Benoît Maubrey

Audio Ballerinas and Electronic Guys

Abstract:
The Audio Gruppe creates mobile and multi-acoustic sculptures in public spaces. Benoît Maubrey is the director of DIE AUDIO GRUPPE a Berlin-based art group that build and perform with electronic clothes (past examples: AUDIO BALLERINAS, AUDIO GEISHAS, AUDIO STEELWORKERS, BONG BOYS, AUDIO PEACOCKS…). Basically these are electro-acoustic clothes and dresses that make sounds by interacting with their environment. They use — among other electronic instruments– light sensors that enable them to produce sounds through the interaction of their movements and the surrounding light (PEEPER choreography). Via movement sensors they can also trigger electronic sounds that are subsequently choreographed –or \\\”orchestrated\\\”– into musical compositions as an \\\”audio ballet \\\” (YAMAHA choreography). A variety of other electronic instruments (mini-computers, samplers, contact microphones, cassette and CD players, and radio receivers) allow them to work with the sounds, surfaces, and topographies of the space around them in a variety of solo or group choreographies. Rechargeable batteries allow them to operate both in- and outdoors. DIE AUDIO GRUPPE\\\’s work is essentially site-specific. Often the electronics is adapted into entirely new \\\”Audio Uniforms\\\” or \\\”sonic costumes\\\” that reflect local customs , themes, or traditions (AUDIO GEISHA/Japan, AUDIO CYCLISTS/France, AUDIO HANBOK/Korea).

Biography:
Benoît Maubrey / DIE AUDIO GRUPPE — born in 1952 in Washington, DC. — 1975 Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University — lives in the Berlin area since 1980. — since 1985, Benoit\\\’s performances at international festivals and conferences, such as ARS ELECTRONICA, (Linz, Austria), ISEA (Chicago, Sydney, Helsinki), Intercommuunication Center NTT- ICC (Tokyo), and various events in Berlin.Benoît Maubrey / DIE AUDIO GRUPPE — born in 1952 in Washington, DC. — 1975 Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University — lives in the Berlin area since 1980. — since 1985, Benoit\\\’s performances at international festivals and conferences, such as ARS ELECTRONICA, (Linz, Austria), ISEA (Chicago, Sydney, Helsinki), Intercommuunication Center NTT- ICC (Tokyo), and various events in Berlin.