MSHR is the art collective of Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy. Their work meshes digital sculpture, analog circuitry and ceremonial performance. The duo constructs and performs cybernetic compositions using synthesizers of their own design. For exhibitions, they install macro-arrangements of these sculptural instruments to create immersive light-sound-scapes. In their performances, they engage the systems through a series of unique interfaces. They also work with 3d modeling programs to design virtual reality spaces, embedded with generative computer music systems. MSHR's sculptural, musical and electronic work inform each other deeply, creating the meta-form that is their collaborative practice.

MSHR emerged from the art collective Oregon Painting Society in 2011 in Portland, Oregon. They are from the Pacific Northwest of the USA and have also lived in New York City. Currently they are in Porto, Portugal for a residency at Sonoscopia. MSHR is represented by Upfor.


AUX-AiR, Stockton-On-Tees, 2018.

HIAP, Helsinki, 2018.

LAGOS, Mexico City, 2018.

Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, 2016-2017.

Signal Culture, Owego, 2016.

Sonoscopia, Porto, 2014 and 2018.

Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, NYC, 2014.

Solo Exhibitions 

“Swamp Matrix,” Sorbus, Helsinki, 2018.

“Source Fold Compositor,” Double-Grass at Fenko Catalysis Chamber, Taipei, 2018.

“Solar Helix,” Fukugan Gallery, Osaka, 2018.

“Source Fold Compositor”, The Anderson, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, 2018.

“Times Square Midnight Moment,” Times Square, NYC, 2017.

“Knotted Gate Chant Cycle,” Open Space, Baltimore, 2017.

“Nested Transmuter Cycle,” Interstitial, Seattle, 2017.

“MSHR.” Washington State University, Pullman, 2017.

“Knotted Gate Chant Cycle,” Harvestworks, NYC, 2016

“Ceremonial Chamber,” Cell Projects, London, 2014.

“Ceremonial Chamber,” Two Queens, Leicester, 2014.

“Liquid Hand”, Upfor, Portland, OR, 2013.

“Liquid Vehicle Transmitter”, with Brenna Murphy, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2013.

“Brenna Murphy”, with MSHR, Kunstverein Dusseldorf, 2013.

“MSHR”, Yoga Center/Vita Rosen, Goteborg, 2013.

“Earthly Door”, Appendix Project Space, Portland, 2012.

"New World", Le Dictateur, Milan, 2011.

Group Exhibitions

“National Arts Festival,” “Source Fold Compositor - Module Braid,” Grahamstown, South Africa, 2018.

“MFA Late Night,” “Source Fold Compositor,” Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2018.

“Lagos Presenta P.A.P.I. + UV,” Lagos, Mexico City, 2018.

“Situations #90,” “Source Fold Compound Generator,” Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2017.

“Sonic Arcade” “Knotted Gate Presence Weave,” Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, 2017.

“Converge45,” “Drift Iteration Paths,” Littman Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2017.

“Hallucinations,”  Festival organized by Ben Russell at Documenta 14, Athens, 2017.

“The World is Sound,” The Rubin Museum, NYC, 2017.

“Past Skin,” “Integrated Scape Transducer,” MoMA PS1, NYC, 2017.

“Spring Break Art Show,” “Knotted Gate Chant Cycle,” NYC, 2017.

“Time Based Arts Festival,” “Resonant Glyph Modulator,” Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, 2014.

“Megarave,” “Resonant Hyper Symbol Modulator,” Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal, 2014.

“EXIT,” Maison des Artes Creteil, 2014.

“VIA,” Maubeuge, 2014.

“Transmediale,” Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2014.

“Everything Wants to Run”, Block 336, London, 2013.

“Binary Lore”, Three Walls, Chicago, 2013.

“Binary Lore”, PNCA, Portland, OR, 2012.

“Qualia Cerasite,” Eyebeam, NYC, 2012.

“Techne Rendered Dawn”, Disjecta, Portland, OR, 2012.

“These Peanuts are Bullets”, Family Business Gallery, NYC, 2012.

"baumarktmusik," qujOchÖ, Linz, 2011.

“Frieze Art Fair”, Lucky PDF booth, London, 2011.

Selected Performances

“Saturnalia Festival,” Macao, Milan, 2018.

“MSHR,” Presented by Double-Grass at Fenko Catalysis Chamber, Taipei, 2018.

“Slow Life Avante Garde,” DOMMUNE, Tokyo, 2018.

“MSHR in Tokyo,” Soup, Tokyo, 2018.

