Arnold Dreyblatt (b. New York City, 1953) is an American media artist and composer. He has been based in Berlin, Germany since 1984. In 2007, Dreyblatt was elected to lifetime membership in the visual arts section at the German Academy of Art (Akademie der Künste, Berlin). He is currently Professor of Media Art at the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design in Kiel, Germany. Dreyblatt studied music with Pauline Oliveros, La Monte Young, and Alvin Lucier and media art with Woody and Steina Vasulka.
His artistic practice of the last 20 years has ranged from large staged multi-day performances ("The Memory Projects", 1995-2001), involved installations (such as "From the Archives", 1999; "The Wunderblock", 2000; "Turntable History", 2009) and lenticular wall works (such as "Ephemeris Epigraphica", 2006 and “Writing Cage", 2012) as well as interactive artistic research projects such as the recent “Performing the Black Mountain Archive” (2015) at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art. At the same time he has continued to develop his unique work in composition and music performance.
Dreyblatt's visual artworks create complex textual and spatial visualizations for memory. These projects, which reflect on such themes as recollection and the archive, include permanent installations, digital room projections, dynamic textual objects and multi-layered lenticular text panels.
He has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums and public spaces such as the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin; The Jewish Museum in New York; the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna, the Draiflessen Collection in Mettingen and Gallery e/static in Turin. Permanent public art works are on display at the HL Holocaust Center in Oslo, the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the STASI Prison Memorial in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen. He has co-curated exhibitions such as the recent “Terry Fox: Ephemeral Gestures” at the Academy der Künste and which has toured throughout Europe.
Dreyblatt has recieved numerous commissions and awards including the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in New York, the 'Förderpreis' of the Academy of Art (Akademie der Künste) in Berlin and a recent residency at the Center for Arts, Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.