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MSHR: Knotted Gate Chant Cycle

In anticipation of the opening of their generative sculptural installation Knotted Gate Chant Cycle presented by Harvestworks on October 14, 2016, the collaborative duo, MSHR, joins Clocktower in the studio for a conversation during the Second Sundays open house at Pioneer Works. The interview features MSHR discussing the mechanics of the installation, their synth building workshop at Pioneer Works (two of which they brought into the studio), and the relationship that they see between organic materials and synthesizers in their work.

The installation will be on view at SITE 57, on 57 Orchard Street, from Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16, noon – 6pm.

Knotted Gate Chant Cycle is a generative sound, light and sculpture installation by MSHR. Incandescent light bulbs, lasers and CMOS based synthesizers are ceremonially arranged into a feedback system spatialized through a quadrophonic speaker array. These elements form a macro-scale sculptural circuit that acts as both score and environment. The installation is presented in tandem with a synthesizer building workshop taught by MSHR at Pioneer Works.

MSHR is the art collective of Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy. The duo build and explore systems to reveal pathways toward ecstatic sensory experience. They work at the intersection of digital sculpture, analog circuitry and ceremonial performance. Their physical projects have largely revolved around analog light-audio feedback systems built from macro-arrangements of their sculptural synthesizers. On the virtual side, they weave computer generated portraits of inter-dimensional entities and psychedelic realms. These physical and virtual pursuits inform each other deeply, unfolding a hyper-shape that houses both.

MSHR artist residencies include Eyebeam, 2014; Pioneer Works, currently 2016; Signal Culture, upcoming 2016.