Steven McInerney
Steven McInerney (b. Melbourne, 1983) is an artist living in London. He combines film, digital projection, and sound to create experimental films, live audiovisual performances, and installations. McInerney's work draws upon dichotomous energies, meditating between the sacred and profane. His cinematic work explores psychospiritual tropes and altered perception, often blurring the lines between science and fiction. His live performances utilize multi-channel projection and real-time feedback systems to exploit the audience's awareness of time within the moving image. McInerney is the founder of Psyché Tropes, a film company, and label exploring the synesthetic intersections between sound and its visual counterpart. He performs and releases as Merkaba Macabre, while other collaborative projects include IOME, Post Coma, and Flying Disks.
Since 2009, McInerney's work has been exhibited at the British Film Institute, ICA, Curzon, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón, Punto y Raya, Fabra I Coats, Llum BCN, Fiber Festival, Fest Anča International Animation Festival, Mostra Internacional de Cinema Etnográfico, Proceso de Error, ULTRAcinema Mexico, Analogica, A.P.T Gallery, Dutch Design Week, Rebellious Bodies, Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, Family Film Project, Aguilar International Film Festival, Cork French Film Festival, Sines and Squares, Portico Gallery, Bideodromo Experimental Film and Video Festival, London Short Film Festival, Flatpack Film Festival, East End Film Festival, Supernormal, Project DIVFUSE, Cafe OTO, and KLECTIK. His films have received international recognition with awards, and he has received funding and support from Arts Council England, Lux Moving Image, Film London, and the British Film Council. He co-founded and directed the Hackney Film Festival from 2010 to 2012, has been featured on BBC Radio, Ina GRM France Musique, and hosts a monthly radio program on Resonance 104.4fm. Reviews in print and online include Wire Magazine, Wallpaper, Elephant, Ableton, and Electronic Sound.
Bodies of Light ensue from Darkness
16mm film, Live performance, 20m

'Bodies of Light ensue from Darkness' is an expanded 16mm film and audiovisual performance inspired by the profound insights of Yoshito Ohno. The film is an interpretation of the morphic states of Butoh, born out of the chaotic post-war climate of Japan, radiating from monochromatic intensity to multihued abstraction. Howlround and Merkaba Macabre will perform a live soundtrack that resonates with the haunting soundscapes of early 1960s Butoh.

A film by Steven McInerney
Original soundtrack by Howlround & Merkaba Macabre

Screening, Live Performance
Rebelious Bodies. International Butoh Dance Festival. IKLECTIK, London. 2 Nov, 2023. (UK)

Tickets available via DICE

Live AV performance, 30m

A live audiovisual work in collaboration with Pascal Savy and Howlround at the BONE x IKLECTIK Festival which premiered on the 14th of July at Fabra I Coats in Barcelona. This performance incorporates live manipulated video, mythical noise and analogue tape loops, intimately woven together to form a haunting and hallucinatory narrative that is both delicate and extreme with rich codices embedded throughout.

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Live Performance
Fabra I Coats, Barcelona. 14 July, 2023. (Spain)

Simulated Diegesis
Installation, Durational

Simulated Diegesis is a site-specific installation that was created for the ‘Rising to Float’ exhibition at Greatorex Street gallery in London. The installation consisted of seven independent audio channels and light projection that spanned a 40-meter-long corridor. The piece was designed to explore the theme of transient spaces whereby synthetic and pre-recorded sounds from the site were concealed with hidden speakers to playfully interact with visitors as they moved through the space.

The concept was to challenge the public’s perception by creating a simulated diegetic experience for each visitor. Diegesis refers to the narrative elements of a film that are presented to the audience, such as sounds made by the characters or from the natural environment around them. A simulation of these elements created an artificial diegetic experience by design, blending seamlessly with the natural sounds of the space to create a disorienting, immersive experience.

Installation by Steven McInerney

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12-14 May, 2023. Greatorex Street Gallery, London (UK)

Project DIVFUSE Three-day Residency
Installation, Live AV performance, 30m

Merkaba Macabre presents a new audiovisual project that explores color-to-sound synthesis for a three-day residency at Project DIVFUSE. Building upon the artist’s previous research in analogue light-based composition, Merkaba Macabre investigates this field in a purely digital process as an installation and live performance, resulting in a triptych audiovisual expanse.

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Installation by Steven McInerney
Performed as Merkaba Macabre
Copyright 2023. All Rights Reserved

24 March 2023, Friday 6-8:30pm: Merkaba Macabre [live] + xname [DJ]
25 March 2023, Saturday 6-8:30pm: Merkaba Macabre [live] + Faery [DJ]
26 March 2023 ,Sunday 3-7pm: Merkaba Macabre w/ Billy Pleasant [live] + Eight Fold Way [DJ]

Tape Letters from the Waiting Room
4K DCP, 18m

An existential drama exploring the universal themes of death and rebirth. Tape Letters from the Waiting Room is an experiment in film archaeology and magnetic memory as it navigates past life experiences. Shifting in succession from the mundane to the metaphysical, the film is composed of extant 16mm found footage from the past century. An original soundtrack by Mark Vernon encompasses a rich collection of domestic tape recordings; audio letters, dictated notes, found sounds and other lost voices.

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A film by Steven McInerney
Original soundtrack by Mark Vernon
Copyright 2020. All Rights Reserved.

Honourable Film Mention
Family Film Project #9 (In Competition, Portugal) October 15, 2020

Official Selection, In Competition, Live in Concert
Analogica 12 (Official Selection, Italy) November 10, 2022
Roodkapje (Live in Concert. Rotterdam, The Netherlands) September 10, 2022
Barboncino (Live in Concert. Hamburg, Germany) September 9, 2022
Arkaoda (Live in Concert. Berlin, Germany) September 8, 2022
Entr’acte lable night, Cafe Central, (Live in Concert, Belgium) August 18, 2022
The Old Haridresser’s, (Live in Concert, Glasgow) April 23, 2022
IKLECTIK Art Lab (Live in Concert, UK) January 21, 2022
Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival (In Competition, Turkey) November 2021
MICE - 16ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema Etnográfico (Official Selection, Spain) April 10, 2021
9th International Video Poetry Festival (Official Selection, Greece) June 6, 2021
ULTRAcinema 20 (Official Selection, Mexico) Novemeber 17, 2020
Proceso de Error 2020 (In Competition, Chile) October, 2020