Jed Speare, In Memoriam, March 22nd. 2016 He will be missed.

Jed Speare, Strange Attractor@StudioSoto, Photo by Kristophe Diaz

Jed Speare, Strange Attractor@StudioSoto, Photo by Kristophe Diaz

Jed Speare – 1954-2016

It is with great sadness that Mobius shares the news of the passing of Jed Speare on March 22, 2016.  Jed was an active member in the group since 1995 and provided leadership for Mobius as co-director/director from 1996-2004, and again from 2009-2013.  Mobius is lucky to have received the commitment and dedication that Jed generously gave to this organization. He had a prolific career as a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and organizer. Jed’s activities reached far beyond Mobius, as he engaged with numerous artists and organizations in Boston and around the world.

Despite the challenges with his health in the last few years he persisted in his work with the sensitivity, attention, and criticality that he always had. Just in the last few months, Jed was an artist-in-residence at the Guest House, Cork, Ireland and at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh. He launched: The Wounds of Returning - Sound Works II 1974-1983 with Farpoint Recordings, and presented a new electroacoustic work at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall with collaborator, Morgan Evans-Weiler.  

Jed’s career as an artist spanned over four decades, during which his work reflected the personal, political and cultural transformations that marked a fluctuating environment for experimental art making.  We are grateful that he left us with so many memories, ideas, images, words, and sounds which will continue to have impact for years to come.

Thank you Jed for all that you have shared and given us.  

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Mobius is preparing a memorial event in honor of Jed’s life and work. We will be sending out details as they solidify. If you have any reflections, photos, or expressions to share about Jed (now or in consideration of the memorial) please send them to daniel@mobius.org

Additional announcements of Jed’s passing:

Family Vineyard

The WIRE Magazine, UK