About John Holland

John Holland is a composer and Professor Emeritus in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. In the early 1980's, he co-founded Nature and Inquiry, an artists group that meets weekly to discuss ideas in art and science. The group has presented work at the MIT Media Lab, the Harvard Smithsonian Observatory, Habitat Institute, The Copley Gallery in Boston, to name a few. For the past 20 years he has taught a class that introduces artists to leading-edge ideas in science. In 2001 the Boston Globe reported that Nature, Science and Art was the most popular class at the College.

Music for Fixed Media (2013)

1. Antarctica  (6:00)

“The only place on Earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it.”

– Andrew Denton

2. Africa  (6:39)

“Mistah Kurtz, he dead.” – Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

3. Europe  (5:48)

“Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has recreated Europe in his own image.” – Aldus Huxley

4. Asia  (6:19)

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows” – Buddha

5. Australia  (5:59)

“I am compelled into this country.” – Patrick White, Voss

6. North America  (8:19)

“The history of North America has been perhaps more profoundly influenced by man’s inheritance from his past homes than by the physical features of his present home.” – Ellsworth Huntington

“Don’t forget your history or your destiny.” – Bob Marley

7. South America  (7:16)

“I must try and break through the clichés about Latin America. Superpowers and other outsiders have fought over us for centuries in ways that have nothing to do with our problems. In reality we are all alone.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez