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Pierce Warnecke & Matthew Biederman

present Somnifacient Signals

Working both in sound and video, Pierce Warnecke & Matthew Biederman have been releasing music and creating performances and installations for over a decade. At Rewire 2021, the two artists are collaborating on 'Somnifacient Signals', an urgent audiovisual work exploring the possibility of connecting with the audience at the time of heightened physical restrictions. The duo conceived 'Somnifacient Signals' during the first COVID-19 lockdown, responding to their lack of mobility by gathering material in real time from webcams situated across the world. The performance focuses on transformation of these common prosaic sources using noise, moshing, feedback, extensive compositing / overlaying, saturation and glitch to transform the bland material into an intense take on experiencing a mediated world and connecting via the internet. The promise of the internet as a place to connect is flooded with ads, glitches and trolls combing to make the internet not a undemocratic utopia, but instead a place fraught with dangers, misinformation and poor connections.