Jeremy Stewart is a multimedia artist and performer researching the affective potential of distributed multimedia systems through the creation of improvisational performances, wearable hardware, and machine learning-driven software. He is interested in the ways that technology can affect, interact with, and alter an individual’s agency, perception, and autonomy.
Stewart has worked with a wide variety of platforms and technologies, including developing computer vision solutions for real-time performances and interactive installations which have been seen at venues such as ICA/Boston and The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY. He also develops wearable hardware, leveraging technologies such as biometric sensors, vibration-motors, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units, and motion sensors, along with numerous embedded computing platforms to produce networked movement performances which have been seen around New England and internationally.
As a live coding performer, Stewart explores a range of influences through improvisation, seeking to combine jazz harmonic and melodic sensibilities with samples from video games he grew up playing in the 1990s and early 2000s (Sega Genesis, SNES, etc.). Stewart has been seen live coding at festivals and events around New England, both as a solo performer and with artists including Shawn Lawson, K. Michael Fox, and Dr. Ryan Ross Smith. He has been actively engaged with the international live coding community, including presentations and performances at the International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC).
Stewart is a funded researcher developing new A.I./M.L. software for real-time musical applications. This work seeks to provide new understandings of musical form and structure through the implementation of probabilistic and neural network based architectures in the field of musical performance.
Since 2017, Stewart has been technical director on a number of projects created by the East Boston-based Masary Studios, including Sound Sculpture and HDBPM, which have been seen at venues such as the Peabody Essex Museum and ICA/Boston, as well as at festivals and events across the country.
Stewart is currently a PhD candidate in the Electronic Arts program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.