In December 2011, Mobile Performance Group was invited to perform in the Wynwood district of Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach. The event was hosted by Juraj Kojs as part of the 12 Nights Electronic Music and Art series at the Harold Golen Gallery.
In preparation for this performance, MPG decided to split into two audio-visual teams and develop distinct ideas with parallel aesthetics. The first group, Team 1UP, focused on creating audio-visual pieces that each explored particular found objects, which for this performance meant a spray paint can and a water bottle. Sounds from these objects were sampled in advance and used as a percussion kit driven by an sequencer. These objects were used during the performance to create sounds that were looped live along with the pre-recorded sounds. The objects were shared with our visual performers, who used a camera and battery-powered light to explore the different shapes and contours of these objects via real-time video processing. This video performance was integrated with images of graffiti collected around the Miami Wynwood district earlier that day.
The second group, Team Dose, focused on performing only with material collected from the location of the performance. They collected sound samples and video footage from the Wynwood district and South Beach. Their two pieces evoked contrasting moods: a more percussive, upbeat piece and an ambient piece. Music was created by manipulating and improvising with the sound samples collected throughout the day. The visual performer selected and manipulated clips from among the video footage, focusing on images of traffic and cityscapes. In addition, information from the audio performers was used to drive elements of the visual processing, making it more responsive to the music. Although the results from Team Dose contrasted greatly with the results of Team 1UP, both groups successfully pushed the MPG aesthetic in new and exciting directions.
After setting up our equipment, we performed an hour-long set outside the Harold Golen Gallery. MPG then moved to another location several blocks up the street and put in one more set. Overall, it was a successful trip and MPG hopes to see Miami again in 2012.