Tuesday 23rd May
Live AV Performances, Exhibition, Screening
Genesis Cinema : 93-95 Mile End Rd, London E1 4UJ
May 2017 Edition
PANORAMA is an independent art programme featuring art film & video screenings, live music & exhibitions. Their May edition is run in association with Splice.
Overlap – Different Fields
SCREENING OF ART FILMS & VIDEOS:
Susan Young – It Started With A Murder + The Betrayal
Anna Grenman – IRMINSUL
RACINE – UNIVERS
Shobhan Shah – The Cost of War
Thursday 25th May
UAL/LCC Campus : University of the Arts London, SE1 6SB
FREE ENTRY – SOLD OUT
Resolume : Beginners Workshop
Max. Participants: 12
Duration: 3 hours
The two founders of Resolume; Edwin de Koning & Bart van der Ploeg host a beginners workshop at University of the Arts, London College of Communication.
From zero to hero in 3 hours.
This workshop teaches you all you need to know to start VJ’ing with Resolume. We go over what does what in the interface, and show you the best ways to use it. Starting with the basics on how to load and trigger clips, you’ll be compositing multiple videos, applying realtime effects and using live cameras. After this workshop you will be able to do a basic VJ gig on a projector.
Participants should bring (essential):
– laptop (macOS or Windows)
– Resolume Avenue or Arena installed (download the demo here: resolume.com/download)
Resolume Arena software and licenses will be supplied at the session (with limited expiry date).
Friday 26th May 11.00-17.00
+ Saturday 27th May 12.00-18.00
Optikal Ink Lab : LED Lab and Stage Design
Max. Participants: 14
Duration: 12 hours total
(2 days, 6 hours per day)
LED Mapping and Stage Design. A workshop created by OPTIKAL INK LAB which will be hosted at Red Gallery over 2 days.
Attendees will design, create and operate an installation for the Extended Play event at Kamio on the Saturday night. Entry to the event is included with the workshop ticket.
On day one participants will focus on theory. On day two the theory will be put to use creating an installation for the nights party.
This workshop is aimed at beginners in the LED world, video artists, motion designers and people passionate about the moving image and light are welcome. Students will be given fully-functional 30-day trial versions of Modul8 and MadMapper software.
LED mapping is a technique that uses LED lighting technology and DMX/arnet protocols to design spaces, stages, installations, performances, fashion garments and more. In this workshop we expand the possibilities for those who work with lighting, stage and visual design, art and enthusiasts who want to learn the basic steps to work in this field.
Participants should bring (essential):
– laptop running macosx 10.8 or later (minimum 10.6) with a recent powerful graphics card, not mac air
– basic computer knowledge on installation of software
– basic skills on video composition and editing software
– ethernet port or adapter to connect the dmx controller to the laptop
Friday 26th May
Resolume : Advanced Masterclass
Max. Participants: 25
Duration: 2.5 hours
The two founders of Resolume; Edwin de Koning & Bart van der Ploeg host an advanced masterclass at Rich Mix.
This is for everyone who already has some experience with VJ’ing in general, but wants to get to the nitty gritty of the many options Resolume has to offer. Sync clips to the BPM or have effects pop to the music. Use Cue Points and the Beatloopr to remix your footage on the fly. Improve your performance by using midi controllers. We’ll go over the video mapping tools you have at your disposal in Resolume. Using the powerful warping features of Arena, you can tackle almost any surface.
Participants should bring (essential):
– laptop (macOS or Windows)
– Resolume Arena installed (download the demo here: resolume.com/download)
Friday 26th May
Emergency Broadcast Network : This Many Dollars
Opening the festival with a special one-off performance we present the undisputed godfathers of AV remixing, American multimedia group EBN – Emergency Broadcast Network – was formed in 1991 by Rhode Island School of Design graduates Brian Kane, Gardner Post and Josh Pearson.
