Art duo MSHR premieres Macro Synthetic Helio Resistor—a quadraphonic performance involving their new Boolean logic chip-based analog modular synthesizers in a feedback system with lasers, strobes and incandescent lights.
MSHR is the collaborative project of Birch Cooper (b.1985, Ester, Alaska) and Brenna Murphy (b.1986, Edmonds, Wash.). Intent on creating an ecstatic sensory experience for audiences, the Portland-based artists work at the intersection of digital sculpture, analog circuitry and ceremonial performance. Their physical projects are largely comprised of light-audio feedback systems, built with their sculptural synthesizers. On the virtual side, they seek “computer generated portraits of inter-dimensional entities and psychedelic realms.”
MSHR emerged from the five-person art collective Oregon Painting Society in 2011 and has since exhibited and performed at Upfor, Portland; Kunsthaus Langenthal; Postmasters Gallery, NYC; Musée des Artes Creteil; Cell Projects, London; Transmediale, Berlin; TBA, Portland; Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco; The Peckham Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale; Kunstverein Dusseldorf; Three Walls, Chicago; Western Front, Vancouver; American Medium, NYC; Appendix Project Space, Portland; Le Dictateur, Milan. They were 2014 artists-in-residence at Eyebeam and are currently artists in residence at Pioneer Works.
Brenna Murphy made her Chicago debut in September 2012, when she presented a new live performance entitled SkyFace~TextureMappr and a collection of her video works for Lampo and Conversations at the Edge.
Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation