Alex Braidwood is a sound artist, designer, and educator who maintains an international exhibition and live performance record at the intersection of art, science, and communication. He has been artist-in-residence at a remote Australian mountain village, a communal Iowa farm, a mid-western biological field research station, and on the remote island Isle Royale National Park. Alex is currently Director of the Artist-in-Residence program at Iowa Lakeside Lab biological field research station and Associate Professor at Iowa State University. He is also a board member for the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.
Alex Braidwood’s practice investigates how people relate to the sounds that surround them. His projects do this by refocusing people’s attention on listening in a visually dominant culture, promoting the value of preserving natural soundscapes, exploring audio issues related to sustainability, and engaging a variety of audiences with these increasingly important issues.
Braidwood’s work operates at the intersection of art and science while also integrating technology through the spirit of do-it-yourself (DIY) and Maker (low voltage electrical engineering) culture. He builds on his history as a formally trained graphic designer, professional interaction designer, independent business owner, self-taught programmer, and perpetual educator. He develops each project to engage audiences through contextually relevant experiences.