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David Downes

CountryNew Zealand

David Downes (b. 1967) is a New Zealand born film-maker/composer/performer who has pursued a diverse and individual creative career. His music work has included private and public commissions, theatre/film scores, orchestral pieces, electro-acoustic pieces, and songwriting. Since 1988 he has also made a considerable contribution to modern choreographic work in New Zealand with his contemporary dance scores. A fascination with video/film art developed in parallel with Downes's formal education in music. His subsequent work in the areas of experimental video, long form narrative filmmaking, animation and computer generated imagery has resulted in the production of several award winning films. His experimental video work has also been exhibited in several gallery installations around the world. Fascinated with the language of metaphor and believing firmly in the expressive strength of the medium hybrid, Downes often looks to other disciplines in the process of creating and realising creative ideas. His interest in technology and engineering has led to ongoing design of new instruments, noise devices and experiments in cross medium uses of motion capture data. For a year he also experimented with training a magpie for the specific purpose of performing an original composition. David currently lives and works in Wellington New Zealand.

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