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January 16 – 27, 2007
Ian Birse, Laura Kavanaugh
Performance: 8pm Saturday, January 20, 2007


Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse are audio/video performers and installation artists who have realized location-specific projects across Canada, Europe, and Australia. Part of this work involves custom software for sound and image transformation they build using the MAX/Jitter programming environment. Laura and Ian will be in residence at Neutral Ground, sponsored by Soil Digital Media Suite, where viewers can engage the artists through their set-up process, from January 16th to 20th. More information on Ian and Laura’s work may be found on their website:

Art’s Birthday
Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse will be broadcasting CHOWDOWN, a live sound piece at on Wednesday January 17 from 1 – 3 pm.
Other events take place all day; please see


Intensive workshop: MAX/MSP with Ian Birse, Laura Kavanaugh

JANUARY 23 – 27, 2007, 2 – 8 PM

Student Performance: 8 PM, Saturday, January 27



This workshop is aimed at visual artists, musicians, spoken word artists, film/video makers, dancer/choreographers anyone interested in exploring realtime transformation of sounds, images, and movement for performance or installation work, or as a way to generate material for audio/video compositions. The workshop is open to skill levels from beginner to advanced.

MAX is software that allows the user to make custom tools for sound and image manipulation. These tools or patches run in real time on laptops (Mac or Windows), and are suited to live performances and installation works in which audio and video events are generated in real time. MAX/MSP (for audio) and its companion Jitter (video) supply LEGO-like boxes that control sections of a patch. The user connects these boxes or objects to create a software tool built for a specific transformation task.

The workshop focuses on hands-on experience with generating audio and video in real time. Participants will work independently or in small groups and can schedule individual work with Laura and Ian. The topics covered will be tailored to the needs of participants over a flexible schedule to be arranged at the first meeting January 23. Laura and Ian will be available to the workshop from 2 to 8PM January 23 through 27.

You can bring in your own audio and image content and/or performance ideas. Participants without material are also welcome if desired the process of recording audio and video and editing digital files will be covered.

Possibilities for your process include adding realtime sound and image creation to an existing performance work, developing a new performance or installation during the workshop, generating audio and video material for inclusion in a sound or video piece, and experimenting with improvising sound and images as a way to create a performance work.You can also participate as an observer to learn what is possible with interactive software.

At the end of the workshop you will have a MAX patch for realtime sound and image transformationalso new knowledge, new buddies, possible new partners, and something for your c.v. If you wish to create a new work you can document it for your portfolio.