Damian Catera is not a fan of writing an autobiography in the third person, so he will switch perspectives immediately!
This is my story, after all….
For over thirty years, I have been active as an interdisciplinary artist and musician and have expressed my ideas through compositions, media installations, performances, video and print works. These creative modalities revolve around different sets of interacting ideas including critical analysis, improvisation, semiotics and transmission. My primary mission as an artist is to blur disciplinary boundaries using the tools of art and technology.
I’ve been lucky to have toured and exhibited my work in the US, Europe and Asia, and have done so in such places as the Kitchen and New Museum in New York, the National Gallery in Prague, ZKM, the Hayden Planetarium.
As much as I love working on my own, I value the collaborative process and have worked with a variety of artists, musicians and writers including LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ardele Lister, Judy Dunaway, Cecelia Biagini, KK Null, Gerald Schwartz, John Baird, Michael Lopez and my wife, Patricia Kositzky. You might know some of my bands such as ConDemek, Skyline and Droney Rose.
I earned and undergrad degree in Political Science from Siena College and an MFA in Electronic Art from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Both degrees still play an important role in my work.
I have been on the staff at Rutgers/ Mason Gross School of the Arts since 1997 and have taught undergrad and graduate courses in media and sound at Rutgers and Goucher College.