WHO: Montreal-based Chicago-native trans-disciplinary artist Matthew Biederman and California-born, Berlin-based musician and media artist Pierce Warnecke
STYLE: Multichannel, multi-screen altered-reality generative audiovisual performance, experimental analog and digital art, optical and audio illusions
LATEST WORK: Perspection A/V performance (2015-2016), Saturation exhibition at City Museum of Ljubljana (2016), Warnecke's Gainstage LP (2015)
LABELS/GALLERIES: Biederman is represented by Montréal’s Art45 gallery, Warnecke has released music on Khalija, Staaltape, Gaffer, Attenuation Circuit and Gruenrekorder
MORE: Biederman co-founded the non-profit Arctic Perspective Initiative, fusing traditional knowledge through new technologies in the circumpolar region. Warnecke co-curates the Emitter Micro Festival and label
MUTEKs: Montréal 2014: Biederman with 4X
Matthew Biederman and Pierce Warnecke push the limits of perceived reality in a new audiovisual performance that combines their far reaching artistic practices: in Perspection, multiple screens pulse in vivid colour and in black and white, geometric shapes projected using 3D tracking to create a single anamorphic image, all the while spatialized audio warps and whirs. Biederman and Warnecke aim beyond the disembodied effects of CGI and VR technology: screens shift into vital sculptural forms that live in sound-image relationships with each other, spurring audiences to experience the physical here-and-now of theatre space paired with augmented reality, to become hyperaware of the act of perception itself.
Biederman has worked across art and media platforms and collaborated with musicians since the mid-1990s, creating works “where light, space and sound reflect on the intricacies of perception.” Warnecke splits his artistic practice between sound and visual art, delving into “the effects of time on matter: modification, deterioration and disappearance.” He uses both digital forms and rough materials in his art, readapting and recontextualizing objects and materials to alter their meanings and cultural connections, creating fictionalized universes in the process.
After recent performances of Perspection at Sao Paulo’s FILE Festival, Santa Fe’s Currents New Media Festival and Berlin’s CTM, Biederman and Warnecke present a new version of the project at MUTEK: Perspection (cubed), a site specific, multichannel interactive audiovisual installation built from custom hardware and software and featuring projectors, loudspeakers and hypersonic speakers.
Produced with the support of Arcadi Île-de-France.