Blair Neal is an artist and creative technologist currently living in Brooklyn, NY.
He creates work that engages the breakdown between the “truth” of data and the human experience of reality. He does this by exploring unusual display technology, and visual performances that pick apart the traditional relationships of sound and image.
Blair originally counted himself as a musician, but he was eventually won over by the visual side of things. He now continues to work on ways of combining those two interests. This leads him down paths of performance, programming, shooting/editing, DIY electronics, alternative visualization of images, and everything in between.
He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electronic Media, Arts and Communication (2008) and Electronic Arts (2010) respectively. His thesis was on the history and current practice of combining image and sound in a live performance environment.
He has performed live video alongside indie pop groups such as Phantogram, Girl Talk, Hooray for Earth, !!! (chk chk chk) and Banjo or Freakout. He has also played in the experimental free improvisation group Tinntinnabulate led by Pauline Oliveros. Phantogram did a national tour in 2010 with his pre-rendered visuals. He has made music videos for Braids, Lymbyc Systym, Banjo or Freakout and FaltyDL . He has also done projection and content design for two pieces by award-winning choreographer Shen Wei.
Blair’s video works have been exhibited in several different places including onedotzero (as part of the EMPAC student selects), Center for Photography at Woodstock (PICS 2009), the Arts Center of the Capitol Region (as part of Noah Fischer’s collaborative installation), and Pixilerations [v.5].
Professionally as a lead creative tech/visualist at Fake Love, he has also done live video work for parties hosted by Microsoft, and Spin Magazine. He learned a ton about vending machines as the lead creative tech for the Coke portion of Google’s “Project Re:Brief.” He also developed software to visualize a conductor’s baton motions for the NY Pops’ 29th Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall. Other clients have included Sonos, Twitter, Lexus, Virgin Mobile/Samsung, Nike, Levi’s, Marc Jacobs, and Amex. He has performed visuals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Eyebeam, Terminal 5, the Park Avenue Armory, the Tank, Governor’s Ball, Electric Zoo, and several other venues and events.
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