Asa Horvitz grew up in and around a Zen Center in California and began formal Zen training at age 15. Since 2013 he has been a student of various ways of working with dreams.
Horvitz makes performances that draw on elements of visual and performance art, non-human presences, and many kinds of music, to create spaces in which the audience, confronted by paradox, begins to imagine for themselves. His current research is focused on the relationship between humans and images and the thought of Aby Warburg. In 2019, Horvitz created the neural net LUCAS, along with Seraphina Tarrant (University of Edinburgh) and Alejandro Calcaño, designed to disturb the imaginary surrounding Artificial Intelligence.
Horvitz’s work has been seen across Europe and the US at venues such as The New Museum, Microscope Gallery, Death by Audio (NYC), Living Arts Museum (Tulsa), CounterPULSE (SF), Teatr Polski (Wroclaw), Labirynt Gallery (Lublin), National Theatre Institute (Warsaw), Quarantine (Manchester), etc. He collaborated with Scott Gibbons/Romeo Castellucci on “Go Down, Moses”, which premiered at Théâtre de la Ville during the Paris Festival D’Automne and toured major festivals worldwide. In 2017-2018 he participated in various artistic exchanges in India and Indonesia. He currently collaborates with Grzegorz Reske/Marta Keil (ResKeil) on various projects. Horvitz studied composition with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton and wrote a thesis on medieval music. As a musician he has recently performed with Anna Webber, Kalup Linzy, and Pavel Zustiak, and leads the band VALES with Carmen Rothwell. His work has been supported by Creative Europe, The MacDowell Colony, The Camargo Foundation (core fellow, 2019), CEC Arts Link, RSF Social Finance, and a Fulbright Fellowship. He previously lived in Poland and New York City and currently lives in Amsterdam where he is a participant in DAS Arts.