D-Fuse are a London-based artist collective who work across a range of media. Founded in the mid-1990s by Michael Faulkner, D-Fuse’s output encompasses installations, film, experimental documentary, photography, live cinema performances and architectural projects. Beginning in graphic and web design and VJing, D-Fuse’s work has evolved to address social and environmental themes and explore collaborative processes. Besides work with groundbreaking musicians from a wide range of genres including Steve Reich, Beck, Hauschka, Scanner and Swayzak, much of D-Fuse’s output since 2004 includes sound and music by audio director Matthias Kispert. Their work has been shown internationally, including SFMOMA, WRO Festival [Wroclaw], Prix Ars Electronica [Linz], Sonar [Barcelona], onedotzero Festivals, Eyebeam and TriBeCa Film Festival [NYC], MU and STRP Festival [Eindhoven], Lisbon and Valencia Bienniale, Moscow Architectural Biennale, and many others. The D-Fuse-edited book VJ: Audiovisual Art and VJ Culture was published by Laurence King in 2007.
D-Fuse’s live cinema performance Latitude [31°10N/121°28E] is inspired by the notion of drifting through the city – a journey through the land and soundscapes of China, following the emotive and sublime qualities of spaces that surround us. As a survey of the city as unstable terrain, Latitude combines fragments of conversations, crowds, journeys, lights, deserted space and architectural forms, tracing a multitude of paths, identities and experiences in the urban realm. The music for this performance has been composed by D-Fuse’s musical director Matthias Kispert, making extensive use of real-world urban sounds and electromagnetic interference from technology in public space, recorded at the locations visited.
During a 3 month research period in China, D-Fuse explored the rapidly changing urban environments of Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing together with local artists. These journeys have been documented utilising a wide range of audio and visual techniques, and the materials drawn from this form the basis for this performance.