John Toth
Intermedia. Hypermedia and the Sublime.

PERFORMANCES / Fabric Media Installations

Nurse's Back, Holly Fairbank and John Toth, 2009, dance media installation

Nurse's Back
second nature


Lecture on the Weather:
John Cage in Buffalo

January 23 – February 14, 2010

Chance Chants for John CageJohn Toth, 1984-2010. 1:05 Composed by John Toth.
Realized by John Malinowski, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

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R   I   V   E   R John Toth and Joan Grossman
Media installation baszed on the Hudson River
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hyperJohn Toth / Guest Artist / Lecture
Hypermedia Man

The University of Iowa
The School of Art and Art History
150 Art Building West

October 9th, 2006, 8:00pm
Art Building West

Act Without words

Act Without Words

THEATER intermedia

Act Without Wordsby Samuel Beckett 
directed by Shelley Wyant, played by Jean Taylor with setting and virtual set by John Toth

January 12, 2003   show #1  3:00 ; show #2  5:00
January 13, 2003   show #1  3:30:  show #2  6:00
March 7, 2003        show #1  3:30; show #2  6:00
March 14, 2003      show #1  3:30; show #2  6:00                 
March 28, 2003      show #1  3:30       


78th Street Theater Lab
236 West 78th Street at Broadway
New York, NY 10024

MEDIA installation

John Toth

National Museum of
Photography, Film & Television,
Bradford, England

Convergence, 3 fabric units 30'x40"x50' with light and video projections

Confluence, 6 fabric units each 10'x10'x10' with light and video projections


Collaboration with John Cage and LeJaren Hiller
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.

John Toth,fabric installation, 8units 18' x 18' x 9' with 40 slide projectors, 16 film projectors and 6 harpsichords.

HPSCHD 1John Cage / HPSCHD 2a



Francesca Mantani Arkus
Jen Faith Brown *
Fay Greenbaum
Christopher Logan Healy *
Laura Strausfeld
Jean Taylor *
John Toth

Five Performances: 1999
October 1,10:00pm
October 2, 4:00pm
October 3, 2:00pm
October 5, 8:00pm
October 7,10:00pm

380 Broadway
at White Street, 4th floor
New York, NY

Circ001e In A Circle
John Toth produces a fabric installations in multiple sites that defines a similar structure and framework for performance and art. The core collaboration is the linking of live performances in Buffalo, Houston and New York City via the internet and fiber optic cable.

Audart Gallery - 1997
60 Broad St.
New york, NY

Victoria AndersonSarah Carl / BelowIn A Circle

Collaborators: Mark Degarmo (coreographer, dancer, NYC), Jean Taylor (theater, NYC), Nancy Gaelat -Wozny (choregrapher, dancer, Houston) John King (composer, musician, NYC), Lynn Brown & Lynn Marie Ruse (coreography, dance, Freefall, NYC), Don Metz ( composer, musician, EBMA, Buffalo), Victoria Anderson (choreographer, dancer, NYC), Sara Carl (dancer).



Media Study/Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

EBMA - performance - 1982
Don Metz, composer; Michael Basinski, poet
John Toth, fabric installation, 8-units 18' x 18' x 9'

Elicot Square 2a

Elicot Square 1aMEDIA installation

Elicot Square Building

John Toth, fabric installation for performance.
fabric 40 feet by 60 feet

Tales of Exile      In 1989 I had the pleasant experience of meeting dance choreographer Ruby Shang.  Ruby saw slides of my stationary fabric installations and thought it would make a good collaboration to have to have her dancers move and manipulate my fabric structures within her dance composition.  "TALES OF EXILE" premeired in 1989 at the Lincoln Center "Out-Of-Doors Festival" in New York with Ruby Shang Dance Company and theater performance directed  by Gilbert T'sai with music composition by  Carman Moore.
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tales03a.jpgCollaboration with Ruby Shang and Dance Company.

Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival - 1989

dancer manipulated fabric structures

Tales of Exile

Adapted from "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino

Music: Carman Moore, composer and the Sky Music Ensemble with Leroy Jenkins, violin Sam Rivers, saxophone.

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Tales of Exile    tales09a.jpg tales06a.jpg   tales05a.jpg
Earth Day
John Toth, performance installationa

Earth Day Festival
Times Square, New York

Earth Day 1a       Earth Day 2a

Homage to Rothko

Artists' Gallery, Buffalo, NY. , May, 1979

John Toth, fabric environment.

homage to rothko

Screen 1a
Folding Space

John Toth, 1979, fabric installation.
bent poplar and nylon.

Net Web

John Toth, 1984, fabric installation.


John Toth, 1979, fabric installation, 96" x 96" x 96"



East Buffalo Media Association
on-line Intermedia-  May 21st, 2000
2:00 pm    INNEREYE.NET - John Toth - NYC

John Toth - Web Design Digital Media

EBMA  -  Buffalo State College  -   Buffalo, NY

Don Metz - composer
Michael Basinski - Sound Texts
Ed Soboa  -  Photography & Digital Imaging


Earth Day Festiva fabric, 72" x 24" cir.
  Fabric Is A Structure For Behavior

Perhaps the earliest memories we have of fabric are from the embryonic membrane that first served as our protective shelter.  And immediately from the womb we were dressed in blankets and clothes.

Later, as a child, I crawled under the quilting frame of my grandmother’s Slavic sewing circle.  My back to the damp basement floor, I watched, under the quilting frame, as needles poked through the tightly stretched fabric, stitching remnants from our worn out shirts into brightly colored geometric patterns.  Sitting around the perimeter, the husbands occasionally rose to readjust the clamps holding the quilt to the frame, testing the tension, aware of the surface.  The lights above lit the fabric, coloring the shapes, as I watched below the patterns grew.


I played under  fabric landscapes that covered furniture in storage, in the scary part of the attic. Within the quiet moments of hide-and-seek, lying under the fabric protection, I discovered a place that gave refuge and a structure for visual fantasy.

In later years, I camped in dark green resin soaked cotton canvas tents and watched shadowy trees and blistering light bend on sharp angles across the woven  textured surface that promised, during rain, not to drip unless I touched it.

As an artist I use fabric to mingle the mystery of materials from   brightly colored nylon and synthetic grids to metallic meshes and translucent Mylar’s, with light, film and projected video

defining links:

Installation Art

Unlike traditional art works, installation art has no autonomous existence. It is usually created at theexhibition site, and its essence is spectator participation. Installation art originated as a radical artform presented only at alternative art spaces; its assimilation into mainstream museums and galleries is a relatively recent phenomenon. The move of installation art from the margin to the center of theart world has had far-reaching effects on the works created and on museum practice.



Digital Media Archive 1 - 2 - Sculpture Archive - Painting Archive - Drawing Archive - Portfolio Archive

all images (c) copyright 1986-10 John Toth

hypermediaman Convergence - Confluence - John toth HPSCHD HPSCHD 2