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Kutiman: offgrid offline Kutiman: offgrid offline, installation view at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Kutiman (b. 1982) is an Israeli musician, composer, producer, and video mixologist on the cutting edge of contemporary composition. He is well known for his projects that knit together pieces of audio and video from the internet into seamless and exquisite works of art. Kutiman extends the traditions of assemblage, appropriation, and found art into the realm of music and sound composition. The work offgrid is made up of twelve monitors that play a 38-minute-long video and music composition on a loop. It is made up of minutely edited snippets of music uploaded to the web played by soloists. Also on view will be Kutiman’s critically acclaimed videos Thru You, 2009 and Thru You Too, 2014. Kutiman lives in Zicchron Yaacov, Israel. He studied music at Rimon Music College in Tel Aviv and in 2003 went to Jamaica where he worked with the Marley family. In 2006, he signed to a German label, Melting Pot, and began putting out recordings. In 2010, he won the ACUM (The Israel Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers of Musical Works) award for producing. Kutiman is best known for his viral video/audio mashup online albums Thru You and Thru You Too (2014) the latter of which was awarded a 2015 Webby Award. Due to the success of Thru You, in October 2010, Kutiman was invited by YouTube to perform at the YouTube Play grand opening at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Kutiman: offgrid offline is organized by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.