Magic Matrix Mixer Mountain [2009]

Collaborative performance/installation with Mark Beasley, jonCates, Alex Inglizian, Tamas Kemenczy, Nicholas O’Brien, Jon Satrom and me, hosted & supported by Lampo in June 2009.

Original press release:

Mark Beasley, jonCates, Jake Elliott, Alex Inglizian, Tamas Kemenczy, Nicholas O’Brien and Jon Satrom will collaboratively build a A Magic Matrix Mixer Mountain. Cobbled together from broken computers, functional microphones, surveillance cameras, local feedback loops and international communication networks, this Magic Matrix Mixer Mountain will rise up from foothills and climb skywards. Audio, video and datastreams will flow up and down from the mountain. Each foothill will be a self-contained system (artist) that sends tributary audio, video and data via a matrix of mixer connections. All these streams are sources mixed in realtime into a multi-channel audio and video landscape.

During the performance and installation at Lampo, five of the artists will build the A Magic Matrix Mixer Mountain on-site while two are connected remotely via the Internet. All of the artists (foothills) will feedback and feedforward to expose the graceful musicality of faulty technologies. Decoding and rebugging digital media, the A Magic Matrix Mixer Mountain will exist for one night only but will be accompanied by an operator’s instruction manual, to be written, arranged and printed live in realtime along with the performance of the audio, video and datastreams.

Installed and performed live in Lampo, A Magic Matrix Mixer Mountain began through a collaborative process of free association and deep-linked metaphors online. A nonverbal montage of images, animations and videos posted to a group blog documents this process.

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