In a not to be missed special and rare appearance especially for Splice Festival, Kane and Post get back together to perform a piece called ‘This Many Dollars’. During the weekend they’ll also unveil an installation called ‘Full Release’, a new interactive piece containing never before seen archival footage of their original works plus unscreened videos from the 80’s and 90’s.
Dotokime.Live : Light Particles
Dotokime is a collaboration and passion project between visual artist Emilia Gumańska – performing under the name VJ Emiko – and electronic music producer Artur Śleziak, who goes by the moniker Dot Dot. That shared passion is about combining music, video, experimental art and technology; individually Emiko works with the human body, with shadows and emotions and the music of Dot Dot is about creating tense sound art. With depth and beauty in their collaborative work, the duo venture into what they can only describe as the ‘multidimensional universe’.
As Dot Dot, Śleziak releases on Slovenian label Retrospective Zoology and Polish web-based imprint Minimicromusic, his hypnotic, atmospheric and experimental dub and ambient techno and has been compared to early Orb, and his live shows always encompass emotion and surprise. Emiko’s live work meanwhile revolves around symmetry and the human body in motion and can easily be categorised as experimental video art; Gumańska herself is also a video director, camera operator and editor.
Eclectic Method : Video DJ Set
Eclectic Method is Johnny Wilson, his super-charged “Wolf of Wall Street” remix claims more than 5 million views and counting and his Star Wars remixes racked up more than 20 million views. Stephen Colbert, who jokingly called him a “DJ Jazzy jerk-off,” played one of his videos on The Colbert Report, and James Corden aired his “Carpool Karaoke” remix to immense applause on The Late Late Show. Apple made Wilson the main subject of a promotional video before sending him around Europe to perform at its flagship stores. He’s performed live with Chuck D, Questlove and Clyde Stubblefield on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. For Splice, he performs a video DJ set of music videos, film remixes, TV remixes and internet pop culture.
Aeldryn : Neoform VJ Set
Based in Prague, Czech artist Aeldryn works with both analog and digital technologies in his live animations. Using a camera to create digital feedback and focus on real movement contained within it and those short unrepeatable moments, Aeldryn then uses digital tools to amplify those captured moments, expanding them into other shapes, images and compositions; creating new original abstract noise textures. He’ll perform a live abstract video performance using live camera input, feedback and generated graphics.
(please note: this video is not of the show to be performed at Splice)
A'Bear : DJ Set
A’Bear is a London based experimental avant synth pop artist/electronic poet combining her fascination with unique soundscapes and layered lyrics to invoke a cosmic experience. She plays an eclectic mix of genres including techno, electronica, indie and avant-garde synth wave.
DJ Food : Selected Aphex Works AV Set
DJ Food – originally the studio pseudonym for various Coldcut productions – was passed to Strictly Kev in the mid 1990s and he’s been creating music and mixes under the name for the past two decades. In 2008, he and Solid Steel collaborator DK, created the world’s first 2 man, 4 vinyl-turntable AV set-up using Serato’s brand new VSL software. In 2012 he produced a 50 minute 360 degree show for domes and planetariums centered around his album, The Search Engine.
For Splice Festival, DJ Food plays his Aphex Twin set – a selection of work by the Warp artist, complete with video accompaniments specially edited to the track selection. Started as a series of mixes highlighting the best of the 250 plus track ‘Soundcloud dump’ made by Aphex in 2015, the show has evolved into a video version including past catalogue favourites ranging from ambient to acid to AFX’s take on drum n bass.
1024 Architecture : Recession
The third part of the trilogy Euphorie-Crise-Recession is an audiovisual performance, a journey through what’s left of our civilisation.
The show echoes the scarcity of natural resources, diminishing of species, and the ever expanding influence of built matter.
The two performers activate the digital vista in realtime, like busted puppeteers, waiting for something to go wrong.
Coldcut : AV Performance
Edwin de Koning & Bart van der Ploeg : The History and Future of Resolume + Q&A
The two founders of Resolume, Edwin de Koning and Bart van der Ploeg host a talk about the history and the future of the software, with a sneak preview of Resolume 6.
