Convergence returns for a second year with a new programme of visual art and music pioneers, that deploy technology in diverse and innovative ways.
onedotzero take the reigns on Friday 20 March to present one of the three 'Convergence Sessions' at Kachette in Old Street, with a cracking line-up:
13.15 - 13.50 - #dotdotdot
onedotzero presents #dotdotdot; a screening programme curated as part of their new series of events for London’s creative and digital community. The collection of shorts and music videos feature cutting edge animation; from disco dancing robots to surreal monochromatic worlds and reflect a diverse range of styles and themes.
14.00 - 14.45 - Marshmallow Laser Feast
A unique opportunity to hear from the creative studio behind some of the most intriguing immersive experiences of the recent past. Whether they're using robotics, virtual reality, or real time mapping, these artists and creative technologists create highly emotional and human-driven experiences. Marshmallow Laser Feast's Robin McNicholas and Barney Steel will take to the stage to present a behind-the-scenes look at previous projects, and to discuss 'Laser Face', their new sugar fuelled laser installation which will debut at Convergence.
'Laser Face' tracks your facial expression as you chew whilst a contact mic listens to the marshmallow mastication. The tracked facial expressions are then combined with generative audio to create a reactive personalised laser show like no other.
Thre installation will be assaulting the senses at select times throughout the Convergence Sessions. Check the installation opening hours and mark your calendars:
Mar 19: 13.00 - 19.00
Mar 20: 14.00 - 20.00
Mar 21: 12.00 - 17.00
15.00 - 16.00 - Making New Noise: Innovation in Sound and Technology
With the music world driving experimentation and innovation across instruments, platforms, production and dissemination, this panel will present and discuss some of these innovations in sound, technology and interaction. Featuring sound artist, designer and electronic musician Yuri Suzuki; Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut of ROLI, the music technology start-up behind the Seaboard GRAND; and Shelly Knotts, a composer, performer and improvisor of live electronic, live-coded and network music. The panel will be chaired by Andrew Dubber, director of Music Tech Fest, advisor to Bandcamp, Stromatolite and Sonaris, and founder of New Music Strategies, a pan-European digital music strategy think tank and consultancy group.
16.15 - 17.15 - New Screen to No Screen
From urban interventions and multi-platform entertainment, to live A/V music experiences - what are the creative possibilities and opportunities to display work and engage with music audiences? A panel discussion featuring celebrated artists Marshmallow Laser Feast, whose unforgettable hi-techinstallations incorporate photo-real virtual reality, robotic performance and real time mapping; Stuart Warren Hill, founder of Hexstatic and creator of HOLOTRONICA, a project that explores the synesthetic fusion of electronic music with live midi-controlled visuals and emerging 3D and holographic technologies; artist, composer and performer Mira Calix who integrates musical composition with visual media and technological innovation to create installation and performance works; and Flat-e, a London-based design studio creating installations, artworks and experiences. This panel will be chaired by onedotzero’s Shane Walter.
18:00-18:30 - Leafcutter John & Scanner "Start With Nothing" performance
Modular synthesisers are all about SOUND, no email, online browsing, or social networking. Patching is the process of connecting different modules together using cables to create, shape and modulate the sound produced. Scanner and Leafcutter John will begin with nothing patched, and build an electronic sound world between them. Everything you will hear will be created live at that very moment, never to be repeated again in a wiggling, wobbling and wild sonic adventure. They have no expectations or plans: only to listen, play and enjoy.
Day passes are a snip at £25 (£20 for students). Booking fees apply.
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