Barry Threw - Software Director
Barry Threw is an independent technologist, designer, and cultural producer exploring ways the engagement of art and technology can promote transdisplinary understanding and systemic affect. With over a decade of experience leading forward-looking projects using experiential technologies and immersive media, he consults with individuals and institutions developing tools, processes, and platforms to support creative, technical, and protocultural infrastructure.
Threw’s work has been presented internationally at festivals including the Venice Architectural Biennale; ORF Musikprotokol, Graz, Austria; Club Transmediale, Berlin, DE; Mutek, Montreal, CA; Cynetart, Dresden, DE; Siggraph, San Diego, US. He has contributed to installations in global locations including St. Peter’s Basilica, UNESCO headquarters, the Empire State Building, the United Nations Headquarters, Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Sacremento International Airport, CalIT2 at the University of California San Digeo, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has worked on performances by artists including Jay-Z, M.I.A & Jenelle Monae, Kronos Quartet, Oval, Florian Hecker, Camille Utterback, Signal, Robert Henke, Einsturzende Neubauten and Jon Rose.
His previous leadership positions have produced innovative, influential teams and projects, ranging across built environment, experiential and creative technology, cultural infrastructure, and spatial media — as Software Director with Keith McMillen Instruments, developing advanced technology to bridge traditional string instruments with computers; Software Architect with Recombinant Media Labs, presenting surround cinema at installations and festivals around the world; on the Board of Directors for the BEAM Foundation, seeking to spark a Western new classical music movement based on the technologies and aesthetics of the 21st century; as a Curator with the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a San Francisco non-profit and digital arts gallery dedicated to building social consciousness through digital culture; and with Fabricatorz to advance projects that evolving our cultural ecosystems through freedom and sharing. He served as the Director of Software at Obscura Digital, a San Francisco creative technology studio specializing in the design and execution of immersive and interactive experiences worldwide. Most recently he is the Director of the #NEWPALMYRA project, an online community platform virtually reconstructing the city of Palmyra inside the public domain, and promoting cultural heritage preservation using digital tools.
Threw received an undergraduate degree with a dual major in Music Synthesis / Production and Engineering from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College in Oakland, CA.