Sampling in AV : Panel Discussion
With archives opening up and online memes and supercuts now commonplace, has video sampling finally come of age? A discussion panel around the use and abuse of audiovisual sampling and it’s many challenges faced by artists working in this genre, whether creative, technical or legal. Ben Sheppee of Light Rhythm Visuals chairs the panel and discusses issues with some of the pioneers of the art-form.
Graham Daniels (Addictive TV | Orchestra of Samples | Splice Festival co-producer)
Vicki Bennett (People Like Us)
Brian Kane (EBN)
Gardner Post (EBN)
Matt Black (Coldcut)
Johnny Wilson (Eclectic Method)
Athens Digital Arts Festival Screening Programme : #PostFuture. Introduced by Ilias Chatzichristodoulou
Splice Festival 2017 presents a compilation from the Athens Digital Arts Festival: #PostFuture Journey.
The ADAF – Athens Digital Arts Festival – is an international festival celebrating digital culture with an annual gathering, bringing together a global community of artists and audiences. They aim to encourage, stimulate and promote all aspects of digital creativity by hosting both local and international artists / communities with a goal to raise awareness on contemporary digital culture, familiarising audiences with new media art and providing education via workshops focusing on technology and digital arts. Each edition of the festival tackles modern social and cultural issues that relate to innovation and technological advances, it’s wide-ranging programme offering exhibitions, screenings, performances and workshops that display distinctive characteristics of the digital medium.
Athens Digital Arts Festival 2017 is its 13th edition. With the theme #PostFuture, it aims to create a futuristic reality in the centre of Athens to reflect the transition of digital culture by shaping a future ‘beyond digital’ and playing with the idea of ‘real versus virtual’ boundaries.
The compilation features the work of artists Patxi Araujo, Chris Cheung, Rebecca Najdowski, Dénes Ruzsa & Fruzsina, Spitzer, Alexander Pettai, Marta Di Francesco, Max Hattler, Alex Karantanas, Duncan Poulton, Fred L’Epee, Marcantonio Lunardi, Pamela Stefanopoulou, Thomas Valianatos and Maria Tsiroukidou.
Flying beyond digital, reaching the #PostFuture
Digital culture, as an integral part of our everyday lives, is constantly changing in an effort to satisfy our “perpetual eagerness” to exceed technological limits. This continuously shifting form of digital culture shapes a future “beyond digital”, a futuristic convergence of the ‘real’ and the ‘digital’. On this path, travellers encounter this new exciting, but still rather elusive, “post-digital” reality where the digital merges with both the analog and the physical.
#PostFuture Journey selection list:
(for full listings check out the Friday 26th May programme page)
1. Patxi Araujo (ES) Tera Nullius 09:58
2. Chris Cheung (HK) RadianceScape 02:00
3. Rebecca Najdowski (US) Give them Distance 03:04
4. Dénes Ruzsa & Fruzsina Spitzer (HU) S.C.A.N. – Searching Alternative Nature 07:00
5. Alexander Pettai (RU) Apophonie 05:36
6. Marta Di Francesco (IT) The Waves 02:45
7. Max Hattler (DE) Shapeshifter 00:30
8. Alex Karantanas (GR) Singularity 07:13
9. Duncan Poulton (UK) Pygmalion 07:00
10. Fred L’Epee (SW) Athanasia 05:33
11. Marcantonio Lunardi (IT) The Cage 05:46
12. Pamela Stefanopoulou (GR) The Voices of Silence 01:52
13. Thomas Valianatos (GR) Fractusmachine_Kosmos 03:34
14. Maria Tsiroukidou (GR) Minecrafted Waste Land 05:33
Video Art Curator: Eirini Olympiou
Animation Curator: Nikki Georgiou
Curatorial Assistants: Marianthi Mavroudi – Eleana Damaskinou
Introducing and presenting the compilation will be ADAF director Ilias Chatzichristodoulou.
