IDEAL – Digital Arts Center
“Material Sentience Habitat Ring” is an array of interlocking zones that form a poetic simulation of reality, refracted through consciousness and software. MSHR’s computer-generated sonic and sculptural compositions weave formal abstractions that reflect the complex dynamics of natural systems and human perception.
–> MSHR is the art collective of Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy. 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.