Bill Dietz is a composer and writer, born in Bisbee, Arizona. Since 2012, he has been co-chair of Music/Sound at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. His work on the genealogy of the concert and the performance of listening has brought him to festivals such as MaerzMusik and the Donaueschingen Festival, museums such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, and Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, and into publications such as Performance Research, boundary 2, Blank Forms, and MusikTexte.
Dietz’s large-scale public works have been realised in sites such as Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille, the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin, and along the entire city block of Im Stavenhof in Cologne. From 2007 to 2014 he was the artistic director of the Berlin-based Ensemble Zwischentöne. He co-founded and co-edits the online magazine Ear | Wave | Event.
The logic of Zak Ferguson’s work is one of expansion and collapse, putting forward a thread only to subtlety fold in or snap under, yet felt in body and under skin. Reverberating like a playlist on repeat, songs and memories almost forgotten. His novels: some bizarre, sprawling, frequently obscene, riddled with intentional typos and grammar lapsed-ed-ded-ness, confeve, absurdist, and all intimately observed. He also writes extensively about his experiences with autism or neural diversity in relation to art, which is something that doesn’t get examined or considered in this manner. It is not common to stumble upon a world so fully formed and after the fact like blizzards.
Ferguson is a true experimentalist and promiscuous writer in the most generous sense of the word as convoluted and obsessive images scree rampant across page.
The Manifesto project includes writings and work by: Dodie Bellamy, Rebecca Brown, Dennis Cooper, Simon Critchley, Bill Dietz, Jack Halberstam, Thomas Hirschhorn, International Necronautical Society, Michael Lent, Geert Lovink, Douglas A. Martin, Lev Manovich, Gustav Metzger, Jean-Luc Nancy, Santiago Sierra, Mark von Schlegell, as well as artists and theorists across fields.