Dienstag, 28. Mai 2019

Interfaces Festival, Leicester UK, May 29th - June 4th

Wednesday May 29th to Tuesday June 4th 2019


The Interfaces Festival brings sound art installations and audiovisual artwork to venues across Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, including Phoenix Leicester, CURVE theatre, Leicester, LCB Depot and The Exchange Bar.

The festival provokes both eye and ear. Exploring ‘visual music’ – the artistic magic that can occur when image is shaped and formed like music – it offers two screenings of audiovisual artwork from around the world and two hands-on workshops from leading artists. Meanwhile, a fantastic range of sound art installations explore and celebrate sound in relation to space, place, image and sculpture.

The festival is organised by Music, Technology & Innovation, De Montfort University within the framework of the EU Interfaces Network Project, with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project focuses on ‘new music for new audiences’, aiming to inspire more people of all ages and demographics to experience contemporary music and sound art.

For the latest details see:
Installations: http://bit.ly/2VRQT9z
Visual Music: bit.ly/3024hHw


Workshop: Collaborative Animated Light Graffiti with Urban Projections
Wed May 29, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mobile light projections from the workshop will be shown in the city, starting around 10:00 pm.
Location: Phoenix Conference Rooms
Price: Free, but space is limited. Online reservation at Phoenix required. Phoenix listing: http://bit.ly/2Yefx1w
In this community workshop, participants will learn how to use special software on iPads to craft collaborative animations with music. A selection of the workshop pieces will then be displayed around Leicester at night with a custom ‘light cycle’ portable high-definition projection system.

Screening: Visible Bits, Audible Bytes
Fri 31 May, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Phoenix Screen 1
Reservations via Phoenix recommended.
Phoenix listing: http://bit.ly/2J6g2aM
Visible Bits, Audible Bytes shows how artists and musicians from around the world are using new technologies to animate imaginative audiovisual worlds. Going beyond the bounds of traditional narrative, abstract flows of image and sound invite wonder and contemplation.With the support of the EU Interfaces project, Visible Bits, Audible Bytes has commissioned award-winning Montréal video artist and composer Myriam Boucher to premiere a new work at Phoenix as part of the screening.

Installation: Myriam Boucher – Empty Spaces
Fri 31 May, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Sat 1 Jun, 11am – 7pm
Location: Phoenix Screen Room
Phoenix listing: http://bit.ly/304OaZB
Myriam Boucher’s Empty Spaces is a video and sound-based installation that acts as a companion or ‘prelude’ to her audiovisual composition by the same name, which will be premiering in this year’s Visible Bits, Audible Bytes. The installation explores the genesis of her project: the village where she grew up – concerning the source of the desire to run away, to escape from reality.

Artist Talks
Fri May 31, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Phoenix Conference Rooms
A selection of artists involved in the Interfaces Leicester project will discuss their work.

Installation: Sam Underwood – Heed
Fri May 31 – Tue 4 Jun
Time: starting evening of May 31, open all day thereafter
Location: Phoenix
Phoenix listing: http://bit.ly/2WwMINI
For this installation, sound artist and musical instrument designer Sam Underwood is placing a series of sonic devices in and around Phoenix. A variation on his long-term Sonic Graffiti project, Sam has chosen to reflect on our current divisions. Each piece encourages close listening and quiet reflection as an antidote to the bombast that seems so commonplace at this time.

Screening: Punto y Raya Festival Retrospective
Sat 1 Jun, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Phoenix Screen 2
Reservations via Phoenix recommended
Phoenix listing: http://bit.ly/2H4s15b
Spain’s Punto y Raya fosters Audiovisual Arts in their purest state: form, colour, motion and sound – no representation. Its mission is to recapture the spirit of Cinéma Pure and Absolute Film formulated by the European avant-garde in the 1920s, consolidating this unique artform lying at the intersection between Art and Media. This screening presentation by festival co-founder Nöel Palazzo offers a review of the festival’s 12-year trajectory, focusing on contemporary works and the many diverse techniques the artists have explored and developed.

Workshop: VJ Workshop with Myriam Boucher
Sat 1 Jun, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Phoenix Conference Rooms
Reservations via Phoenix required
Phoenix listing: http://bit.ly/2Jk7GLX
Participants can bring their own laptop computer with the Resolume demo installed, or can use computers provided at the workshop.This workshop is an opportunity to learn VJ technique – the emerging art of live performance of visual projections with music – hands-on from an award-winning artist who is master in both visuals and music production. Montréal-based video and sound artist Myriam Boucher will teach aspects of her approach to live performance with Resolume software, with special attention to questions of how to work with musical structures and to create organic visual textures and transformations.

Installations from DMU Music and Audio Technology
LCB Depot installations start Thu 30 May 1:00 pm
All other installations start Fri 31 May, 1:00 pm
All finish 4 June, 5:00 pm
Curve Theatre:
Peter Batchelor, Contraption
Rob Chafer, Innermost
Danny Ingram, Balloon Bridge
Francesc Marti, Speech 2
John Richards, Death and the Shell
Stewart Worthy, Tungsten Ghost
Exchange Bar:
Donggyu Lee, Window ≠ Wall
LCB Depot:
Davide Baldazzi, Molekules
Bruno Iglesias, Frame of Phase

For more information:
Visual Music: Bret Battey – bbattey[at]dmu.ac.uk
Sound Art Installations: Peter Batchelor – pbatchelor[at]dmu.ac.uk

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