. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)


Posted by | Kelly M Shindler | Posted on | April 4, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 6:00 pm | Live performance! Joe Musgrove and Scott Sinclair in person!

Principle 2 (Botborg, 2007). Courtesy the artists.

As Botborg, Berlin/Brisbane-based artists and musicians Scott Sinclair and Joe Musgrove fuse and rewire raw electronic signals to create intensely visceral experiences of sound-color synaesthesia. Using a complex array of custom electronics, audio and video mixers, cameras and screens, the duo blends sound and vision into a self-perpetuating web of interdependent color and rhythm, generated (in real time) entirely by device feedback. In their first US duo performance, Musgrove and Sinclair will present a new, improvisatory performance, incorporating the unique characteristics of the Film Center’s theater into their system. Botborg’s work has screened around the globe and they have performed throughout Europe and Australia, including at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria and the Spectropia Festival in Riga, Latvia. Co-presented by the experimental music series Lampo. 2011, Joe Musgrove/Scott Sinclair, Australia/Germany, multiple formats, ca. 60 mins plus discussion.

JOE MUSGROVE (1978, Newcastle, Australia) is an artist, composer, and archivist. His current solo music production is focused on electroacoustic composition, drawing influences from post-industrial musique concrete, early modernist composition, Japanese Gagaku and its Korean antecedents, and super-producers of the 1980s such as Trevor Horn. Musgrove has produced nearly 50 self-releases, many in limited edition with hand-made artwork. As a video artist, his work focuses almost exclusively on psychedelic abstraction. His video work has been screened throughout Australia and internationally. He currently lives and works in Brisbane, Australia.

SCOTT SINCLAIR (1980, Sydney, Australia) is an audiovisual artist, performer, and programmer. His work often collages together disparate media—from computer music and vocal improvisation to video and hand-made costumes—to harsh and humorous effect.  From 2002-2005 Sinclair coordinated the Small Black Box sound art performance series at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. In 2003, he founded the Half/theory web server and online shop to promote experimental Australian and New Zealand artists. Sinclair holds an MA from Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria and performs with Botborg, The Superusers, and his solo noise-karaoke project Company Fuck. He currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.