Per Capita

Instant Places [CA]

Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse create interactive audiovisual performances and generative installation works for galleries and online platforms. They use constantly-evolving hardware/software systems that integrate physical and virtual image and sound sources, touch-sensitive interfaces, and algorithmic responses from handmade software instruments.

Their Instant Places collaboration has been a central focus for over 20 years: since 1997 they have realized performances, installations, and telematic works on location across the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Most recently they presented Breathing Room at the Thames Art Gallery (Ontario), an immersive audiovisual space that was generated in real-time for the main gallery March—May 2019, with an online iteration that generates audiovisual compositions in perpetuity at <instantplaces.ca/Breathing-Room/>. See video documents here: <instantplaces.ca/InstantPlaces-VideoDocuments-2/>, archive files from 2000—2010 here:<instantplaces.ca/projects/10/archives_10.html>.