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Sound Spaces: MSHR

Saturday 30 November, 3–5pm
Lecture Theatre G1.04
Building G
Monash University
Caulfield Campus
Free entry

MUMA, in partnership with Liquid Architecture, are pleased to present a performance by American artists MSHR (Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper), whose work enacts a fractal-like synthetic ecosystem of light, handbuilt sculptural electronics, software systems and visual excess. The tactile and digital mesh together in a cybernetic feedback system, improvising within a structure of light and sound for a synaesthetic electronic experience. Sculptural approaches to building instruments and live interfaces are fed by digital sculpting software to become a console whereby intuition and procedure are interwoven together. This rich hybrid practice brings echoes of the ecstatic into electronics.

MSHR (Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy) collaboratively builds and explores sculptural electronic systems that primarily take the form of performances and installations. Since forming in 2011, their performances revolve around analog synthesizers and computer music systems of their own design, played via feedback with lights and movement. Their installations involve generative electronic systems embedded in immersive sculptural arrays. These systems are sometimes analog, digital and involve cybernetic compositions with generative and interactive aspects. Feedback is a fundamental structure in MSHR's practice. Their practice is a self transforming cybernetic entity with its outputs patched into its inputs, the resulting emergent form serving as its navigational system. MSHR emerged from the art collective Oregon Painting Society in Portland, Oregon. Since then, they have lived in Portland and New York, and recently without a home base, following residencies and projects.

Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk