Botborg – New York, NY, USA

10 February 2015
Botborg in New York, NY, USA.

Performing Systems #2 @ Panoply Performance Laboratory

Performing Systems #2

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM EST
Panoply Performance Laboratory

Performing Systems #2
8pm $10 Panoply Performance Lab

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Chris Balint + John Bowman // /

>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ginny Benson

>>>>>>>>>> Jonas Bers

>>>>> Phil Stearns

>> Jeff Donaldson + Scott Sinclair

> Eric Barry Drasin

Curated by Eric Barry Drasin

This edition of Performing Systems explores practices in analog signal processing and hacked video equipment. We’ve assembled a tremendous lineup of Real time Video Artists who will present video scores with custom hardware and augmented systems.

Performing Systems is a series investigating contemporary practices in New Cinema and Realtime Video Performance. We seek to exhibit work that falls at the intersection of technical systems, performance, score and improvisation. Artists will present Realtime Performative works up to 30 minutes for Single Channel Projection with Sound.

Through a broad survey of technologies and aesthetics, we seek to understand the language of Realtime that defines our historical moment of technology and art. In doing so we simultaneously seek to highlight and frame these emerging practices, creating a context for their exhibition that legitimizes as it establishes and expands its definition. This includes but is not limited to Generative Software systems, Custom Dataflow Processing Patches, Circuit Bent Instruments, Custom Circuits, or Modular Video Synthesizers.

Chris Balint, John Bowman

Bio: Chris Balint is a Baltimore based artist and co-founder of the Holy Underground collective house and venue. John Bowman, in addition to being another co-founder of the Holy Underground collective, studied Sculpture & Extended Media at VCU in Richmond, VA, and likes to split his time primarily between audio-visual projects, drawing, and making techno.

Title of Composition: New Age Video Aquarium

Description: Chris and John manipulate VHS samples and other input material to create live audio video collage for fun and profit. // /


Ginny Benson

Bio: Ginny Benson uses analogue and thrift technology to create improvisational video works. She is one third of the audio/visual experiment ‘Brat Pit’.

Title of Composition: Untitled (Nuclear Mysticism)

Description: Ginny will live mix from various VHS and live camera sources to generate a real time video collage.


Eric Barry Drasin

bio: Eric Barry Drasin is an artist, musician and curator working at the intersection of digital media, performance and installation. Rooted in the Expanded Cinema tradition, his work explores the relationship between composition, interface, performance, score, and synesthetic audiovisual systems.

Title of Composition: The Secret Soup


The Secret Soup is a realtime system for improvised audiovisual composition. Referencing audiovisual synthesis techniques, custom digital interfaces control LFO waveforms and looper with 1:1 audiovisual counterpart. Lines move across the frame while the oscillators are played to create an audiovisual gesture. This gesture is looped and a new gesture is created forming a call and response using waveforms as the vernacular. In a constant state of revision, work in process has been realized as solo audiovisual performance, immersive interactive projection mapped installation, gallery installation, and as a score for intermedia performance ensemble.


Jonas Bers

Bio: Jonas Bers is a Hudson Valley based audiovisual noise performer, circuit bender and instrument builder. He is half of the drone duo hARBOUR.

Description: Free improv with a simple home-brew modular video synth, a modded video mixer and an audio mixer.


Phil Stearns


PHILLIP DAVID STEARNS, (USA, 1982) Based in Brooklyn, NY, Stearns’s work is centered on the use of electronic technologies and electronic media to explore dynamic relationships between ideas and material as mobilized within complex and interconnected societies. Deconstruction, reconfiguration, and extension are key methodologies and techniques employed in the production of works that range from audio visual performances, electronic sculptures, light and sound installation, digital textiles, and other oddities both digital and material. He received his MFA in music composition and integrated media from the California Institute of Arts in 2007 and his BS in music technology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2005.

Title of Composition: Apeiron | Peras


“The Greek term Apeiron, meaning originally “boundless” rather than “infinite,” was used by Anaximander for the ultimate source of his universe. He probably meant by it something spatially unbounded, but since out of it arose the primary opposite substances (such as the hot and the cold, the dry and the wet) it may have been regarded also as qualitatively indeterminate. Aristotle, summarizing the views of certain early Pythagoreans (Metaphysics A, 5), puts the pair Peras (“Limit”) and Apeiron (“Unlimited”) at the head of a list of ten opposites.” – source:



Botborg: Scott Sinclair + Jeff Donaldson

Bio: Botborg is an international audio-visual performance group that fuses and rewires raw electronic signals to create intensely visceral experiences of sound-color synaesthesia. Using a complex array of custom electronics, Botborg create totally live multi-sensory assaults of interdependent color and rhythm, pushing the limits of technology to invoke the maximum possible stimulation of their audience’s mind and body. Botborg work with a level of experimentation and improvisation that places them in a territory outside traditional musical or cinematic formats, where the boundaries between art, science, and philosophy mutate until they are rendered meaningless.

Title of Composition: Live Photosonicneurokineasthography

Description: Botborg’s performances are essentially practical demonstrations of their own ‘meta-instrument’ known as the ‘Photosonicneurokineasthograph’. This is a complex feedback machine incorporating an entangled mix of new and old technologies that are altered and customized to the unique features of every venue. Although the human operators of Botborg are skilled manipulators of the system, it is equally unpredictable and uncontrollable, allowing Botborg to look and sound vastly different on every occasion. All demonstrations are completely improvised and no source material is used outside the Photosonicneurokineasthograph.




david Linton is a nearly sexagenarian multimedia ingenue… He’s been a Noise musician… a reluctant Improvisor… a ‘Composer’ of scores… a Soundude… a Producer… a Director… a Curator… an Exibitor… & an even more reluctant Empresario… (he was even a ghost remixer once) …both a generous collaborator, and someone who at times refuses to collaborate… he has been bankrupt since 2002… he started to jam with interpatched sound and video signals about a dozen years ago… with electricity on his side he strives to create Majick out of Crap in the well precedented traditions… He has spent the past year trying to build a multimedia Artspace in rural North Carolina (as in “Appalachia” y’all…) called The Mission for Temporal Art…


At the time of this writing he has actually very little clue what he will be doing at this show… since he is in residence in rural Maryland while most all of his performance rig gear is still in North Carolina… E Barry says he’s gonna borrow him an RGB monitor for the show… whoooo hoooooo!

10 February 2015 - Dates - Projects: Botborg, Art: Audio-visual, Performance.