Barry Threw is an artist, designer and technologist working in spatial media and cultural infrastructures. Based in San Francisco, he works in collaboration with institutions, artists and organizations at the intersection of technology and culture.
Threw has worked with a variety of organizations stationed at the crossroads of art and technology — currently as Director of Software at Obscura Digital, a San Francisco creative technology studio specializing in the design and execution of immersive and interactive experiences worldwide. He is also Software Architect with Recombinant Media Labs, presenting multi-channel 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; and an Advisor 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.
His work has been presented internationally at festivals including ORF Musikprotokol, Graz, Austria; Club Transmediale, Berlin, DE; Mutek, Montreal, CA; Cynetart, Dresden, DE; Siggraph, San Diego, US. His installation work has been shown at venues including the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Exploratorium, Sacramento International Airport, CalIT2 at the University of California San Digeo, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. He has worked in collaboration with a variety of artists including Meara O’Reilly, Kronos Quartet, Oval, Edwin van der Heide, Holly Herndon, Egbert Mittlestadt, Camille Utterback, Signal, Monolake and Jon Rose. He is co-founder of Artup with artist Mat Dryhurst.
He has a background in music technology with a dual major in Music Production and Engineering and Music Synthesis from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He went on to study electronic music composition, receiving an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College in Oakland, CA.