Alison Knowles

Alison Knowles, b. 1933, based in New York City, holds a BFA from Middlebury College, an MFA from Pratt Institute and honorary doctorates from, Pratt Institute, Columbia College & Maine College of Art. An innovator of the architectural form she terms the Transvironment, Knowles was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 for her long format experimental work, The House of Dust (1967), one of the earliest examples of computer generated poetry and conceptual architecture; An associate of John Cage, with her own long history of working at the intersection of language, sound & performance, she was frequently commissioned for major soundworks by West German Radio. Knowles was a seminal Professor at California Institute of the Arts, 1970-72, also a Documenta Professor in Kassel, Germany and a NYSCA Grant recipient in the 1990’s. She has had numerous appearances and exhibitions throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. She was a collaborator with John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Dick Higgins, George Maciunas, and a founding member of Fluxus. Knowles participated in the first Fluxus concerts in Wiesbaden, Germany, 1962, at the 50th anniversary of Fluxus in 2012 and was featured in the 60th anniversary of Fluxus, all three events in Wiesbaden. In 2021, her full scale realization of The House of Dust was 3D printed in mud as an architectural commission by tinyBe for the Museum Wiesbaden. Her recent vinyl album Sounds From the Book of Bean came out on Recital Records in 2021. The catalogue By Alison Knowles (a retrospective 1962 – 2022) is distributed by D.A.P. as of July, 2022 in time for her retrospective exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley CA, 2022.