David Rueter is a visual artist, programmer, and Assistant Professor in Art and Technology at the University of Oregon. His creative practice makes use of a range of new technologies – including custom software, custom electronics, data dumps and feeds, GIS software, and computer-assisted manufacturing – and a variety of traditional media, including sculpture, photography, film, and performance. At the core of his work is a focus on the social practices embedded in both new and old technologies, the ways these practices can reinforce or challenge established categories and hierarchies, and the politics of visibility these practices engender and operate within.
Describing his work, Rueter states:
“I make things that live in both geographical space and personal space.
I splice strange loops and curious passageways into existing networks.
I build ways to imagine new kinds of political agency.
I conduct field experiments.
My projects have strained relationships with functionality.
I fold vast distances into small objects that often disappear.”
A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s MFA program in Art and Technology Studies, Rueter was awarded a 2013 Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in the category of Interactive Art. His work, including collaborative work with artist Marissa Lee Benedict, has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and has been exhibited internationally at galleries and festivals including Contemporary Art Brussels, the International Symposium on Electronic Art, EXPO Chicago, Northern Spark, and the Venice Architecture Biennale. Born in Ann Arbor, MI, he graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Politics and a focus in Political Theory.