Brenna Murphy

Birch Cooper


MSHR is the art collective of Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy. Our work meshes digital sculpture, analog circuitry and ceremonial performance. We construct and perform cybernetic compositions using synthesizers of our own design. For exhibitions, we install macro-arrangements of these sculptural instruments to create immersive light-sound-scapes. In our performances, we engage the systems through a series of unique interfaces. We 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 our collaborative practice.

MSHR emerged from the art collective Oregon Painting Society in 2011. We were artists in residence at Sonoscopia, 2014; Eyebeam, 2014; Pioneer Works, 2016; Signal Culture, 2016. We are represented by Upfor.


Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, 2016-2017.

Signal Culture, Owego, 2016.

Sonoscopia, Porto, 2014.

Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, NYC, 2014.

Solo Exhibitions

“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”, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2013.

“Brenna Murphy”, Kunstverein Dusseldorf, 2013.

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

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

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

Group Exhibitions

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

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

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

“Hallucinations,” Documenta 14, Athens, 2017.

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

“Past Skin,” “Integrated Scape Transducer,” MOMA PS1, 2017.

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

“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, Austria, 2011.

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

Selected Performances

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

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

“TBA”, The Works, Portland, 2013.

The Lab, San Francisco, 2013.

“Skver”, Mali Losinj, Serbia, 2013.

“Pallazo Peckham Opening”, Venice Bienalle, Italy, 2013.

“Qualia Cerasite”, Eyebeam, NYC, 2012.

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

Selected Discography

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

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

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

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

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

“Inward Mountian/Nesting Door (New World),” Vinyl LP, Le Dictateur, Milan Italy.

Selected Press

MSHR-Knotted Gate Chant Cycle,” Intercourse, Pioneer Works, 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 Fransico’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.