Jesse Gilbert works in sound and software design, creating flexible tools that are activated in live performance, via network interaction, or in installation settings. His work has recently focused on developing SpectralGL, an interactive 3D visual instrument, on building multi-channel immersive sonic environments, and on composing electro-acoustic music for the moving image. Gilbert started Dark Matter Media LLC in 2007, through which he consults on a variety of projects in the art and entertainment industries. He is currently the Chair of the Media Technology program at Woodbury University, and has taught interactive software design at both CalArts and UC San Diego.
Gilbert’s collaborative and solo work has been shown widely in the US and abroad; venues include Ars Electronica (Austria), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Färgfabriken (Stockholm), Laboral Centro de Arte (Gijón), RedCat (Los Angeles), Mostra SESC de Artes (São Paulo), Festival International de Musique Actuelle (Quebec), Roulette (New York), Sons d’Hiver (Paris), Engine27 (New York), New Museum (New York), Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), net.congestion (Amsterdam), Whitney Museum (New York), CEAIT Festival (Los Angeles), Kunstradio’s Recycling the Future (Austria), and PORT (MIT, Boston). His work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Eyebeam Atelier, the National Performance Network, turbulence.org, the Studio for Creative Inquiry (Carnegie Mellon), the Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital, the Markle Foundation, the Beall Center for Art & Technology (UC Irvine), the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Montalvo Arts Center, and the Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology (CEAIT).
Gilbert has collaborated with a wide range of artists and researchers across many disciplines, including: Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Trayle, Carole Kim, Sheetal Gandhi, Cynthia Lee, Leroy Jenkins, Pauline Oliveros, Helen Thorington, Marek Walczak, Scott Rosenberg, Aram Sinnreich, Arul Chib, Marie Sester, Amy Alexander, Grisha Coleman, Michael Bryant, Georgia Archer, Maureen Selwood, JR Hughto, Motoko Honda, Anne LeBaron, Nels Cline, GE Stinson, Maija Garcia, Nick Didkovsky, Dafna Naphtali, Tim Boykett, Han Earl Park and many others. He studied composition with Mark Trayle, Wadada Leo Smith, Mort Subotnick, David Rosenboom, Sara Roberts, Tom Erbe, Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, and Ron Kuivila.
Gilbert’s collaborative work with video artist Carole Kim was featured in Aspect Magazine Vol. 2: Artists of the West Coast. His online work was featured in Peter Traub’s article Sounding the Net: Recent Sonic Works for the Internet and Computer Networks in Contemporary Music Review, December 2005. In December 2010 he was voted a Finalist for the World Technology Award in the Arts and inducted as a new Fellow by the World Technology Network.
In 1994 Gilbert received a Watson Fellowship and spent a year studying music in Ghana, West Africa. His independent research, focused primarily on oral transmission of culture, has been a primary influence on his later work in electronic media.