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On June 6, 2009, Mark Beasley, Jon Cates, Jake Elliott, Alex Inglizian, Tamas Kemenczy, Nicholas O'Brien and Jon Satrom ("some of Chicago's finest multihyphenates") built a MAGIC MATRIX MIXER MOUNTAIN at Lampo.
As described in our promo materials, these seven artists transformed Lampo into a "kludgy hyperjunkyard," for an evening of "debugging and rebugging digital media, exposing the graceful musicality of faulty technologies."
Excerpted from the original blurb:
Cobbled together from broken computers, functional microphones, surveillance cameras, local feedback loops and international communication networks, this MAGIC MATRIX MIXER MOUNTAIN rises up from foothills and climbs skywards. Audio, video and datastreams flow up and down from the mountain. Each foothill is a self-contained system (artist) that sends tributary audio, video and data via a matrix of mixer connections. All these streams are sources mixed in realtime into a multi-channel audio and video landscape.
During the performance and installation, five of the artists will build the MAGIC MATRIX MIXER MOUNTAIN on-site while two are connected remotely via the Internet. All of the artists (foothills) will feedback and feedforward to expose the graceful musicality of faulty technologies. Decoding and rebugging digital media, the MAGIC MATRIX MIXER MOUNTAIN will exist for one night only but will be accompanied by an operator's instruction manual, to be written, arranged and printed live in real-time along with the performance of the audio, video and datastreams.
Installed and performed live in Lampo, the MAGIC MATRIX MIXER MOUNTAIN began through a collaborative process of free association and deep-linked metaphors online. A nonverbal montage of images, animations and videos posted to a group blog documents this process:
Building MMMM: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12
Performance shots: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
MMMM systems test / sound-check from Alex Inglizian
Something from Tamas Kemenczy
Performance clips: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
An early scheme from Jon Satrom, who later wrote in his blog, "VGA monitors embedded in the mountain will be visually displaying the output of an HTML sampler I'm working on. In addition to everyone's audio-system outputs, equipment will be mic'ed internally and externally creating a concofany [sic] of bits, volts, gears, and platters."
Something from Mark Beasley
Something from Jon Cates
About the Artists
Their collaborative projects have been shown or presented internationally in Mexico City, Mexico; Madrid, Spain; Montreal, Canada; Linz, Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; Paris, France; Beijing, China; nationally in cities such as Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Chicago; and online on New Media Art platforms such as,, Turbulence and Networked_Performance. They have organized spaces, events and platforms such as dai5ychain, dorkbot Chicago, r4WB1t5, BUSKER, HARDCoded, Chicago Hackmeetings, [FRAY], The Upgrade! Chicago and Version Festivals (02, 03 and 04). They are on faculty or have taught at The School of the Art Institute, Columbia College, Marwen, Street Level Youth Media and Experimental Sound Studio.
Mark Beasley is an artist/educator making software, video, performance and web art.
Jon Cates makes, organizes and teaches experimental New Media Art, including Art Games, Machinima, Computer Witchcraft, digitalPunk and Noise musics.
Jake Elliott is a cyberpsychedelic artware engineer. This is not a metaphor.
Alex Inglizian is a sound designer, experimental musician, computer programmer, electronic technician, and educator. Inspired by broken radios, children's toys, and vintage synthesizers.
Tamas Kemenczy branches and merges interactive fiction, the demoscene and programmable spells.
Nicholas O'Brien is a media maker and educator interested in the relationship between identity and virtual constructs such as memory, architecture and cyberspace.
Jon Satrom performs real-time audio/video, databends multimedia computer files, and creates colorful glitch-ware. He spends his days fixing things and teaching. He spends his evenings breaking things and learning.
Photo: A. Evans, 2009.
MMMM Map, Jon Satrom, 2009.
Text adventure game, Mark Beasley, 2009.
Image from MMMM Tumblr, 2009.
Image from MMMM Tumblr, 2009.

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