Recombinant Media Labs

Partner Organization

Recombinant Media Labs (RML) was founded in 1991 by Naut Humon, and further evolved by technical directors Vance Galloway and Barry Threw, along with artists Edwin van der Heide, Egbert Mittelstadt, and Li Alin. Qualified support from Obscura Digital, UCSD, ICAS, Gray Area, and Goldsmith’s University, London, has expanded the base. It continues to research the qualities and artistic potential of spatial envelopment by means of Experiential Engineering; exploring processes that expand the aesthetic and technological boundaries of panoramic installations, surround cinema, and multichannel AV performances. Recombinant Media Labs emerged from a series of experiments that started over two decades ago with the Sound Traffic Control tower of televisions amidst hundreds of speaker arrays in Tokyo’s Ginza district. After a number of years of blending live vs. programmed events of symphonic scale and substance, RML and Asphodel, a bi-coastal independent record label, joined forces to occupy two fixed-location warehouses in the bay area in California to headquarter a performance-residency convergence center for developing their submersive, simulation style of re-cog-ignition.

After working several years within downtown San Francisco, a new organization with a focus on mobile setups was founded. This was done in order to formulate an answer to the increasing requests for international presentations at museums and festivals. Freed from the constraints of a geographically anchored construction, RML’s nomadic approach is also able to offer residency opportunities together with various other organizations in international cities. This vanguard hybrid media platform encompasses many presentational options to potential partners, (co)-producers and curators.

2016’s Recombinant Festival in SF featured RML’s signature 360 AV Spatial Cinema installation the CineChamber whose content from five and ten years ago was re-introduced in the Gray Area Grand Theater. For the Fall season this year be on the lookout for Recombinant’s  next edition featuring a cross section of new residencies, collaborations and expanded performance formats all in the pipeline. For those interested in staging or contributing new programs to RML’s surround staging & VR initiative please contact Naut Humon at naut@rml-cinechamber.org.