I create multi-disciplinary works that examine culture and society by reinventing the form of the traditional traveling story-song. Drawing from literature, music, film, painting, and sculpture, my stop-motion animated video operas are performed live by me, alongside video projection of the film. My work has examined themes as diverse as Hungarian mythology, the 16th Century Chinese epic novel "The Journey to the West", the stories of the early 20th Century Irish writer Lord Dunsany, and the dream-time experiments by aeronautical physicist John William Dunne.
Alexis Gideon graduated from LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and, later, Wesleyan University with a degree in musical composition and performance under the mentorship of music legend Anthony Braxton in 2003.
Gideon’s main body of work,The Video Musics series, has been performed over 350 times in 11 countries, including at: Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden); New Museum of Contemporary Art (Manhattan); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson; Carnegie Museum of Art’s 2013 International Apartment Space; Baltimore Museum of Art; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus); Portland Art Museum; Time Zones Festival (Bari, Italy); Suedpol (Luzerne, Switzerland); Centre d'Art Bastille (Grenoble, France); HBC Gallery, (Berlin, Germany).
Gideon has been awarded grant by the Investing in Professional Artists Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, to complete his latest video opera The Crumbling at the New Hazlett Theater. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese and has been included in the Chinese culture curriculum at Oregon State University. Recently, New York Magazine called his work “Briliant.”