Brian Questa (b. 1988, New York City) is a composer and artist based in Graz, Austria, who works in sound, video, text, installation, and performance. From Anomy, which processes live internet news feeds and turns them into musical scores, to the Data Conversion Works which translate and read HTML and PDF files as noise music, to Le Corps Marcelé which uses classic L-System algorithms to perform structural mutations on the work of J.S. Bach, Brian´s works contain juxtapositions which poke at the wounds surrounding artistic heritage and self expression. 

Brian is a founding member of XUP*, a performance art and media collaboration founded in 2012 with architect Patrick Monte.  XUP*´s public installations using systematic constraint and exaggerated procedures have been presented in diverse locations from bars in Bushwick, parks in Berlin, galleries in Lima, a museum in Mexico City, and the facade of the main train station in Daegu, South Korea. They have released 8 albums of noise music and have recorded with  Dutch drumming legend Han Bennink. 

Venues: 

Asia Culture Center, Gwanju, South Korea;

Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City, Mexico; 

Zentrum für Kunst und Neue Medien, Karlsruhe, Germany; 

MUMUTH Graz, Austria;  

Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland, Lima, Peru; 

Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, New York 

Liebig 12, Berlin, Germany; 

QuietCue, Berlin Germany. 

Festivals: 

Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik; 

Resonant Bodies Festival; 

Japan Media Arts Festival; 

International Symposium on Electronic Arts; 

International Conference of Computer Music;

Seoul International Festival of Computer Music; 

Tonraum Festival; 

Next Generation Festival; 

Avant Media Festival.

Education:

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in New York City (2006);

Bachelor in Double Bass from the Manhattan School of Music (2010);

Master in Composition from the HMdK Stuttgart (2018), 

Master´s Candidate at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics at the Kunstuniversität Graz (current). 

Writings:

Free Jazz Collective;

International Computer Music Journal ARRAY;

Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics Blog at the IEM Graz. 

Composition Teachers: 

Wolfgang Rihm (2015 - 2017); 

Marco Stroppa (2017 - 2018);

Marko Ciciliani (2018 - ). 

** "This is me composing" video work, 2014

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