Technical Earth is a collaboration between artists Mo H. Zareei and Jim Murphy. The project began as a drive to produce audiovisual artworks, with a focus on kineticism and the beauty in the basics of sound and light production. Technical Earth plays into the artists’ interests in reductionist audiovisual elements that draw inspiration from physical, engineering, and design principles.
Zareei (from Tehran) and Murphy (from New Mexico) both have educational backgrounds in the sciences (physics and geology). They both studied Music Technology at California Institute of the Arts, and are now based in Wellington, New Zealand. In Wellington, they are lecturer/researchers at Victoria University of Wellington, having completed their PhD studies in the Sonic Arts and Engineering program. Through Technical Earth, they continue to develop new works that bring together stripped-down audio, video, and mechanical components into new inter-media collisions.