JACE CLAYTON is an interdisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn. Clayton’s activities have evolved out of his work as a DJ, built around core concerns for how sound, technology use in low-income communities, and public space interact, with an emphasis on Latin America, Africa, and the Arab world. In spring 2012, Clayton released Sufi Plug Ins v1.0, a free suite of audio software tools based on non-western/poetic conceptions of sound and alternative interfaces. In April 2013 he debuted The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner, a performance piece that restages two Eastman compositions using pianos and realtime electronic processing, accompanied by a new libretto about the job search for a Julius Eastman impersonator in New York City. The album version of this, entitled The Julius Eastman Memory Depot, was released in March 2013 on New Amsterdam.
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Performing as DJ /rupture, Clayton has DJ’ed in a band with Norah Jones, done two John Peel Sessions, and was turntable soloist with the 80-member Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Recent collaborators include guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex) and filmmaker Jem Cohen. As DJ /rupture, Clayton has released several critically acclaimed albums and mix CDs, starting with 2001′s influential & groundbreaking live mix CD, Gold Teeth Thief, which earned a 4-star review in VIBE. His album Uproot was named one of the 10 Best Albums of 2008 by Pitchfork. Clayton maintains a busy international schedule performing in clubs around the world as well as venues such as The Whitney Museum, MoMA’s PS1, The Apollo Theater, the Pitchfork Festival and Spain’s SONAR. Rupture was featured on the cover of influential music magazine The Wire in November 2011. In 2012, Clayton was awarded a prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant.
These artistic activities find counterpart in his weekly WFMU (91.1 FM NYC) radio show "Mudd Up," and grassroots curatorial projects such as spearheading 2011’s art-research residency Beyond Digital, which took place in Casablanca and Tangiers, Morocco; hosting a book club; and a series of live radio shows incorporating video, held at Brooklyn’s Spectacle Theater.
Clayton is currently writing a nonfiction book on music at the dawn of the digital century to be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. His essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Bidoun, and n+1, and he contributes regularly to Frieze and The Fader.
He has been an artist-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. Clayton was a 2010 recipient of the Kindle Foundation’s Makers Muse award. Clayton maintains a long-running blog, Mudd Up!, and has given artist talks at GEL, Harvard University and other educational institutions in Europe and South America.