cusps (2012) (Detail)
cusps is an audio/visual/textual feedback network. Three independent feedback loops, constructed from light-sensitive audio circuits that are amplifying electromagnetic fields generated by the piece, are being routed to custom computer software. This software analyzes these audio signals and uses this analysis to synthesize three real-time video signals, which are projected back onto the electronics. The light from these projections in turn affects the characteristics of the audio circuitry. The independence of microscopic “sections” of the piece becomes indiscernible as small catastrophic events shape the macroscopic organization as a whole. Theoretical texts that informed the direction of this project were passed through custom software that revealed ruptures and loops within the texts. When printed, these idiosyncrasies were accentuated by the use of a font whose (incorrect?) programming presents atypical behavior in response to traditional word processing commands.