Hailing from San Francisco, Mark Slee has been known to wear many creative hats - but two of his all-time favorite fashions are that of DJ and producer. Since co-founding House-Heads in 2008, a collective combining forward-thinking music with a quirky underground vibe, he has gone on to join the Listed Bookings roster and host the monthly mix show Heron Sound on Proton Radio. He is also one half of Manju Masi, a collaboration with long-time partner in crime Atish. Slee’s sets have taken him far beyond his hometown - from Cape Town to Playa del Carmen to Robot Heart. More recently, he has become a regular at the Cityfox party series in New York, often along with his complex LED light installations.
Over the course of an obsession with dance music now more than 15 years strong, Slee has evolved a style of deep house that reflects a unique personality, balancing intricate grooves, light dreamy textures, and playful whimsical bounce. Blending the technical with the introspective, he brings an approach to constructing sets that tickle both mind and soul.
Rounding things out are his original productions and remixes, which have seen release on such labels as Cityfox, Tenampa, 5 and Dime, and Looq.
Mark Slee's visual art is built around structured systems of addressable LED lights. Drawing on a background in computer programming, he develops algorithmic patterns inspired both by organic and mathematical processes, employing procedural motion, subtle variation, and evolving shifts in both form and hue. These patterns explore the way our visual perception works, creating a vivid, colorful experience that is pleasing both aesthetically and intellectually - pretty lights that tickle mind and soul.
2Squared by Charles Gadeken — April 2014, Coachella
Software infrastructure for 1500+ light cubes across two 60-foot steel trees
Wish by Robert James — March 2014, EDC Mexico City
Custom programming for 5000+ nodes across three 40+ foot metal flowers
Living Lights with Vanesa Dvezdetbgovic — February 2014, Asana HQ
100 nodes, 48"×56" folded steel frame, walnut face, moss, tillandsia
Fabrication by Alexis Moran
AudioSF — December 2013, Audio SF
Eight 100-node tufted panels, 184-node infinity mirror ring, audio-reactive programming
Sugar Cubes by Alexander Green — September 2013, Burning Man
Software infrastructure for 15,000+ nodes across 80+ aluminum cubes
DBLX — June 2013, Dropbox HQ
360 nodes, 57"×91" folded steel frame, walnut face
Fabrication by Alexis Moran
The Cityfox Experience — November 2012, Manhattan NY
750 nodes, ~30'×60' ceiling installation on architectural beams
Caf8teen — October 2012, Facebook HQ
4,218 nodes, two ~9'×30' wall sections, diffused by frosted glass
Architectural Design by Envelope A+D
Diodysia — August 2012, Burning Man
400 nodes, 12'×12' hardware cloth mesh
Indirection mk2 — May 2012, Social Capital Partnership
100 nodes, 92"×92" walnut frame, raw steel face
Fabrication by Drew Bennett
TwoTwoTwo — March 2012, 222 Hyde SF
480 nodes, 8'×15' ceiling-mounted PVC paneling
Teraxicum — November 2011, La Honda CA
400 nodes, architectural installation on farm house
Lutrix — August 2011, Burning Man
248 nodes, 4ft wire cube structure + 4ft wire cylindrical towers
Indirection — August 2010, Burning Man
100 nodes, wood framing
I am of the general opinion that the human experience is primarily a function of a brain and body driven consciousness, with a tendency towards existential and relativistic viewpoints. Without making any strong claims as to the origin or underlying nature of this existence, I very roughly identify with the pantheistic notion that the concept of God is essentially a reference to the beautiful state of the universe in its entirety.
Given that, I feel the best thing we can do with our time here is attempt to better understand the potential our minds and hearts make available to us through playful exploration. I aim my technological pursuits toward the creation of positive emotional experiences, and through art I enjoy exploring the nature of perception. I am particularly fascinated by the way music can directly impact mood and memory formation. Visually, I enjoy toying with the thresholds at which we begin to perceive gradual shifts in hue and shape as patterned motion.