Saturday 27th May
MadMapper / Deep Dive : Advanced Masterclass
Max. Participants: 25
Duration: 2 hours
One of the founders of MadMapper, Francois Wunschel/1024 Architecture hosts an advanced masterclass at Rich Mix.
Learn advanced techniques and features including:
– 3D object calibration
– DMX adressing and expressions
– MadMapper materials aka Shaders
Participants should bring (essential):
– mac laptop
– working copy of MadMapper
Saturday 27th May
Test Card (Manchester) : Networking Forum
Hosted by Test Card
Max. Participants: 20
FREE ENTRY – REGISTER
Sean Clarke is Creative Director of the Manchester based venue Texture and founder of the visuals-led Test Card project. Clarke’s focus is on events that help support community growth and provide a platform for local artists to explore the possibilities of audio-visual performance and multimedia composition, particularly though advancements in real-time performance software and hardware.
At Splice Festival 2017, Clarke will be hosting a one hour networking / open forum event. The aim, to be bring artists and event organizers from around the country together, to discuss and share ideas on topics surrounding the future direction and development of AV performance in the UK. The event will be split into four, fifteen-minute sections, with each section being a group conversation on a topic highlighted by the host. When the fifteen minutes are up the groups move and change, mixing everyone up and the process starts again with a new topic.
Participants are free to suggest topics, and these will likely include such things as;
• How live performance technology allows new artists to explore different areas of their work
• Ways in which to engage with universities and schools to help further basic knowledge of the subject
• How to build a network of spaces around the country for artists to perform
• How to organize large events which help showcase this area of work
Andy Lomas : Talk
Andy Lomas’ Morphogenetic Creations explore digital simulation of morphogenetic processes to create complex alien but familiar, beautiful and disturbing forms. Inspired by the work of Alan Turing, D’Arcy Thompson and Ernst Haeckel, it exists at the boundary between art and science.
He has had work exhibited in over 50 joint and solo exhibitions, including Kinetica, SIGGRAPH, the Japan Media Arts Festival, the Ars Electronica Festival, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Watermans and the ZKM. He has work in the collection at the V&A, and was selected by Saatchi Online to contribute to a special exhibition in the Zoo Art Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts.
In 2014 Cellular Forms won The Lumen Prize Gold Award, as well as the Best Artwork Award from the A-Eye exhibition at AISB-50, and an Honorary Mention from the jury at the Ars Electronica Festival.
His production credits include Walking With Dinosaurs, Matrix: Revolutions, Matrix: Reloaded, Over the Hedge, The Tale of Despereaux, Avatar, and Max Cooper’s Emergence AV show. He received Emmys for his work on The Odyssey (1997) and Alice in Wonderland (1999).
Rebecca Smith : Beyond the Screen
Live Cinema : Panel Discussion
A creative discussion hosted by Christopher Thomas Allen: How Live Cinema can grow – through new ideas and collaborations, use of new (and old) techniques and technology, new and old venues and totally fresh contexts. How the work can be developed and reach wider audiences to ultimately be sustainable for artists and producers.
Lisa Brook – livecinema.org.uk
Toby Harris aka *spark – tobyz.net
Memo Akten : Talk + Q&A
Akten’s work explores the collisions between nature, science, technology, culture, ethics, ritual, tradition and religion. Combining critical and conceptual approaches with investigations into form, movement and sound he creates data dramatizations of natural and anthropogenic processes. He studies and works with complex systems, behaviour, algorithms and software; and collaborates across many disciplines spanning video, sound, light, dance, software, online works, installations and performances. Alongside his practice, he is currently working towards a PhD at Goldsmiths University of London in artificial intelligence and expressive human-machine interaction, exploring collaborative co-creativity between humans and machines for artistic expression. Fascinated by trying to understand the world and human nature, he draws inspiration from fields such as quantum mechanics, astrophysics, molecular & evolutionary biology, ecology, abiogenesis, neuroscience, anthropology, sociology and philosophy.
