Steven McInerney (b. Melbourne, 1983) is a multimedia artist, performer and curator living in London. He runs Psyché Tropes, a label dedicated to exploring the synaesthetic intersections between sound and its visual counterpart.
Visually he creates recherché, abstract-narrative works using in-camera and camera-less techniques, exploring psychospiritual states and altered perception. Often blurring the lines between science and fiction his work has been described ”..as if our primordial, survival-based emotions had been transferred into the external environment..”
– The Wire Magazine
His film 2017 film A Creak In Time received critical international acclaim. In 2019 it won the First Experiment Award at the Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival and the Alteraciones (Jury Prize) Award at the 30th Aguilar International Film Festival in Spain. Official selections include International Film Festival Rotterdam, Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, Gijón International Film Festival among others. The film has screened in concert with a live reel-to-reel soundtrack by Howlround at Flatpack Film Festival, Splice Festival and East End Film Festival. ”As a rumination on both the firmament and the infinitesimal, A Creak in Time is timeless and singular: a cinematic triumph of style and substance.” – Wallpaper Magazine
McInerney’s live audiovisual project Merkaba Macabre draws inspiration from dichotic energies, meditating between the sacred and the profane. His live audiovisual 16mm performance Decomposition has been presented at the NOVARS curated Sines & Squares and Fest Anča International Animation Festival (Slovakia) among others. An extract of his live performance at Sonic Dreams Festival (Ireland) was featured on ina GRM’s L’Expérimentale radio show on France Musique.
McInerney collaborates with partner Janine A’Bear. Both trained as gong practitioners under Sheila Whittaker, they hold group and individual sonic mediations and also perform in the eco-political group Pranic Attack.