The Graham Foundation

Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

LoVid presents Mesh Extenders, a new group of interconnected compositions made for their handmade analog synthesizers along with video—work that constructs landscapes between virtuality, abstraction and documentation of daily life.

The art duo’s A/V performances are live, visceral audiovisual noise. Their synthesizers are designed to continue the legacy of artist-made tools. LoVid’s approach to instrument building is an exploration of the relationship between craft and engineering, embracing and integrating fragilities of analog systems into the instruments’ design and audiovisual compositions. Aesthetically, the instruments are sculptural combinations of circuits, wires and textile. Combining material and media sheds light on handmade DIY technological tools that expand on the relationship between the human body and technological development as part of the artists’ practice.

Tali Hinkis (b.1974, Jerusalem, Israel) and Kyle Lapidus (b.1975, New York, N.Y.) have worked together as LoVid since 2001. Their work includes installations, sculptural synthesizers, single channel videos, textile, participatory projects, mobile media cinema, works on paper and A/V performance. Projects have been presented at the New Museum, the Jewish Museum and the Neuberger Museum, New York; CAM Raleigh, North Carolina; Hors Pistes Tokyo, Japan; Daejeon Museum of Art, Korea; Netherlands Media Art Institute, the Netherlands; and ICA, London. LoVid has performed and presented works at The Kitchen, MoMA, PS1 and the Museum of the Moving Image, New York; Lampo, Chicago; International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands; CCA, Israel; and FACT, Liverpool. They have received support from several organizations and foundations. LoVid’s video works are distributed through Electronic Arts Intermix.

LoVid last appeared at Lampo in December 2010, when they performed C/O/L/O/R/G/B with a new color wheel synthesizer. In Becoming One.2, invited guests contributed body signals amplified by the duo’s circuit tacos.

Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation; support provided by mediaThe foundation inc.; organized in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Art and Technology Studies and Department of Performance