He’s a strong supporter of open-source software and many of his open-source tools and libraries are used globally, he also gives lectures and workshops around the world too and is one of the core contributors to the openFrameworks project. In 2007 he founded The Mega Super Awesome Visuals Company (MSA Visuals), a creative studio spanning art and technology and in 2011, with two new partners, this evolved into Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF). In 2014, after a string of successful, influential and large scale projects, Memo left MLF to focus on personal work, collaborations and research.
Saturday 27th May
Adrena Adrena : AV Performance
Adrena Adrena is a collaboration between award-winning visual artist Daisy Dickinson and drummer E-Da Kazuhisa, previously the drummer of the Japanese noise (or ‘Japanoise’) rock band Boredoms (WEA Japan, Reprise/Warner Brothers) and currently British electronic/post-rock band Seefeel (Rephlex, Warp Records). The duo cut a raw blend of drums, noise and organic visual work, featuring in their performances an eight foot white sphere that hangs above Kazuhisa’s drum kit and which Dickinson maps videos on to; her work was described by William Barns-Graham of Fluid Radio as ‘cosmological and transcendental, drawing attention to the wonder of the earth and our sensuality on it’.
As a duo, their debut was at the International Festival of Projections in early 2016 and have since performed at End of The Road Festival, Supernormal Festival, Fort Process Festival, Zorofest in Leipzig and other shows across the UK and Europe, with both Japanese psychedelic rock band Acid Mothers Temple (Alien8 Recordings) and members of British art-punk band Wire and Japanese noise rock band Bo Ningen (Stolen Recordings).
Alba Corral : VJ Set
Born in Spain’s capital city of Madrid, visual artist and creative coder Alba Corral now works from her studios in Spain’s creative capital Barcelona. With a background in computer engineering, Corral has been creating generative art using software and coding for over a decade. Her practice spans across live performance, video, digital media and installations, exploring abstract narratives and expressing sensitivity and a taste for colour. Combining generative systems with her own improvised drawing techniques, Alba’s digital language becomes organic, creating mesmerising digital landscapes.
Tim Cowie : DJ Set
Tim Cowie is an audio visual artist currently based in Bournemouth. A long-time collaborator at The Light Surgeons, Cowie’s music and sound design work crosses over from electronica and techno, to contemporary classical and ambient soundscapes. He releases music under his own name, the alias Audio Dependent, and as part of the duo Infinite Particles.
Joe Beedles : AV Performance
In his work, young Manchester based audiovisual artist Joe Beedles, draws on live recordings and synthesized noise; he focuses on concepts surrounding club music abstraction, blurring the line between ‘the real’ and ‘the simulated’. His current emphasis is on generative systems for live performance, providing audiences with highly-detailed compositions, emphasising magnified yet obscured soundscapes.
Upon premiering his work at The Banff Centre in March 2016, Joe has continued to develop his live set both technically and conceptually, culminating in solo performances, particularly within the Algorave movement (short for ‘algorithmic rave’, events where people dance to music generated from algorithms). A recent finalist in the Oxford Sennheiser Electronic Music Prize, Beedles – who also goes by the artist name Native – releases on London based label Laura Lies In, his output is varied with stylistic themes of vocal manipulation, carefully considered harmonic structures and modular software set-ups that allow for interesting and unexpected results. His EP ‘Polaris’ was released in 2016.
For Splice Festival, Beedles performs live algorithmic, generative AV, deconstructing technoise with swathes of textural ambience married up with audio-reactive geometry and visual abstractions.
Mira Calix : DJ/VJ Set
Mira Calix is the multi award-winning UK based South African music producer Chantal Passamonte. Living in the UK since the early 90’s, she’s signed to Warp Records and has toured with Radiohead, Boards of Canada and Autechre. Music and sound have always been at the centre of her practice, which she continues to integrate with visual media and technological innovation to create multi-disciplinary performances and installations.
