Justin Bennett & HC Gilje - Mikro
Sunday 12 June
19:00 - 20:00
Mikro is a series of improvised performances using the immediate surroundings as raw material. HC Gilje (video) and Justin Bennett (sound) use materials they find on this Journey. The form of the performance comes from the interaction between players, the material, and the performance space. Gilje uses a microscope to examine and capture textures of various found materials, which are added to a continuously changing video loop: new images constantly replace old ones. Organic, mineral, synthetic, processed: dead and live materials come together in a flicker bonanza. The modus operandi for the sound in Mikro is similar to and inspired by Gilje’s video processing. It comes from manipulating found materials – metal, paper, plant material, stones, and other objects to reveal their textures and resonances. Very quiet sounds are amplified using different kinds of microphones: miniature mics, contact mics, ultrasonic detectors, etc. The sounds are then processed digitally in a computer. Just as with the video, small memory buffers are filled with audio data and then the data is ‘read’ in different ways. Bennett uses techniques such as granulation, brassage, delays, rhythmical ‘step sequencers’ and convolution. Different buffers can send audio to each other so that feedback loops occur within the software as well as through the loudspeakers and microphones.