Heavily improvised, playing with the collapse of massed, barely functional salvaged equipment and software systems made manifest in sound/noise and image, Howse presents a complex, process-driven constructivist performance; the symphonic rise of the attempt to piece together fugal systematics is played out against the noise of collapse and machine crash at the deserted border of control.
Material is both evidence and self-obscuring; a literal drama of sheer light (waves) and absolute darkness (our substrate) exacerbated by the excitation of substance and its subsequent bodily detection. The performer is cast as a volatile detective, with an audible forensics probing a tabletop micro-material-theatre.
[MH. Substrate. 2011]
Substrate has been performed, solo and with others, in various forms: at Ausland, Berlin as part of 11. MONTHLYUNTITLEDACTS&UNSTABLESYSTEMS (2010) and at the opening of the CTM.11 show, Alles, Was Sie über Chemie wissen müssen, in 2011
For LiWoLi2011, the performance would make use of prepared laptop, hard drives, CDROM and floppy drive allowing for certain elements of the signal and data path to be made audible. These hardware items will be subjected to various extreme, audible processes (return to substrate, pouring concrete, scraping) during the performance.
Software &/or Hardware:
Prepared (circuit bent) laptop, floppy drive, CDROM, hard drives.
Operating System: GNU/Linux