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It gives me great pleasure to announce we will be radio sponsors for Alpha-ville 2010, a two day international festival of digital arts & culture…
Alpha-ville, London’s new organisation dedicated to digital arts and culture, today announced its annual festival: Alpha-ville 2010, introducing the theme – Visionary Cities (17-18 September 2010). The Festival, in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery and Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, will fill two days with groundbreaking live music and visual performances including advanced electronic music, live cinema, interactive media installations, 3D visual performances, a moving image competition and a screening programme.
In its second year, Alpha-ville presents a strong curatorial programme focusing on increasing the exposure of quality digital arts within an interdisciplinary context. Under the theme ‘Visionary Cities’, Alpha-ville 2010 aims to break the boundaries of traditional disciplines, fostering new collaborations that use innovation and creativity to develop unique experiences.
Highlights of the programme include a rare live appearance by IDM pioneer Bola (aka Darrell Fitton), a special live set by internationally recognised electronic sound artist Scanner, an exquisite portrait of contemporary and up and coming electronic music artists such us modern classical duo the Boats and hyperdub’s talent Subeena. The Festival will also showcase ‘live cinema’ performances – the latest trend in audio-visual art – including a 3D commission by Alpha-ville that brings together Pixel, a pioneer electronic music composer from the German label Raster Noton and Graphset, Alpha-ville’s visual creator.
Carmen Salas, creative director of Alpha-ville said: “Alpha-ville 2010 invites the public to see the city and society of tomorrow through the eyes of pioneering digital artists who have made use of the latest technology to explore social, emotional and environmental issues. Our cities are continuously developing, growing and interconnecting, controlled by the demands of the 21st century metropolis. New technologies are transforming human relations and the built environment and there are increasing concerns for the future of urban spaces and society. The 2010 festival will provide a space for reflection on this theme.”
In close collaboration with the pioneer contemporary institution the Whitechapel Gallery, the Festival brings together two east London venues, taking digital art to the core of contemporary art to create a dialogue between a leading cultural institution and Rich Mix, its neighbouring up-and-coming arts centre. Alpha-ville Festival will create a virtual itinerary for the public by using the latest social media applications, such as Foursquare. (http://www.foursquare.com).
Rebecca Page, curator of Late Nights at the Whitechapel Gallery said: “As part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s Late Nights programme, that aims to provide a platform for emerging talent, we also recognise the need to promote areas of the performing arts that can be neglected by other art institutions. Digital Arts is one such genre, and we are really proud to be working with Alpha-ville on this project to create a moment for an international selection of leading digital artists to be seen and heard.”
Mark Amerika, artist and pioneer in New Media Art, named a “Time Magazine 100 Innovator” said: “The passion of a cultural underground is alive and well in live audiovisual festivals such as Cimatics in Brussels and Sonar in Barcelona. Now London has a digital art and performance festival that it can proudly call its own. This festival is Alpha-ville — a Central Collaboration Zone for the next generation of digital artists to converge.”
About the project:
The Alpha-ville organisation was set up in 2009 in response to a gap in the London’s cultural scene for innovative events that promote and support the development of high quality digital arts and culture. The annual festival is a new pioneer platform for creativity, inspiration and forward thinking, acting as a center stage for important trends and new visions within digital arts, design and culture. The festival offers a unique opportunity for artists to create, collaborate and growth through the conception of new projects in an international and enriching environment. It also provides excellent networking opportunities for professionals, artists, students, creative business and “followers” of the digital culture.
DAY 1: Alpha-ville 2010 takes over 5 rooms at the Whitechapel Gallery presenting a rare opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary mixture of multidisciplinary events including live electronic music, a selection of cutting edge digital media screenings alongside interactive media installations and 3D audio-visual performances.
Bartlett’s Unit 15 Showcase: Talk & Screening
Showcase of work by the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) final year students curated and presented by Nic Clear – course Director. Unit 15 is a postgraduate design unit that specialises in the use of film, CGI, animation and motion graphics to explore and investigate new forms of architecture.
Moving Image Competition – “Visionary Cities”
Alpha-ville Festival presents an online driven competition in partnership with video leading site Vimeo. Alpha-ville wants to initiate a discourse about the city and society of tomorrow and invite digital artists to present and share their vision of the future city. “Visionary cities” is an international competition open to artists working across digital animation (2D and 3D), short film, stop-frame animation, CGI and motion graphics.
Alpha-ville Screening Programme
Alpha-ville presents a stunning curated compilation of screenings, featuring groundbreaking talents from across digital formats. Among these include:
Seide, Tränensalz, 2009, Germany.
Kaamos Trilogy, Mia Makela, 2008, Finland.
Occupation: Movement I, Eric Schockmel, 2009, United Kingdom.
