Asa Horvitz

Performance Maker

Asa Horvitz makes performances rooted in both visual art and experimental music and sound. He tries to create spaces in which the audience, confronted by paradox, begins to imagine for themselves. He studied composition with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton at Wesleyan and later studied psychoanalysis and dreamwork in New York. His current research is focused on the relationship between humans and images and the thought of Aby Warburg. In 2019, Horvitz initiated the project GHOST along with Seraphina Tarrant (University of Edinburgh) and Alejandro Calcaño (AI Now), designed to disturb the imaginary around Artificial Intelligence. The first version used live performance and music to open the structure of machine learning systems and play within them, and was presented at Microscope Gallery NYC in 2019. New versions responding to the use of AI in specific locations internationally are under development, in collaboration with musicians Carmen Rothwell, Wayne Horvitz, Jaxyn Randall, and others. Horvitz’s work has been seen across Europe and the US at venues such as The New Museum, Death by Audio, PRELUDE Festival, LaMama ETC (NYC), Living Arts Museum (Tulsa), CounterPULSE (SF), Teatr Polski (Wroclaw), Labirynt Gallery (Lublin), Impossible Bodies Festival (NL), and in countless basements/DIY spaces. From 2011-2019 he collaborated with stage artists including Lukasz Korczak, Scott Gibbons/Romeo Castellucci, and Pavel Zustiak, the results of which toured major festivals worldwide. In 2017-2018 he participated in artistic exchanges in India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. He currently works with Grzegorz Reske/Marta Keil (ResKeil) in several artistic and curatorial contexts. As a musician he has performed with Anna Webber, Kalup Linzy, Julian Kytasty, Ben Seretan, and many others in the NYC Creative Music community. He leads the band VALES with Carmen Rothwell. For many years he was involved in medieval music and various forms of traditional singing including Sacred Harp. Horvitz grew up in and around a Zen center in California and led  projects experimenting with monastic life and artistic production, critiquing Buddhism in America, exploring Koan practice, etc. His work has been supported by The Camargo Foundation (core fellow 2018), NYSCA, CEC Arts Link, RSF Social Finance, Goethe Institut / Hong Kong, Creative Europe, and MacDowell and Fulbright Fellowships. He previously lived in Poland and New York City and now lives in Amsterdam where he is a participant in DAS Arts.