Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia Spotlight: BrainTwins

BrainTwinsMeet Jessica Dunn and Justin Shimp, a collaborative art duo called BrainTwins. Together, they combine their explorations in analog and digital media to create experimental multimedia installations utilizing sound, animation, projection and sculpture.

Dunn, aka Sesseka, has a visual arts background in painting and sculpture and likes to do a lot of the art direction and work in analog media. Shimp has a background in video production, programming and audio. The duo met in 2011 and began collaborating, first by simply doodling together and slipping personalized notes in orders shipping out at Joyful Noise Recordings. From then on, they have found there are limitless ways to collaborate and evolve their creative process.

BrainTwins capture the essence of Synesthesia in their work by setting no limits on the types of media used in their projects, crossing over between animation, sculpture, sound and anything else they can get their hands on. You could consider these two “platform agnostics” discovering samples of the world around them, combining those samples, remixing, layering, editing…their creative process taking twists and turns all along the way.

Where do you find the inspiration for your project? Synesthesia is a phenomenon we both experience and is ongoing inspiration for our work along with other psychological and perceptual phenomena/illusions. Our work is a response and homage to sensory overload and how it transports our psyche into new, abstract spaces. We hope to provide gateways for viewers to step outside of their own preconceived constructs of the physical world and explore the hard to define territory deep in the unconscious mind.

Where can we find your works? In the past, we have shown some BrainTwins pieces at Installation Nation, Primary Colours, Tanjerine, and events with Big Car and General Public Collective. Music is a huge part of our lives so we do a lot of work with Musical Family Tree, record labels, and bands; making music videos, designing album covers, apparel, stage design, live projections, etc. A good place to check out our work is on our website where you can take a look at both commercial work and experimental stuff we’ve been doing lately.

Is this your full-time job? BrainTwins is our full time job and we have a studio space within a video production house. We balance design projects, animation work, story boarding, murals and other client work with the more experimental stuff. Our studio mainly consists of computers, Wacom tablets, samplers, programs, various instruments/art supplies and a somewhat organized file cabinet filled with thousands of drawings/frames of animation.

What are your future goals for your art/music? Our main goal is to continue to sustain our art projects and collaborate with even more artists. We have some concepts in the works that we’d like to see pan out in the near future such as a TV show, a video game and the creation of a larger studio/gallery space where we can create more environments and interactive films.

What are you most excited about for Synesthesia? Each of the participating artists in Synesthesia are so different, so it will be cool to see the various interpretations manifest in different sounds/forms throughout the night. Come check us out and hallucinate! You will see a lot…sometimes you won’t know what you’re looking at but you might feel a sensation that’s oddly specific.

Don’t miss BrainTwins at The Speak Easy for Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia on November 21!