / Corcoran Gallery of Art / Washington, DC / GROUP/CATALOG

1997
an appropriated confession / Gallery 210 / Frederick, MD / SOLO

1996
artists respond to aids / DC Art Center / Washington, DC / GROUP

1995
Resolutions / DC Art Center / Washington, DC / GROUP

1993
Art Achievement Award / Artworks Gallery / Harrisonburg, VA / SOLO

1992
works.chartier / Artworks Gallery / Harrisonburg, VA / SOLO