Over the last two months CAN has drawn attention to many of the integrated AV performance projects featured at MUTEK 2012. This has taken some time as there was no shortage of material to choose from. Occupying quite a prominent place within this year's MUTEK programming was the CineChamber, an intimate, "live cinema performance environment" featuring surround sound and panoramic projection surfaces. Originally developed as a state of the art theatre in the San Francisco headquarters of Recombinant Media Labs, in recent years the CineChamber has operated as a nomadic venue, popping up at recent editions of the Club Transmediale and Cynetart festivals. Drawing on a decade of archived work that has either been developed for or adapted to be played within the space, Recombinant Media Labs has cultivated a deep catalogue of experimental media by artists like Ryoichi Kurokawa, Semiconductor and Francisco Lopez. At MUTEK the CineChamber featured a rotation of five hour long 'modules' of programmed content as well as live performances by Biosphere, Robin Fox and Artificiel. CineChamber artistic director Naut Humon has graced CAN with the following extended interview wherein he details his extensive history in fusing sound with moving image and reveals much of the backstory behind the CineChamber.
At MUTEK you introduced the CineChamber with a slideshow documenting approximately three decades of experimental event production. Can you provide some information on the origins of Recombinant Media Labs and identify some of the threads that have run throughout the history of the project?