Knotted Gate Presence Weave

As part of the exhibition Sonic Arcade, curated by Shannon Stratton, Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, Sept 2017 - Feb 2018

With Knotted Gate Presence Weave, MSHR has constructed their largest environment to date: a cybernetic musical composition that uses circuitry, visitor presence and sculptural arrangement as its score. The visitor is guided along a path demarcated by a series of archways which trigger a change in the feedback system of sound and light. These archways are literal and metaphorical "gates." The main principals of MSHR's synthesizers are emergent generative structures, digital logic gates run as analog systems and feedback between light and sound. In electronics, a logic gate is an elementary building block of a digital circuit that regulates the flow of electricity through the input of binary values. Knotted Gate Presence Weave immerses the visitor in a hyperbolic analog modular system where their movement through the environment is analogous to an electric current. The overall system is one of feedback, where sound and light change over time, based on the presence of the visitor. The result is a complex audio-visual environment of distinct and unrepeatable sequences.

~ Shannon Stratton, 2017