Arto Lindsay

Rio de Janeiro

Born in Richmond, 1953. Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
Arto Lindsay is an artist, musician and producer born in 1953 in Virginia, USA, and raised in Brazil. After living for 30 years in New York, he returned to live in Brazil again in 2004. In 1977 he formed the band DNA, featured on the influential compilation album "No New York" produced by Brian Eno. In 1978, he joined the Lounge Lizards, later performed with The Golden Palominos (1983), and formed the group Ambitious Lovers with Peter Scherer in 1985. From 1990 on he released records under his own name.

Beginning in 1989, he has been sought after as a producer, working on albums by Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Marisa Monte, David Byrne, Waldemar Bastos, Thiago Nassif, and Ilê Aiyê, among others. Throughout his career, he has been a voracious collaborator, working with visual artists, dancers, and musical artists, including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Melvin Gibbs, Dominique Gonzalez Foerster, Vito Acconci, Matthew Barney, Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Amanda Miller, Heiner Goebbels and Heiner Müller, Cornelius, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

In 2004 he began to make parades, thinking of them as an aesthetic form with important social functions. These parades make extensive use of custom-designed sound systems and have been presented at the Venice Biennale; the Portikus, Frankfurt; and Performa in New York. He has a continuing interest in using performer-controlled surround sound in concert.
Photo: Moira Ricci.