In his Chicago debut, artist James Hoff presents a new four-channel sound work for Rebuild Foundation and Lampo, using computer viruses to infect beats, where the mutated results become the building blocks for new compositions.

His interest in computer viruses lies in their ability to self-distribute through (and ultimately disrupt) networks of communication, and Hoff’s agency as an artist centers on placing these parasitic forms into pre-existing genres, such as dance music.

“Viruses, like art, need a host. Preferably a popular one,” he writes

James Hoff is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, N.Y. His work encompasses painting, sound, writing, performance and publishing, among other media.

Presented in partnership with Lampo, a non-profit organization for experimental music, sound art and intermedia projects, and the Graham Foundation.