Part ritual, part science experiment and part multimedia performance, a show by the Greensboro collective Invisible is a unique experience. Drum machines are animated by the pulses of performers, pianos are played through typewriters, and gigantic spinning wheels interface with percussion outputs. Not always analogous to conventional musical instruments, Invisible's performing machines combine salvaged and cutting-edge components to be somehow both futuristic and anachronistic.
In a performance called The New Obsolete, the group investigates the limits and utility of the human body as a technology. Incorporating multi-channel video, The New Obsolete also debuts a hulking contraption that translates dripping water into music on multiple simultaneous instruments. Saturday's performance at the Morris Street storefront next to the Durham Arts Council building serves as a kickoff event for the evening's slate of screenings at the Strange Beauty Film Festival at Manbites Dog Theater. It's also the first of five chances to see Invisible in Durham throughout February. Come early for sidewalk shows and food trucks. —Chris Vitiello