Chris McNamara is video artist, writer and musician. He teaches new media at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. In October 2002, McNamara presented an exhibition at the Stiftung BINZ 39 gallery in Zurich, Switzerland-his first spanning the international spectrum. His most recent projects have been developed in collaboration with Steve Roy, another member of Thinkbox, with whom he explores the integration of field-recordings within rhythmic compositions.
Employing both technological prowess and outmoded tools to push back the limits of what sound and video can do, award-winning video artist and musician Chris McNamara, creates single channel works, sound performances and media installations that continually feed off one other. Dividing his time between Windsor and Ann Arbor, McNamara works with three distinct audio art collectives – nospectacle, Thinkbox (of which he’s a founding member) and Noiseborder Ensemble. He has exhibited extensively around the world and performed at MUTEK, Movement (Detroit) and Spark (Minneapolis). This year, he presents the international premiere of Amulet Cities, a live AV city symphony that builds upon McNamara’s formal preoccupations with urban constructs and our culture’s conflicted relationship with big city life. Amulet Cities loops a heady mix of fragmented visuals and abstracted sounds culled from the chaotic urban grind. The resulting harmonic dissonance invites contemplation about our individual connections to sounds and images that define dense cityscapes.
Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] 07/06/2010
A recombinant music and video affair based in Detroit, NOSPECTACLE improvises from the evocative music and film works of media artist Chris McNamara. A member of the loose Detroit/Windsor based gathering of audio-visual artists, poets, DJs and musicians called Thinkbox Collective, McNamara uses his own compositions as settings for his video works, and he uses his ambient video elements to compose more music, a process he describes as, “a perpetual motion machine (sort of).” The trio of artists that make up NOSPECTACLE includes Jennifer Paull and Walter Wasacz, who bring with them backgrounds in electronic arts, performance, photography and music criticism. Together, they concoct a live audio and video experience using original footage that they spontaneously edit and remix according to the sonic unfolding around them. Exploring the sensual relationship between the seen and the heard, NOSPECTACLE delivers a heady mix that plays between ethereality and narrative, interference and melody.