Artist Biography

0xf8 (zero-ex-ef-eight) is the creative collaboration of Jennifer McClain and Clint M. Sand (@synnack).

Jennifer and Clint began their creative collaboration in early 2007, originally to create installation-like environments to accompany live performances for Sand's audio work, which he releases under the name synnack. This early work focuses on exploring the boundary between abstract, evolving eye-candy and more traditional styles of film-like cinematography and narrative storytelling. Based on classical mythological themes combined with chance methodologies, custom footage is arranged and effected on the fly as the performance progresses. Recently, they have focused their collaborative work in the areas of video projection and multimedia installation, including programming custom applications to dynamically render visuals based on the audio of site-specific environments.

Born and raised in Buckhannon, West Virginia, Jennifer has written, directed, filmed, edited, and produced music videos for numerous bands, and frequently provides custom live visuals for nightclubs and electronic music festivals, both in the US and internationally. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2001 from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, where she also performed with the FreeStyle dance troupe between 1997 and 2000. Jennifer founded the angeldustrial dance performance group in 2000. Needing a new artistic outlet seven years after its inception, she originally began producing video in order to incorporate it into the angeldustrial stage performances. As a lifelong technophile and longtime choreographer, producing and editing video allowed her to combine both passions. The choreography of movement within frames and the technology behind video manipulation satisfies the geek in her as well as the dancer. Jennifer currently resides in the Boston area.

Clint is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and currently resides in Boston, MA. He began studying music in a formal sense at 8 years old with the study of melodic percussion, guitar, and bassoon. Feeling limited by traditional musical study, he focused his college study on abstract painting, sculpture, and mixed media work at the University of New Orleans, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1996. Clint has performed his music throughout the U.S. and Europe, and his work has been featured by Ableton, Inc. (See: artist feature: Electronic Polymath: http://www.ableton.com/clint-sand). He blogs about his artistic endeavors and experiences, runs the Force of Nature music label, and hosts the world's largest user community for one of his favorite audio/video tools on www.maxforlive.com. More on Clint can be found on his bio at synnack.com/about.

Example VJ Performances and Exhibits

  • January 2013: Moritzbastei (Leipzig, Germany) - an Audio/Visual Performance for Planet Myer Day 11
  • Sept 2012: Broadway Performance Hall (Seattle, WA) - Audio/Visual demo/Lecture during Decibel
  • April 2012: Church (Boston, MA) - Audio/Visual Performance during Together Festival
  • April 2012: Together Center (Boston, MA) - Max for Live/Jitter Demonstration/Lecture
  • April 2012: CVLT at Machine (Boston, MA) - Multi-room visual installation
  • Monthly, 2012: THUD at Au Tua Nua (Boston, MA) - live visual performance residency
  • 2012 : CVLT (Cambridge, MA) - VJ Battle
  • 2011: Refraktion (Philadelphia, PA) - an Audio/Visual Performance
  • 2011: THUD (Boston, MA) - an Audio/Visual Performance
  • 2011: SIN-O-MATIC at Machine (Boston, MA) - live video visual installation
  • 2011: CVLT (Cambridge, MA) - live video visual installation
  • 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008: Bloodfeast (Boston, MA) - Dance performance with video
  • 2008, 2010: Festival Kinetik (Montreal, Canada) - an Audio/Visual Performance
  • 2009, 2010: Ordnance (Boston, MA) - live video visual installation
  • October 2010: init.system (DVD) - Cinematic video anthology
  • 2010: Planet Meyer Day 8 (Leipzig, Germany) - an Audio/Visual Performance
  • 2010: Slimelight (London, UK) - an Audio/Visual Performance
  • 2010: Together Electronic Music Festival (Boston, MA) - panelist at Visual Immersion
  • (All synnack performances)

Product Experience/Skills

Between McClain and Sand, the collaboration primarily leverages the following: Panasonic AG-HVX200 and Panasonic AG-HMC80p cameras, custom Cycling74 Max/MSP/Jitter applications, Resolume Arena, Quartz Composer, Ableton Live/Max for Live, Red Giant Trapcode Particular, Adobe CS Suite (After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop), BorisFX and GenArts Sapphire Effects, the Processing programming language, Native Instruments Komplete, various circuit bent devices, lighting rigs, custom stabilizers, ring lights, Flip cameras, iPhones, and iPads.