For an hour on Thursday night, a pair of musical mad scientists held court in the Ackland Art Museum.
Amidst a pile of old television monitors, keyboards and wires twisted together on the gallery floor, the alternative music group Invisible brought a decidedly modern flair to the classic art displays in the museum.
Invisible gave a 45-minute performance as part of the ongoing Think Thursday series at the Ackland.
Members Mark Dixon and Bart Trotman combined absurdist poetry, short video clips and musical sounds created from found objects to craft a low-key trance show in the University’s art museum.
“It’s dance music for your brain,” Trotman said.
The group’s name comes from its unique musical style.
“It was hell to name it,” Dixon said. “When you’re in between genres, there’s an invisibility to that,” Dixon said.
Invisible’s set, “Rhythm 1001,” continues this week’s Signal Festival, a celebration of electronic music in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
The festival founder, Uzoma Nwosu, approached the Ackland to bring the outlandish group to the museum performance space when Invisible joined the festival, Ackland events and programs coordinator Allison Portnow said.