The ElectroFunk Mixtape: ILLUMINUS Edition

Nettrice Gaskins

Inspired by the TR-808 Drum Machine, which created an entirely new platform for musicians in the 1980s, these artists will use sensors and music to create a multimedia spectacle in a concourse of Fenway Park. The Electrofunk Mixtape is the result of a collaboration between the STEAM Lab at the Boston Arts Academy (BAA), Boston-based sculptor Brian Browne, and the “Phil Spector of noise,” Hank Shocklee. Electronics, music, and video projection will be layered on 3D objects that will hang or be worn by performers. Visitors will witness -- and participate in -- a responsive and highly visible 3D art installation that will respond to music and movement and light.


Dr. Gaskins is director of the STEAM Lab at Boston Arts Academy (BAA), which is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. She earned her BFA from Pratt, an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994, and received a doctorate in Digital Media in 2014. Her work was featured in Illuminus 2014 and more recently at a free outdoor pop-up event for The PASEO in Taos, New Mexico.



Local artist, bike enthusiast, cosmetologist, and sacred geometrist Brian Browne creates sculptural works composed of flexible and rigid components arranged according to Buckminster Fuller’s idea of ‘tensegrity,’ which is a form of floating compression that produced exceptionally strong and beautiful structures. 


Hank Shocklee is one of the preeminent figures of the rap world. He has produced successful albums for Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Bell Biv Devoe, and EPMD, and has remixed albums for Peter Gabriel, Tricky, and Sinéad O'Connor. With these artists, Shocklee pioneered a new brand of production in hip-hop music with his noisy, layered style based on equal parts rap, punk, and rock.

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