8 June 2019
MSHR is the art collective of Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper. The duo collaboratively builds and explores systems composed of sound, light, sculpture, software and circuitry. Their practice is a self-transforming cybernetic entity with its outputs patched into its inputs, the resulting emergent form serving as its navigational system. These outputs primarily take the form of installations and performances that integrate interface design with generative systems and a distinctive formalist approach. MSHR’s name is a modular acronym, designed to hold varied ideas over time. MSHR emerged from the art collective Oregon Painting Society in 2011 in Portland, Oregon, USA.
As artists in residence at Cashmere Radio, MSHR developed new generative music systems using feedback between their hand made analog synthesizers and instruments that they programed in SuperCollider. These sonic systems were developed in parallel with a body of digital sculptures, as a means of exploring the shared formal and conceptual aspects of these two mediums in MSHR’s practice. MSHR’s live set for Cashmere radio is an improvisation drawing from this work.