Elle Mehrmand is a performance/new media artist and musician who uses the body, electronics, video, sound and installation within her work. She is the singer and trombone player of Assembly of Mazes, a music collective who creates dark, electronic, "middle eastern", rhythmic jazz rock. Elle is currently an MFA candidate at UCSD and received her BFA in art photography with a minor in music at CSULB. She has received grants from UCIRA, the Russell Foundation and Fine Arts Affiliates. Elle is a researcher at CRCA at UCSD and is a member of the electronic disturbance theatre 2.0/ b.a.n.g. lab. Her performances have been shown in Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Durham, Tijuana, Montreal, Dublin, Istanbul and Bogota. Her work has been discussed in Artforum, Art21, the LA Times, WIRED, Juxtapoz, VICE, Networked Performance, Reno News and Review, the LA Weekly, the OC weekly, and Furtherfield.org.
Mehrmand has been working in collaboration with Micha Cardenas on virus.circus, an episodic series of non-linear narrative performances. The performances explore futures of queer cyborg erotics amidst a speculative world of virus hysteria. It focuses on the questions of virus politics, latex sexuality, using the body as an instrument and the subversion of the traditionally militarized space of technology. Mehrmand and Cardenas create DIY wearable electronics using soft sensors and Arduino to create visual/aural environments using live audio processed through PureData to bridge the physical space and the virtual space of Second Life. Over the last year there have been four episodes: virus.circus.0, virus.circus.touch, virus.circus.breath and virus.circus.probe.