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José Rivera

Last updated: October 20, 2020

José Rivera (aka Proxemia) is an architecturally-trained artist, designer, and educator investigating the intersections of sensual and spatial aspects of experience. Working towards the many ways we can cultivate presence, his interests range from radio and transmission art to liberation ecologies, UFO and diaspora studies, psychonautics, and the exploration of Puerto Rican identity. His practice is often expressed through electroacoustic music and experimental placed-based sound works, multi­channel installations and performances, sound design for film, cartography, and graphic design. His works have been exhibited internationally, as well as at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Goethe-Institut Boston, ICA Boston, The Studios at MASS MoCA, and more. Along with numerous collaborations, José’s fluid body of work also includes the design and construction of an open­-air performance space for a youth dance and drumming group in rural Ghana.