Sudhu Tewari has been called a professional bricoleur, junkyard maven and young audio-gadgeteer. An early interest in disassembling alarm clocks and coffee makers gave rise to electro-acoustic instruments constructed with the remains of discarded stereo equipment, kinetic sculptures and sound installations.
Sudhu builds audio electronics, acoustic instruments, kinetic sculptures, interactive installations, wearable sound art and recently began working with bicycles with wide variety of end results.
Highly educated at Mills College in electronic music, Sudhu has been seen performing improvised music in various configurations with the likes of Fred Frith, Cenk Ergun, Mark Bartscher, Tadashi Usami, Gunda Gottschalk, Eric Glick-Rieman and Shelley Burgon.
In 2006 Sudhu was selected to be the Artist in Residence program at the Recology in San Francisco. Since then, Sudhu’s visual and interactive art has been exhibited at Swarm Gallery, 21Grand, ProArts and FLOAT Gallery in Oakland, California, Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, UC Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California and Laboratoire Village Nomade and PROGR in Bern, Switzerland.
In 2010 Sudhu collaborated with sculptor Bryan Tedrick to create an interactive light and sound installation to “breathe life” into Tedrick’s 50 foot tall climbable steel sculpture, Minaret at Burning Man 2010. Tewari’s installation used the movement of climbers to control LED lighting, pre-recorded sound and electro-acoustic instruments, creating an immense responsive interactive sculpture.
Tewari is currently pursuing PhD at UC Santa Cruz in the Cultural Musicology program and simultaneously a MFA in Digital Art and New Media. Sudhu has also been working as a team leader with UCSC’s OpenLab, a network for collaborative discourse fueled by academic communities, arts and science communities, and industry. As part of UCSC’s Mechatronic project group in the DANM department, Sudhu now leads AUX, a collaborative research group focused on sound producing kinetic art.
Most recently Sudhu spent most of a week in a tree creating a site-specific interactive, kinetic sound installation at Montalvo Arts Center and has been working on a series of sculptures for an interactive sound garden.
Sudhu’s interview at Open MAKE: Trash