Delving into the digital world, artist and musician Birch Cooper works with elements of virtual space to form his multi-disciplinary practice. His sculptural installations, electronic instrument designs, sonic recordings and performances originate from his inspiration by musical forms and urge to give a visible, spatial form to the structures of generative music typically beyond human perception. From this beginning, his works produce various outputs, often sonic structures and music described by Cooper as ‘hyper objects’, in a process of testing combinations through feedback paths.
Cooper is most well-known for his part in MSHR, a duo art collective with artist Brenna Murphy started in 2011 at the Oregon Painting Society art collective. Together they build and explore modular systems composed of sound, light, sculpture, software and circuitry to craft elaborate installations and performances with a distinct formalist approach and interface design. Selected exhibitions include ‘Material Sentience Habitat Ring’, MIRA, Barcelona (2020), ‘Frame Wave’, Calm & Punk Gallery, Tokyo (2019), ‘Source Fold Compositor – Module Braid’, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa (2018), ‘Swamp Matrix’, Sorbus, Helsinki (2018), ‘Lagos Presenta P.A.P.I. + UV’, Lagos, Mexico City (2018) and ‘Integrated Space Transducer’ ‘Past Skin’, MoMA PS1, New York City (2017).