Aaron Taylor Kuffner is an artist whose pieces often take the form of long term multi year projects that involve in depth research, collaboration with field experts and development of specialized skill sets.
Each project is uniquely attached to the idea of providing conceptual tools that further the evolution of consciousness through experiences of beauty and the sublime. In doing so he reaches far outside of conventions pushing the role of art to be a form of service to society.
Through his work Kuffner has become a composer, sculptor, electronic music producer, machinist, installation artist, theater director, engineer, instrument builder, street artist, poetic terrorist, social activist, community radio advocate, multi-channel sound system engineer, and producer of social sculptures and hyperbolic events ranging in scale from intimate finite happenings to the epic and fabled.
As a solo artist, with the Gamelatron and other projects and collaborations, Kuffner has performed or presented work more than 400 times in 30 countries in the last twenty three years. From 2001- 2013 he notably received grants, in-kind support and awards from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (through the Clocktower Gallery), The Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Experimental Television Center with The New York Council for the Arts, Ableton Gmhb, The CEC Artslink, Scope Arts, Artist Wanted, Techshop, The New Orleans Airlift, The Indonesian Foreign Ministry, The Dharmasiswa Scholarship, The Berlin Arts Council, EU / European Commission, I-D media Berlin, Schloss Brollin Art Labor, James F. Robison Foundation, The Soros Foundation, Swiss Air, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and The US Artists International partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. After 2013, Kuffner‘s Gamelatron project provided a sustainable financial model and he has since not applied for public funds so as not to take away financial opportunities from other artists. In 2019 Kuffner created the Gamelatron Project Foundation dedicated to providing therapeutic experiences for communities in need.
Kuffner’s Gamelatron sonic kinetic sculptures, have notably exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale, Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery and Sackler Gallery, Cincinnati Art Museum, Hammer Museum, The Drawing Center, Oakland Museum of California, Academy Art Museum, Lyman Allyn Museum, Münchner Stadtmuseum, The Clocktower Gallery (Curated by Alanna Heiss), In the Temple and Man at Burningman, Federal Hall National Park, ISA Art and Design Jakarta, and with Sundaram Tagore Galleries in New York, Honk Kong and Singapore 2011 – 2015.