Jace Clayton

Jace Clayton is an artist and writer based in Manhattan, also known for his work as DJ /rupture. Clayton uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on low-income communities and the global South. His book ‘Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture’ was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Recent projects include ‘Sufi Plug Ins’ a free suite of music software-as-art, based on non-western conceptions of sound and alternative interfaces; ‘Room 21’ an evening-length composition for 20 musicians staged at the Barnes Foundation; and ‘The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner’, a touring performance piece for grand pianos, electronics, and voice. As DJ /rupture, he has released several critically acclaimed albums and hosted a weekly radio show on WFMU for five years. Clayton’s collaborators include filmmakers Jem Cohen, Joshua Oppenheimer, poet Elizabeth Alexander, singer Norah Jones, and guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex). He has performed in over three dozen countries, and has given artist talks at a number of museums, universities, and other institutions.