2016, SIGNAL, Brooklyn, NY, United States
Sound and light installation developed in collaboration with Nitemind.
Patterns, Samuel Riot's debut US show and his first official release with Brooklyn-based imprint Mixpak Records under his Wildlife! moniker, is an examination of the principles and constraints of club music – a series of experiments with divergent ideas of rhythm, bass and sound design. Patterns is a carefully considered sonic world that encapsulates the artist's interests and ethos – dexterously testing the boundaries of where sound becomes music and music dissolves into sound. For his show at SIGNAL Gallery in Brooklyn, NY the Swiss artist collaborated with Brooklyn-based artist collective Nitemind to translate the record's seven compositions into an immersive sound installation. By borrowing and deconstructing familiar elements from club settings and reassembling them in a gallery environment, Samuel Riot adds a physical and spatial dimension to his sonic research and invites the recipient to experience his compositions as quasi-sculptural objects in a physical space.
Music for an Elevator
2016, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
John Armleder and Stéphane Armleder commission original compositions to be played as background music in the elevator of the Centre d'Art Contemporain. This play on the aural experience traditional to the space of passage and waiting is reminiscent of Erik Satie and his music d'ameublement or else "furniture music." Samuel Riot contributed the aptly titled composition, Music For An Elevator.READ MORE
333 – Sample
2015, Schwarzwaldallee, Basel, Switzerland
Sound and video installation developed in collaboration with Jeff Rossi and Dominik Hodel in situ during Sample, a month-long exhibition at Schwarzwaldallee in Basel, Switzerland.
333 is based on a video that was shot in the exhibition space preceding the opening. The interplay between the sound and objects in the room, and their virtual representation in the video make for uncanny shifts in perceived time and space.
2015, Espace Libre, Biel, Switzerland
Sound installation based on a generative algorithmic composition.
An array of digital samplers draws from an extensive library of square-wave samples of various pitches and combines them indefinitely without ever repeating any of the combinations. For the opening, renowned Swiss woodwind experimentalist Hans Koch performed an improvisational piece, exploring and interacting with Samuel Riot's algorithmic composition.
First Smell of the Moon
2015, Space O'NewWall, Seoul, Republic Of Korea
Sound and video installation developed in collaboration with Sinae Yoo.
First Smell of The Moon is based on a video shot on location in Seoul-Itaewon. The film follows a young man whose perceived reality seems to seamlessly shift between a dream state and actual circumstances. In their work Yoo and Riot explore the subjectivity and frailty of perception and consciousness and the interplay of inner and outer realities.
Samuel Riot is a Swiss music producer, composer and sound artist. His solo work focuses on electronic music and sound installation. He releases music as Wildlife! and as Young Palace. Samuel Riot was born in 1980 in Bern, Switzerland. He earned a BA in Recording Arts from SAE International Technology College Zurich / Middlesex University London in 2009, an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice (Music & Media Arts) from Bern University of the Arts in 2015, and has been awarded production grants from the City of Bern, Canton of Bern and the Swiss Arts Council. He lives and works in Bern, Switzerland and Brooklyn, New York.