Adam Buffington is a composer and performer exploring the experiential effects of glacial physical movement and gesture in combination with quiet, delicate noise and prolonged silences.
His work has been presented at such venues as Hartford Art School, ROY G BIV Gallery (Columbus), Ely Center of Contemporary Art (New Haven), Real Art Ways (Hartford), 400 West Rich (Columbus), Mengi (Reykjavik), and Reykjavik Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir, amongst others. He has collaborated with such composers and performers as Zach Rowden, Trevor Saint, Henry Birdsy, Matt Sargent, and Robert Carl.
He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Historical Musicology at the Ohio State University.
His dissertation, informed through extensive ethnographic and archival research, documents a series of encounters between Icelandic and international artists in Reykjavik during the later 20th-century. By examining the impact such encounters had upon the Reykjavik arts community, his research aims to be a re-evaluation or addition to historiographies on Fluxus and other transnational networks by examining them through the perspective of a nation relegated to the periphery of those narratives.
His research has been published in Current Musicology, and has been presented at the American Musicological Society, and Iceland University of the Arts.