Gleefully muddying the waters between 3D motion design and generative art, Push 1 stop's output is as varied as it is innovative, her live sets invariably characterized by the build up of elegantly precise and complex narrative environments. Wiklow makes the glitch melodic in an experimental techno interwoven with acoustic classical instrumentation and sound art composition.
Desbiens-Desmeules has worked in the fields of postproduction and special effects for over 10 years, with a background in video and photography. A compositing specialist and digital arts and electronic music enthusiast, she's also been VJing since 2008. She's contributed abstract visual narratives to MUTEK and many more festival showcases, including sets by Kara-Lis Coverdale and Anthony Naples, bowling festival-goers over with the realism of her textures, the acuteness of her overlays and more than a few optical illusion games. In collaboration, she's created INTERPOLATE AV with producer Woulg—a live generative conversation blurring the roles of musician and visual artist and conveying the physicality and emotional reaches of sound. A computer scientist with a master’s in Music Technology, Dean combines artist, producer, academic and tech expert into his expansive Wiklow project, wielding both turntables and digital interfaces, his embodiment of a post digital, psychoacoustic techno. Solo or collaborating with other musicians, radical radio producers and multimedia artists—such as in 3D immersive Liquid Architecture performances with Diagraf and Ewerx—Wiklow rides the peaks and crashes of its own harsh washes of synthetic noise and radio feedback, finding strange beauty and emotion in abstract technologies, transporting listeners into a world of familiar digital sounds given organic autonomy.
At MUTEK, Push 1 stop and Wiklow merge installation with live performance in Membrane, Algorithmic Performance for Transparent Materials. A generative audiovisual work of volumetric projections, rising smoke and a transparent membrane that vibrates with audio-reactive algorithms and light, inviting us to step into the space between perception and illusion.
Photo credit: Sébastien Roy