Emptyset is a Bristol based production project formed in 2005 by James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas. Working across performance, installation and the moving image the project examines the physical properties of sound, through electromagnetism, architecture and process based image making. Their work considers the legacy of analogue media reflecting upon structural/materialist art production and the perceptual boundaries between noise and music. (Homepage)
The video for ‘Collapse’ matches the sequence of process and distortions within the audio, by affecting footage through a series of analogue junctions. As a means of synchronising sound and image an electromagnetic coil was used, which when triggered by the audio outputted from a power amp created corresponding visual distortions. This resulted in the audio directly driving and shaping the signal itself. A cube was used as a structure that could be collapsed throughout the video, shifting from solidity to a series of disparate distorted planes, still locked to the sound but no longer contained in their original state.(Video description on vimeo)
They are performing in Hamburg on December 4th at Körber Forum.
Interview about ‘Collapsed’ from 2012 @ The Quietus
Inteview @factmag from 2013