Jace Clayton

Jace Clayton is an artist and writer based in Manhattan, also known for his work as DJ /rupture.

Clayton uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on low-income communities and the global South. His book Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. As DJ /rupture, he has released several critically acclaimed albums and hosted a weekly radio show on WFMU for five years. Clayton’s collaborators include filmmakers Jem Cohen, Joshua Oppenheimer, poet Elizabeth Alexander, singer Norah Jones, and guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex).

Recent projects include Sufi Plug Ins, a free suite of music software-as-art, based on non-western conceptions of sound and alternative interfaces, Room 21, an evening-length composition for 20 musicians staged at the Barnes Foundation, and The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner, a touring performance piece for grand pianos, electronics, and voice.

This year, we’ve invited Jace to Loop to host a Performative Presentation by 1500 or Nothin and Lafawndah’s onstage deconstruction of her live show. He’ll use his deep knowledge of cross-cultural currents in music, and interest in the relationship between technology and creative practice to help us better understand these artists and their work. Jace has been at every Loop summit since they began in 2015 – we look forward to having him back.

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Jace Clayton, Lafawndah

Lafawndah: performative presentation