“MSHR,” Super Deluxe, Tokyo, 2018.

“Black + Fog Show,” CONPASS, Osaka, 2018.

“MSHR Japan tour,” Namba BEARS, Osaka, 2018.

“Sonic Anchor,” Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2018.

“KOTZKER volume 1. Sonidos y visuales en Oaxaca," La Locomotora, Oaxaca, 2018.

“P.A.P.I. presenta,” LAGOS, Mexico City, 2018.

“El Nicho,” Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, 2018.

“Spittle of the Moon”, MoMA PS1, NYC 2017.

“Moving Sounds,” Austrian Cultural Forum, Roulette, NYC, 2017.

“Sight and Sound,” Eastern Bloc, Montreal, 2017.

“Pop Rally” MOMA PS1, NYC, 2017.

“Hallucinations,” Documenta14, Athens, 2017.

“Veranda,” Sorbus Galleria, Helsinki, 2017.

“KIILAN ÄÄNIPÄIVÄT”, Kemiö Island, 2017.

“Rhizom,” Zurich, 2017.

“Sonic Acts Festival,” Amsterdam, 2017.

“Attention! We’ve Moved,” organized by Constance Hockaday and The Lab for UNTITLED, San Francisco, 2017.

“Ant Farm / LST inflatable,” Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, 2017

“LAMPO,” The Graham Foundation, Chicago, 2016.

“Art Book Fair,” MoMA PS1, NYC, 2016.

“Tetraphonics,” Pioneer Works, NYC, 2016.

“Tauba Auerbach’s Projective Instrument,” Paula Cooper Gallery, NYC, 2016.

“Ceremonial Chamber,” Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2014.

“Time Based Arts Festival”, The Works, Portland, 2013.

The Lab, San Francisco, 2013.

“Skver”, Mali Losinj, Croatia, 2013.

“Palazzo Peckham Opening”, Venice Biennale, Italy, 2013.

“Qualia Cerasite”, Eyebeam, NYC, 2012.

“Pro-Am”, Western Front, Vancouver BC, 2012.

“New World”, Le Dictateur, Milan Italy, 2011.

Selected Discography

“MSHR / The Tenses : Mental Formations with Juliette Amoroso and Jamie Potter,” CD, NEUREC, Osaka, 2018.

“Phased Trance Constructions,” Cassette, Unifactor, Cleveland, 2018.

“Emergent Knot Traces,” Cassette, Anathema Archive, 2017.

“MSHR & KDLR- Simulated Mortar Array,” Cassette, Pleasure Editions / MSHR Media, NYC, 2016.

“Resonant Hyperscape Modulator,” Cassette, MSHR Media, Portland, OR, 2015.

“Time Blade Ceremony,” Cassette, MSHR Media, Portland, OR, 2014.

“MSHR/The Tenses,” Cassette, Pigface Records, Portland, OR, 2013.

“Liquid Hand ~ Time Blade,” Cassette, MSHR Media, Portland, OR, 2013.

“Inward Conch~Upward Spiral,” Data disc with video game and album, MSHR Media, Portland, OR, 2012.

“Nesting Face,” Cassette, MSHR Media, Portland, OR, 2011.

“Inward Mountain/Nesting Door (New World),” Vinyl LP, Le Dictateur, 2011.

Selected Press

“MSHR hace escultura digital, circuitos analógicos y cibernética en vivo,” Hanna Quevedo, Vice, February 2018.

MSHR-Knotted Gate Chant Cycle,” Intercourse, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, 2017.

MSHR's Nested Transmuter Cycle Is Sacred Art for a Virtual Era,” Emily Pothast, The Stranger, Seattle, March 2017.

Interview- MSHR,” Fields Magazine, Issue 7, Fall 2016.

MSHR,” Perfect Wave Magazine, Vol. 4, Fall 2016.

MSHR,” Alt-Esc, 9/2016.

“Floating Noise and Drag Club Celebrates San Francisco's Lost Underground” Sarah Burke, Hyperallergic, Jan 19, 2017.

“Live Report: MSHR and Max Eilbacher @ Hollow Earth Radio” Emily Pothast, Decoder, Dec 2, 2015.

“MSHR Art & Muisc Collective Interview: Pathways In & Up,” Ian Paige, Redefine, Sept 19, 2014

“Binary Lore,” John Motley, Art Forum, Jan 2013.

"MSHR 'bio-tech',” Maurizio Catelan, Muse Magazine, Milan, Dec 2011.

"New World," Paola Manfrin, Vogue Italia, Milan, Oct 2011.