'The Four Tet Live Shows' are the culmination of a large-scale practice-based research collaboration under the collective umbrella of Squidoup. This ongoing iterative research process of over 4 years is part of a larger ongoing critical collaboration with Rowe and Birtles of over 8 years, using an action-research methodology to continuously create and test various hypotheses and strategies for the affective qualities of mixed reality environments (i.e. spaces that incorporate physical and digital content in combined, collective socio-technological experiences).
The output extends Bennewith's previous research through the development of a time-bound, immersive, performative, controllable environment. Previous research focused on the development of interactive, autonomous, visualisation systems that had not required intervention from the artist.
Bennewith's contribution to the collaborative research process was to devise the "visual language" for the system to elicit desired responses from an audience and to choreograph the visual language in response to Four Tet's live audio performance. The visual language was developed through a series of interventions, observations and insights at each of the Four Tet performances in order to hone its effectiveness and maximise the synesthetic experience for the audience.
The research resulted in the development of a new software tool to control existing hardware (output from previous research) and a new visual language for the system. This new and novel performative "VJ" tool allowed the conception of unique audience experiences, and an aesthetic advancement of "live" lighting for music events (The leading industry magazine in the field described the output as the "best live show in the world").
The output has been disseminated through a number of national and international performances in collaboration with UK electronic artist Four Tet and additionally utilised by US electronic pop band, Purity Ring, for their world tour.