Botborg - Biofeedback in Simulation
Principle 5, 2005 DV PAL – 4:3 Colour  – stereo sound (still) Courtesy the artist


Botborg is the Brisbane and Berlin based audio-visual performance duo of Scott Sinclair and Joe Musgrove. Together in elaborate disguise, they operate a complex array of custom electronics to create totally live multi-sensory assaults of interdependent colour and rhythm. Aggressively pushing the limits of technology, Botborg invoke maximum stimulation of their audience’s mind and body through the amplification of a synesthetic media-mass, capable of producing a forceful interface of “screaming digital nonsense and mass audio confusion.” To experience the impact of their synchronized AV seizures is to be tipped into a sound-colour world where glitches drift into complex rhythms and waves of static drench the senses. Compelled and confronted by the brutal barrage of audio-visual feedback, you may suspect something sinister behind the duo’s hyper-violent explorations into Photosonic Neurokineasthography – the occult science supposedly developed in the mid-60s by Dr Arkady Botborger (1923-1981) that works to “write the movement of nerves through the use of sound and light.”

Botborg have hosted live demonstrations of this nerve-racking phenomenon at many prestigious music, film, and media festivals throughout Europe, Australia, North America, and Japan, including residencies at the Ars Electronica Festival (Austria, 2007) and at the Art Institute of Chicago (USA, 2011). Botborg’s erratic sound-image eruptions are distributed by experimental cinema specialists Light Cone (Paris, France), as well as Australian label Half/theory.

Compiled by Oscar Capezio

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