Points of Failure

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Points of Failure is an ongoing series of concerts and installations in which I work with miscellaneous objects and repurposed audio equipment to create an audiovisual performance-environment.

By using DIY electronics, found objects, light and sound making circuits, I experiment live with the musical potential of everyday materials, in response to the architectural features of the performance space. Though field recording equipment is often used (e.g. hydrophones, air pressure microphones, electromagnetic coils etc) Points of Failure works entirely with live processes and no prerecorded sound material occurs during the performance.

Alt text Points of Failure – Sonic Protest, Les Instants Chavirés, Paris, France [Image: Cindy Voitus, 2021)

The event usually takes place in the centre of the venue and expands out into performance space, creating a series of over lapping and intertwined spatialised light and sound relationships.

Points of Failure environments have previously involved horn speakers, light bulbs, popping candy, tesla coils, air horns, spark gaps, satellite dishes, smoke pellets, car horns, water drips, hydrophones, bass shakers, bells, modular synthesisers, self made stringed instruments, balloons, transducers, speaker cones, rain, fans, solenoids, contact microphones, DIY circuitry and motors.

Through the making and unmaking of objects, building hybrid mechanisms for making noise, unfolding a messy and eclectic multi sensory experience a mesmeric, multi-sensory environment occurs one in which sound, light, smoke, smell and movement intertwine.

Alt text Points of Failure – Tresor, Linz, Austria [Image: Verena Mayrhofer, 2022)

Points of Failure has been performance at the following venues worldwide:

Alt text Points of Failure – Tresor, Linz, Austria [Image: Verena Mayrhofer, 2022)

Alt text Points of Failure – LUFF, Lausanne, Switzerland [Image: Nina Refondini, 2020)

Alt text Points of Failure – Tresor, Linz, Austria [Image: Verena Mayrhofer, 2022)

Points of Failure has been kindly supported by Arts Council England and was developed in partnership with Brazilian partners Novas Frequencias and Silo – Art and Rural Latitude.


Points of Failure on LUFF TV

Points of Failure on Arte Tracks

Alt text Points of Failure – Tresor, Linz, Austria [Image: Verena Mayrhofer, 2022)

Alt text Points of Failure – Tresor, Linz, Austria [Image: Verena Mayrhofer, 2022)

Alt text Points of Failure – Sanatorium of Sound, Sokołowsko, Poland [Image: Kazimierz Ździebło, 2021)