For Splice she presents a special DJ/VJ set inspired by Josef Albers experiments with colour.
(please note: this video is not of the show to be performed at Splice)
Filastine & Nova : Drapetomania
Filastine & Nova are a multimedia duo working to undermine borders. Their images fuses with their music, which collides electronic beat production and dense layers of voice, concréte sounds, analogue synths and strings. Spin magazine called it “bass music for crumbling urban futures” and Pitchfork said “they sound less like ‘world’ music and more like music from another world”. And another world is exactly what they aim to create, using sound, video, design, and dance to express a radically different vision of the possible.
For Splice, they perform their new project Drapetomania, a collaboration between Barcelona’s veteran producer Grey Filastine and Indonesian neo-soul vocalist Nova Ruth. It’s electronic and acoustic, pop and wildly experimental, from roots music to future bass the show is an audio strike against xenophobia, proposing a borderless and polyphonic world.
Ben Sheppee : Lightbringer
British artist Ben Sheppee has been part of the visuals and AV scene for many years, most notably setting up Lightrhythm Visuals – one of the first ever VJ labels, which was internationally distributed from 2003 to 2012. He developed 15 albums of visual content promoting 70 artists and 240 films, often touring visual artists he released. He’s developed an online school for audiovisual art and performance, written for multiple publications and now acts as Creative Director on a whole range of tour visuals productions, whilst also continuing to develop his profile as an artist and director. He lived for a time in Tokyo, San Francisco and Paris and is now based in London.
For Splice Festival, Sheppee’s audiovisual performance brings together his recent visual studies set to an audio backdrop of dubstep and ambient electro. It’s designed as a multi-screen set-up where he mixes across two video signals, blending audio samples into his AV set.
Urban Projections : Stratum (World Premiere)
Urban Projections is the work of multimedia artist Rebecca Smith. Fusing hand-crafted art-forms with digital technologies, her work seeks to surprise and engage audiences with its playful tone and interactivity. She creates unique digital experiences, constantly looking for ways to push the boundaries of her discipline. Her work has been presented in such prestigious surroundings as The Saatchi Gallery, The Royal Albert Hall, Tate St Ives and arts centre Nottingham Contemporary. As Smith would state though, her work is equally at home on the streets and in unusual outdoor locations.
Stratum, their live performance at Splice Festival, is a collaboration with audio producer Jimmy Power. Described as ‘an exploration of landscape and mans effect on it’, this project is a sharp journey into geometric abstraction. Utilising kinetic colour spectrums with bold white light, it places naturalistic elements with hyper-real digital glitches, fusing them with a soundtrack of environmental recordings and electronic beats. It’s a driven and bold live show.
(please note: this video is not of the show to be performed at Splice)
Zan Lyons : Live AV and Strings
Zan Lyons is a violinist, electronic composer and filmmaker from London. He began making music as a teenager and soon released on both Foundry records and the label Moshi Moshi, as well as creating remixes for Super Furry Animals and Panic DHH.
He’s best known for his uncompromising live shows where he fuses live viola looping with frenetic distorted beats and real-time remixing of his own films. Zan has performed at a wide range of spaces, from London’s BFI Southbank and Berlin’s Berghain club to Spain’s LEV audiovisual arts event and the UK’s Reading Festival. Explosive beats collide with live-looped viola and haunting images to create a unique otherworldly experience. Using custom vintage lenses, and in-camera visual effects, Zan creates ominous immersive visuals which are micro-edited to create a truly live-cinema performance.
Francois Wunschel : Physical to Digital at 1024 Architecture : Talk + Q&A
1024 Architecture are the incredible French artists focusing on the interaction between body, space, sound and image using both low and hi-tech methods. As well as performances they also create AV installations and micro-architecture.
As well as bombarding buildings with pixels, mapping architectural surfaces and projecting directly onto three-dimensional objects rather than flat screens, the duo also like to use all manner of materials in their performances, “we use many basic and standardised materials, often from the construction or transport industries such as scaffolding, containers, timber framework, pallets and even netting from building sites”.
