chris wood is a social cyborg with practices in the performing arts and electronic music. his performances cross and combine the mediums of music theater, electro-acoustic composition, performance poetry, sound installation, and fixed electronic media. in performance he combines physical and emotional endurance with theatre, movement, and custom analog and digital electronics to create situations of emotional and social renegotiation. his work asks questions like: how do the vibrations of sound effect our social situation? what effects does internet-based sociality have on our physical presence and community awareness? how can empathy be encouraged as common practice within an urbanized locality?
raised in Indiana, he lived in Chicago before coming to Mills where he co-founded and continues to perform/curate/create with Mocrep, a performance collective dedicated to the collaborative creation, curation, and performance of radical art that engages with contemporary culture - aesthetically, socially, and politically.
he is currently based in Oakland pursuing his MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College (2017) and is a Curator in Residence at Pro Arts Gallery. he’s studied with Laetitia Sonami, James Fei, Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Pauline Oliveros, John Bischoff, and Zeena Parkins. He has performed and shown work in Oakland, Chicago, NYC, Toronto, Berlin, Munich, Darmstadt, Tashkent, and Graz.