F. C. Zuke is an interdisciplinary artist in sound, video, and interactive media. Art and music groups in the United States, Europe, and Asia have performed and exhibited his works. From 2015 to 2016, he helped form the Shadow Keys Performance Series, a collection of acoustic, electroacoustic, and interdisciplinary works utilizing mechanically controlled pianos. Current projects include a surround sound installation, a collaboration with a metals artist, a sound sculpture, and working with Arduino microcontrollers and programs like Max/MSP. The artist utilizes technology to create works that respond to a viewer, that feel alive, and that seem to have agency themselves. He is interested in cyber-reality and employing emergent technologies.
The artist has also achieved academic and scholarly success, graduating with high distinction from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2016. In 2017, he began study in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Kansas, specializing in Expanded Media. He is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Research Fellow for the Integrated Arts Research Initiative, a program at the Spencer Museum of Art that puts artists and researchers in collaboration to create interdisciplinary exhibitions and dialogues.
SELECTED INTERACTIVE & AUDIOVISUAL PROJECTS
Ghost Instrument (2018)—interactive audiovisual | premiere April 2018 Lawrence, KS
Someone Must Look (2017)—interactive audiovisual | 3'
premiere Dec. 2017 in exhibition 'Of Electronic Dreams and Mediated Realities', Lawrence, KS
Someone Must Look is an audiovisual work that requires the presence of a viewer. A single participant enters the room and is seated in a chair, engaging the work which then engages the viewer. The concept of the piece explores how authority figures amass power by exclaiming others to be defected in some way.
The Drink You Drink (2016)—short film | 25’
International premiere Nov. 6 2016, Bangalore, India
Honorable Mention awarded by The LA Underground Film Forum
Best Sound nominee 2016 Lithuania Wolves Independent International Film Festival
The Drink You Drink is an experimental, sound-driven, symbolic film. It is inspired by the idea that two seemingly different things may in fact be the same, and that they may each lead to the same dark end. Each section of the film may be thought of as an intensification of this idea.
Graveyard Shift (2015)—short film | premiere 9.July.2015, Santa Cruz New Music Society | 9’
International premiere 2016 Matera Intermedia Festival, Matera, Italy
Shown at 2017 Atlanterium Festival, Atlanta, Georgia
Graveyard Shift is an experimental film inspired by events I experienced while working overnight at a retail store. All videos were shot with a GoPro camera in Lincoln, Nebraska and in an abandoned pioneer's cemetery in western Iowa called Slates Cemetery (est. 1878).
video, voice, electric guitar, electric bass, piano, Disklavier, electronics
premiere November 2015, Lincoln, Nebraska | 8’
LoveBug is a large-scale interdisciplinary work for live performers, a Yamaha Disklavier, video, sounds captured with a field recorder and electronic sounds created through analog synthesis processes.
University of Kansas
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Expanded Media, 2020
Graduate Research Fellow, Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI)
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Bachelor of Music in Music Composition 2016, Graduation with High Distinction, GPA: 4.0, Honors Thesis: Analyzing and Reinterpreting Dimensions of Bach’s Harmonic Rhythm
Graduate Research Fellow, Integrated Arts Research Initiative, 2017-2018
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Research Assistant, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 2013-2014
Project Title: School of Music Performance Archives and Digitization
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anita Breckbill
TECHNOLOGICAL EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
- SOFTWARE: Max/MSP, DAW/sequencing software (Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Reaper, Pro Tools), SuperCollider, music notation software (Finale, Sibelius, MuseScore, Noteflight), video editing and compositing software (FCPX, Motion, Premiere, After Effects)
- RECORDING: DSLR rigs, video cameras, lighting rigs, field audio recording, studio recording, contact, microphone construction and recording, screen capture, automated (motion-detection) recording
- SOUND: Music composition, sound design, film-scoring, audio sampling, MIDI controllers, effects processors, audio interfaces, rack units, soundboards, amplifier construction, circuit bending
- COMPUTERS: Microcontroller (Arduino) assembly and programming, PC construction, repair, modification, programming, and troubleshooting, proficient in Windows and Macintosh
- GALLEY/MUSEUM: Exhibition preparation and installation, object handling, database management software (MuseumPlus), event planning, welcoming and accommodating visitors
- LANGUAGES: German (intermediate speaking and writing proficiency)