In Prepared Desktop, Jon Satrom playfully re-codes conventional computer programs and ordinary operating system elements into a kludgy audio/video instrument. Here, he presents sections of the performance in 3D.
Jon Satrom (b.1980, Bismarck, N.D.) is a Chicago-based new-media artist who spends his days fixing things, making things work and teaching. He spends his evenings breaking things, learning and searching for the unique blips inherent to the systems he explores and exploits. With a background in video, sound and new media, Satrom has kludged together a collection of home-brew systems for real-time performance, which include custom video games, renegade computer scripts, obsolete display hacks and corrupt data.
Satrom’s collaborative projects include I Love Presets alongside Rob Ray and Jason Soliday, PoxParty with Ben Syverson, and Magic Missile with Soliday and Geoff Guy. He has been affiliated with the criticalartware dot net demo krew featuring Jon Cates, Jake Elliott, Tamas Kemenczy and Mark Beasley. He organizes the Chicago GLI.TC/H Festival with Rosa Menkman, Nick Briz and Evan Meaney. Satrom also runs a small production company called studiothread and teaches in the Department of Film,Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Satrom first performed for Lampo in June 2009, when he presented the ensemble audio/video project, Magic Matrix Mixer Mountain, with Beasley, Cates, Elliott, Kemenczy, Alex Inglizian and Nicholas O’Brien.
Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation