Martin Howse

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Martin Howse is occupied with an investigation of the links between the earth (geological and geophysical phenomena), software and the a/human psyche (psychogeophysics) through the construction of experimental situations (performance, laboratories, walks, and workshops), material art works, instruments, fictions, texts and software.

From 1998 to 2005 Howse was director of ap, a software performance group working with electronic waste, pioneering an early approach to digital glitch. From 2007 to 2009 they hosted a regular workshop, micro-residency and salon series in Berlin. Howse has worked and collaborated on acclaimed projects and practices such as The Crystal World, Psychogeophysics, Earthboot, Sketches towards an Earth Computer, Dissolutions and Shift Register. For the last ten years Howse has initiated numerous open-laboratory style projects and performed, published, lectured and exhibited worldwide. They have shown works at venues including Transmediale Berlin, Jeu de Paume Paris, ICA London, TEA Tenerife, Taipei Fine Arts Museum and the Pharmacy Museum Basel. Their projects have featured in publications such as The Wire, Handmade Electronic Music, A Geology of Media, and The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education.

Howse is currently collaborating on several film projects based around the extensive uranium mines and radon spa locations of Joachimsthal, Czech Republic. They are equally the creator of the ongoing ERD modular synthesizer series and founder of the Tiny Mining community. (2022)

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