Instant Places (Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse)
Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse create interactive audiovisual performances and generative installation works for galleries and online platforms, using constantly-evolving hardware/software systems that integrate physical and virtual image and sound sources, touch-sensitive interfaces, and algorithmic responses from handmade software instruments. Their Instant Places collaboration has been a central focus for over 20 years: since 1997 they have realized performances, installations, and telematic works on location across the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Australia.
In spring 2019 they presented Breathing Room at the Thames Gallery, Chatham, an immersive audio visual space that was generated in real time for the main gallery March - May 2019, with an online iteration that generates audiovisual compositions in perpetuity at instantplaces.ca/Breathing-Room/, and POD DREAMERS RADIO HOME, an online generative work that included live exchanges and performances for the Art's Birthday international telematics celebration in January 2019. In late 2018 they conducted residency work in Ireland and Scotland that they completed with audiovisual performances in Birmingham and Glasgow.
Over 2016/2017 they premiered three new generative works inspired by the forms and processes of lichen symbiosis: RhizoGeographicum (Gallery Stratford), XANTHORIA ELEGANS (Art-Image, Gatineau), and CARBON SUGAR AIR, an online generative system that improvises and streams three-minute sound sculptures in real time. From September through December 2016, Kavanaugh and Birse realized self-directed residencies throughout the United Kingdom; highlights were performances in Liverpool with the Liverpool Improvisation Collective, an audio performance at SonADA Festival (Aberdeen), and the premiere of a new work for generative visuals and realtime composition in Glasgow at GIOFest 2016.
In 2014-2015 they presented installation/performance iterations of their generative/interactive work SLEEPER at New Music Kingston, the M:ST Festival Calgary, FIMAV Victoriaville, and the Museum of Vancouver during the 2015 ISEA colloquium.
From 2010 - 2013 they installed immersive generative audiovisual spaces for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Peterborough Art Gallery, Interaccess (Toronto), the JNAGG (Sarnia), and NAISA/NXNE Toronto, and presented mobile artlab/broadcasting projects at Sound Symposium (St. John's), and Truck Gallery (Calgary). During 2003 - 2010 they realized location artworks from coast-to-coast in Canada, and across Australia (2004), Japan (2008), the United States (2008/2009), and South America (2009); from 1997 to 2002 they created artworks on location throughout Canada and, in Europe, for the Kassel Documentary Film Festival, BACKUP festival (Weimar), LEM Festival (Barcelona), and the Audio Art Festival (Krakow).