Paul Kaiser is a digital artist and writer. In the 1980s Kaiser spent ten years teaching students with severe learning disabilities, with
whom he collaborated on making multimedia depictions of their own minds. From this work, he derived two key ideas — mental space
and drawing as performance — which became the points of departure for the digital artworks he has been making since the mid-90s.
With his two OpenEndedGroup colleague Marc Downie (and until 2014 Shelley Eshkar), he’s created works that span a wide range of
forms and disciplines, including dance, music, installation, film, and public art. Outside collaborators have included Robert Wilson,
Merce Cunningham, Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, the Flux Quartet, and Wayne McGregor. OpenEndedGroup has presented its work at
Lincoln Center, MoMA, the Barbican Center, the New York Film Festival, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Hayward Gallery, Sadler’s Wells,
ICA Boston, Festival d’Automne, Ars Electronica, MIT Media Lab, Sundance, the Rome Film Festival, and many other venues.

In recent years OpenEndedGroup has pioneered new approaches to 3D projection, which has resulted in numerous works of digital
cinema, including Upending, The Other Side of the Road, plant, Saccades, and Knight’s Rest; the shorter dance installations After
Ghostcatching (with Bill T. Jones), Stairwell (with Wayne McGregor), and a new version of Loops (with Merce Cunningham); the
interactive installations Into the Forest and Drawn Together, and projections for the chamber opera Twice Through the Heart and the
intermedia stage performance Linked Verse.

Most recently, Kaiser has worked with Downie to create a new form of “optical documentary,” creating a very large multi-part 3D
installation work entitled Detroit Transect. Last year, MoMA acquired Detroit Transect and three earlier 3D films for its permanent

In 2008, Kaiser received the John Cage Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; in 1999, a Bessie; in 1995, a Guggenheim
Fellowship; and in 1992 a ComputerWorld/Smithsonian Award. He has taught at Wesleyan, Harvard, Columbia, and San Francisco State, and in the coming year will teach at Connecticut College and the University of Chicago. He has had artist’s residencies at Cooper
Union, Mass MOCA, Columbia University, UC Irvine, the Exploratorium, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Hong Kong University, Le Fresnoy, EMPAC, Georgia Tech, the University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago. He is currently writing a book.

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