Until the early 2000s, Ralske was known primarily as a guitar player who performed with other musicians from New York’s No Wave and free jazz scenes. He played, perhaps most famously, as a member of the band Crash in the late 1980s. In an organic transition over the next twenty years, Ralske moved from guitar to movie score composition to sound engineering before deciding to focus entirely on visual and performance art. For a period, he made artworks that analyzed well-known films, such as Avatar or 2001: A Space Odyssey, deconstructing and recomposing the movies. Eventually, Ralske developed a practice that drew from critical texts and film history (with a particular emphasis on German Futurism) for inspiration; today, the artist uses his own programmed software on digital films to create moody, meditative black-and-white works. In recent years, he has performed live video projects at the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.