Brian Joseph Davis

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Brian Joseph Davis is a Canadian-born filmmaker and digital artist.[1]


Davis began exhibiting in the mid-aughts, working at the intersection of digital technology, memory, and pop culture. In 2006 he built a public recording studio at a gallery and paid visitors to sing the Beatles song “Yesterday” from memory. Davis' "Yesterduh" garnered international coverage[2] when the recordings were released online and went viral.[3]

In 2012 his project The Composites became one of the most visited Tumblrs of the year.[4] As Davis told the BBC, The Composites used “forensic art software, descriptive prose, with crowd sourced feedback, to create portraits of literary characters.”[5] The project would go on to be covered in People Magazine, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, and Le Monde. The Atlantic called The Composites "Murakami meets CSI."[6]

From 2008 to 2010[7] he was president of the indie record label Blocks Recording Club and oversaw releases from Owen Pallet, Fucked Up, Nadja and Katie Stelmanis.

After relocating to Brooklyn with his wife, the novelist Emily Schultz, Davis directed several music videos[8] for Castle and Nadja. He also co-founded the literary website Joyland: A hub for short fiction, and published early work from Amelia Gray, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Roxane Gay.


  1. ^ Kado, Steve (2007-12-22). Megatron: team interview with Brian Joseph Davis & Steve Kado. "C: International Contemporary Art", 22 December 2007. Retrieved from
  2. ^ WNYC's Soundcheck. "Yesterduh". Archived from the original on 2006-07-12. 
  3. ^ Staff, Salon. "Daily Download: "Yesterduh," Brian Joseph Davis". Salon. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  4. ^ Mir, Leticia; Reporter, a BuzzFeed News. "An Artist Draws Police Sketches Of Famous Literary Characters". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  5. ^ Composites: Sketching Lisbeth Salander’s 'real' face, 2012-02-21, retrieved 2017-02-12 
  6. ^ Garber, Megan. "Here's What Humbert Humbert Looks Like (as a Police Composite Sketch)". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  7. ^ "It's Gonna Be Us!: An Oral History of Blocks Recording Club | Chart Attack". Chart Attack. 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  8. ^ Matt, Metal (2016-08-05). "Are You Into Castle Yet?!?! (New Video)". MetalSucks. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 

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