Manifold Systems for Hybrid Research
MSHR Visiting Artist Studio
FaVU, Fall 2023
This studio will focus on the development of the studio members' individual or collective artistic practices.
Group meetings will be held at the studio once a week where we will experience and discuss artwork by contemporary and historical artists as well as the current projects of the studio members.
As the visiting artists leading this studio, MSHR's fields of research will serve as a base from which to build collective lines of inquiry throughout the semester, including the following:
•Composing with systems
•Webpage as artistic medium
•Cybernetic sculpture installation
•Virtual Reality as physical medium
•Procedure and improvisation
The subjects focused on in the studio are flexible depending on the interests of the members, but we will open with a focus on artwork that uses systems:
System as Instrument- Living Compositions
We will consider the use and design of systems and instruments as an approach in artistic practices. Procedural techniques such as rule-based performance scores; generative compositions such as computer programs that feed back on themselves to produce ever-morphing media; and instrument design such as sound producing circuits whose physical properties define a musical composition.
When an artist creates a construct that has the potential to unfold in various ways, producing unforeseen behaviors, their art can become like a living collaborator. Working with generative, procedural, and cybernetic approaches offers an expansion of the artistic process- a zooming in and out of the boundaries of where the art is. Designing and exploring synthetic systems can also be a way of engaging with the interwoven biological, ecological, technological and social structures that frame our experience as embodied humans today.
Our weekly meetings will be spent discussing our collective research
and sharing and reflecting on the studio members' ongoing projects.
No specific skill sets are required aside from interest and
commitment. Participants will develop work throughout the semester relating to the ideas discussed, with a final group exhibition at the end.
The format of the studio is open, but with the expectation of a rigorous approach and high level of participation.
Please feel free to contact us (Brenna and Birch) with any questions!
Email us at memshr at gmail dot com