New Media Artist, Toolmaker

XYZ, Audio-Visual Performance & Interactive Installation, 2018-2019

3840 x 2160 4k

 

XYZ is an audio-visual performance that focuses on the exploration of sonic material for real-time sculpture. The work utilizes three analog oscillators in tandem to generate the XY & Z dimensions of the sculpture. A series of knobs and hand sensor allows gestural navigation and sonic manipulation.

Entangled Ecologies, Audio-Visual Performance, 6 min, 1920 x 1080 HD

Collaboration with Mnemosyne Quartet

 

Composer Michael Miller and video artist Eric Souther, in conjunction with Charlotte Street Foundation, present: Emergence of Post-Human Cartographies, an evening of audio-visual works, performed by improvisational electronica quartet, Mnemosyne. Kansas City Performing Media Festival (KC PMF) takes place on September 29th at Charlotte Street’s La Esquina Gallery (1000 W. 25th St, Kansas City, MO). The event took place during Open Spaces, Kansas City’s bi-annual outdoor-indoor contemporary art exhibition. Charlotte Street Foundation is excited to combine the unique and eclectic spirit of Kansas City’s performing arts scene with national contributors and ideas.

Consulting The Oracles: Analog | Digital Cleromancy, 2017-2018

20-23min, 1920 x 1080 HD

 

Consulting The Oracles is a collaborative performance of Leslie Rollins & Eric Souther that engages multiple agencies of the I Ching through interactions within analog/digital sound and visual systems. During the performance, Leslie manipulates and counts with traditional yarrow stalks to consult the oracle, a meditative process which in time, builds one of sixty-four possible hexagrams.

 

The performance uses an analog-video synthesizer to enhance and expand video feedback (created with a video camera and CRT TV), which is partially controlled by an infrared sensing array placed in front of Leslie during the consultation. His analog stream is mapped onto three-dimensional shapes of Chinese ideographs associated with the trigrams and hexagrams. These digital generated shapes are manipulated in real-time via a hand tracking sensor. The hand and digital form share the same X, Y, & Z spatial relationships combining in organic live animation coaxed from Eric's performance. This animation is composited on top of the consultation via a web camera allowing for digital and physical entanglements as the process enfolds

Ritual to Cleanse Neoliberalism, 2016-2017, Performance, 15min, 1920 x 1080 HD

 

Many ritualistic practices include sensory overload, for example, drumming, dancing, or pain. The clinical analysis of these practices tends to talk about sensory overload as a method for disrupting the cerebral processing of information and decreasing the meaningfulness of your surroundings. In Haitian Vodun, sensory overload is used to break down the self to be susceptible to possession. Neoliberalism and domination culture use a similar approach to initiate a form of capitalistic possession, which alters your freedom to choose, to a freedom to choose what to consume, a system that focuses on winners and losers.

 

Marshall McLuhan uses Edgar Allen Poe's story A Descent Into The Maelstrom as a metaphor for evading the effects of media, which is the method of sensory overload that works upon us. The key to Poe's sailor evading destruction was to pay attention to Maelstrom and how it functions. Hence in my ritual, I use a mantra sampled from Terence McKenna "Don't abandon yourself to amazement, pay attention, pay attention to what we're doing," an almost impossible task when being presented by a spectacle of images. If we don't abandon ourselves to amazement what can be learned?

Agentive Matter, 2017

Performance, 12-15min., 1920 x 1080 HD

 

Agentive Matter is a video and new media performance that explores the tension between material and symbolic communication. A database of one thousand images of historical artifacts is collected and mapped into a 3D superstructure that houses and forms these objects. During the performance, I grasp and bend this structure with a sensor that tracks my hand. Gestures of grasping or grouping mid-air morphs and bends the structure folding the images into one another creating new relationships, meanings, and matter. Through the form of aleatoric composition and improvisation, I am interested literally touching the unseen structures where the language is both developed and dissolved, provoking a criticism concerning duality separating knowledge and being.

Synaptic Transmissions, Audio-Visual Performance

12-15 min., 1280 x 720 HD

 

Synaptic Transmissions is an audio-visual performance that journeys through the abstract space of synapses firing in the brain. Eric Souther steers the flow and direction of the cerebrum travel, every turn triggering audio-visual responses in the real-time system.

 

Work was developed with support from Signal Culture during a Residency in 2015. Th piece utilizes a color wobbulator, designed by Jason Bernagozzi and Dave Jones, and the Signal Culture Maelstrom App developed by Eric Souther & Jason Bernagozzi.

Fragmented Realities, 2016

36min, 1280 X 720 HD

Collaboration with Mnemosyne Quartet

 

Mnemosyne Quartet with video artist Eric Souther presented Fragmented Realities, an immersive performance installation, where the sonic properties and the iconic imageries of favorite Kansas City locales were recontextualized inside La Esquina. These environments were enhanced and augmented through electronic manipulation and live improvisation. Those in attendance were the option to participate in the performance, by streaming and projecting a unique audio track from their mobile devices.

ANALOG DRIFT, 2015

43min 37 sec, 1280 X 720 HD

Collaboration with Mnemosyne Quartet

 

Analog Drift tells the story of an artificial intelligence and its journey to learn the audio-visual language of its creators. The AI decodes the music and the visual as data and attempts to process and synthesize its own creative voice. As the AI learns, it starts a dialog with performers and eventually collaborates alongside its creators.

 

Analog Drift is an immersive audiovisual performance that has 14 performers, surround sound, and three projections. The pitch and amplitude of the live performers are annualized in real-time and used to generate changes in the video in both accessing a video database and also generating shapes. Both Processing and Max/msp are used in tandem utilizing syphon.

Featured video artist

Eric Souther

 

Mnemosyne Quartet is

Eli Hougland, electronics

Michael Miller, bass clarinet

Russell Thorpe, saxophones

Ted King-Smith, saxophones

Ensemble in residence

Hillary Sametz, viola

Joshua Wise, cello

Sharra Wagner, clarinet

Michael Miller, bass clarinet

Mai Todokoro, vibraphone

Derek Shapiro, conductor

Recording Engineer

Josh Wise

 

Plus Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes

(EIO) and Mnemosyne Quartet

EIO is Brian Padavic, Bass

Ryan Oldham, trumpet

David McIntire, clarinet

Multiplying Muybridge, 2014

720 x 480 SD Wide-screen

 

Multiplying Muybridge is a hybrid analog/digital performance that recontextualizes Eadweard Muybridge’s late nineteenth century chronophotography, to both critique and analyze the language of film through the immediacy of video. The work utilizes an analog synthesizer to create real-time pattern generation in processing. Processing sends those frames then to Max/msp for live chroma-keying. Direct changes to the audio change how you see the layers of video. Audio is controlled via interacting with the synthesizers LFO's, depth sensors connected to control voltage to synth, and variables from drift speed from processing controls pitch on two VCOs.

The video above documents Multiplying Muybridge performance @ The Everson Museum on Sept. 20th, 2014 at the opening of Performing Media: Works by Signal Culture Artists in Residence.

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