The Formula, SubBlue, 2010, United Kingdom.
Recursion, Maxim Zhestkov, 2010, Russia.
Augmented Sculpture, Grosse8 and Lichfront, 2010, Germany.
Live Electronic Music
A celebration of live advanced electronic music showcasing pioneers and up-and-coming talents, illustrating a selection of some of the most innovative electronic music artists from the UK.
Bola (Skam, UK)
A rare live appearance by IDM pioneer Bola (aka Darrell Fitton) who has recorded under various pseudonyms including Bola and Jello. Bola has collaborated with Autechre and Gescom. His music is equally informed by the expansive emotions of electronica together with sensible melodies and cinematic atmospheres.
Scanner (Bine, UK)
Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) is a electronic musician, writer and media critic that has earned a reputation as boundary pushing experimentalist. Rimbaud has collaborated with Michael Nyman, Carsten Nicolai, Radiohead and Michelangelo Antonioni amongst others.
Subeena (Planet Mu, UK)
One of the UK’s most up and coming talents that has received support from UK’s pioneering electronic critics such us BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs. Young producer embarked in an exciting musical venture called ‘Hyperdub’. Subeena combines elements of nu-Soul R’n'B, techno, electronica and dubstep with beautiful melodies.
The Boats (Home Normal, UK)
The Boats are the prolific duo Craig Tattersall and Andrew Hargreaves. They have previously recorded under Hood, the Archivist and The Remote Viewer. Innovative experiment in modern classical music exploring new areas of creation with influences from Michael Nyman & Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Soundhacker (Smallfish, UK)
Soundhacker is an electronic music duo producing deeply atmospheric digital noise and melodic tones. Their debut album entitled ‘Spiked’ is due for release in the summer of 2010 on AMP BIT IF GO Recordings.
Uniform (Planet Mu, UK)
Uniform is a multi discliplinary project formed by 3 sound artists who create a dark blend of fractured electronic soundscapes. They are also involved in various sound-art installations such us Ear Cinema.
Michael Santos (Home Normal, UK)
Michael Santos is a talented young electronic music composer who uses audio software to carve out textured hazes of sound, layering them to build dynamic song structures. Structurally, Michael’s music is impulsive sometimes minimal and succinct while at others bustling with activity.
A creative laboratory and performance space will invite participants to explore the modes and effects of interactive new media design, encouraging active participation and fostering creativity. The unique performances will be staged making use of sound and 3D audio-visual mapping.
DAY 2: Unique evening dedicated to “live cinema” – a newly formed movement consisting of live digital music and real time visual performances.
Live Cinema Performances:
Pixel + Graphset (FR + DE)
‘Visionary City’, 2010: Alpha-ville is proud to present an extraordinary collaboration in which Paris-based digital artist (Graphset) joins forces with Pixel (Jon Egeskov) a pioneer of the German electronic music label, Raster Noton. This innovative audio-visual performance will explore the construction of a 3D virtual city and its surrounding environment through the music played, creating intense sound and visual atmospheres, aural textures and landscapes.
Pixel (Raster Noton, DE)
Danish talented composer and producer Jon Egeskov studied jazz at Copenhagen conservatory with saxophone as his main instrument. These studies allowed an unconventional approach to modern electronic music. His music represents the philosophy of Raster Noton, one of the world’s leading labels for experimental sound art and design.
Graphset (Alpha-ville, FR)
Graphset, Mikka Doczekalski, is responsible for Alpha-ville’s image and graphics. His work focuses on creating 3D landscapes and evocative environments using the latest video techniques. He has focused on research around print, motion designs and collaborative projects including photography & architecture.
Gangpol und Mit (FR)
Gangpol & Mit are Sylvain Quément and Guillaume Castagne. This cutting edge audio-visual performance will present these international rising stars, formed by an electronic music composer and a digital & interactive artist working on a unique world of cartoon inhabited by colorful and geometrical creatures.
Alba G. Corral + Nikka (ES)
‘The Space in Between’
Creative collaboration between two female artists working across different disciplines in which digital music and generative art embark upon a unique relationship. ‘The Space in Between’ is an impressive example of how visual compositions created with real time processing graphics and melancholic digital sounds can create complex new performance phenomena.
Zan Lyons (UK)
Violinist, electronic composer and filmmaker, his live show fuses live viola looping with frenetic distorted beats and real-time remixing of his own stunning films, some of which have been screened at Cannes and Raindance.
DAY 2 @ the Whitechapel Gallery will feature a Digital Music Technology Workshop for girls aged 14-19.
The workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to investigate the technology and processes used in the production and reproduction of sound in the context of the moving image, dance and mixed media installations. Free admission, limited spaces -booking essential.