Emergency Broadcast Network : Full Release : Installation
Saturday 27th May
J:Kenzo : DJ Set
Founder of the influential labels Artikal Music UK and Soul Shakerz, British DJ/producer J:Kenzo is himself one of the leading lights in a new wave of artists on the pioneering dubstep label Tempa. DJing for over 20 years and a veteran of the dubstep scene, J:Kenzo’s known for his signature minimalistic sounds of dub, jungle and techno. He’s hosted a monthly show on London’s Rinse FM for over 4 years now, showcasing his tastes of the underground, and he also regularly DJs internationally – from Japan to the USA and all over Europe. His many releases, including on labels Metalheadz, Exit Records and more recently Cosmic Bridge and 31 Records, heavily feature his trademark stripped back beats, smokey atmospherics and haunting melodies.
Sagberg : VJ Set
SAGBERG / David Emanuel Altweger
Initially from Vienna he has been based in London since 2006. A design graduate of Camberwell College of Arts he is working as a freelance director and VJ as well making live visuals and art installations.
He is currently working closely with Test Dept and is a founding member of the artist collective Salon Flux (salonflux.at)
No Signal : AV Performance
ScanOne : DJ/VJ Set
Label boss of both Yellow Machines and Modified Magic, ScanOne is the London-based musician, DJ and audiovisual artist Jude Greenaway. DJing since the early 1990s and later producing his own work, his production style is a hybrid of genres from old-school hardcore to electro, bleep, bass, dub and IDM.
Hector Plimmer : Live SP-404 Set
In the same way groups like Portishead and Leftfield captured a moment in time, Hector’s work, although influenced by them, is also drenched in tribal rhythms and beautifully crafted bass. Melodies weave and shift to make way for glorious synths or vocal lines.
Clearly influenced by beat-makers like Flying Lotus and Theo Parrish, but with the subtleties of the classic Metalheadz era Drum and Bass. You can catch Hector around London, playing records and playing live. He has a regular show on NTS Radio and also co-curates the ‘Sampled’ project with a crew of DJs, producers and musicians.
At Splice expect a live set of music produced by Hector, performed on a Roland SP-404 sampler, accompanied by visuals animated by Loup Blaster.
Asterism : VJ Set
ASTERISM is a VJ performance by Carla Zimbler that is spontaneous and responsive to environmental feedback and neural activity. Live visuals slowly disconnect from reality and deconstruct living organisms to a cellular level. Particles and warped fragments endlessly expand and contract in fluctuating pools of saturated colour. Audiences are coaxed inside immersive dream-like spaces of memories and imaginings until they wholly lose themselves to abstraction – twisted, exaggerated and bent out of shape.
For Splice, Carla will perform alongside Hector Plimmer.
Jonny Cuba : DJ Set
Jonny Cuba started his musical journey signing to NinjaTune in the late 1990’s as one half of ‘Dynamic Syncopation’ releasing two LP’s and a string of singles. Many tours with DJ Food, The Herbaliser and DJ Vadim sharpened Jonny’s skills on the decks. He went on to form the Hip Hop crew Soundsci with Audessey from Mass Influence and DJ Ollie Teeba from the Herbaliser, the crew, consisting of four Emcee’s and two DJ/Producers have released LP’s on their own Independent label ‘World Expo Records’ and with West coast US label Ubiquity Records. More recently Soundsci made the ‘My Boosey Weighs a Ton’ LP on Cavendish Records sampling from the legendary Boosey & Hawkes archive.
Jonny’s DJ style ranges from throwing down classic Hip Hop through funk & soul to more eclectic Soundtrack vibes finding obscure nuggets to throw in the mix.
Bitvert : IDMT
Employing a punk aesthetic, IDMT is a performance of Bitvert’s music and visuals. IDMT draws from his eclectic debut album (IDMT) and EP (Civil Serpent) to deliver a visceral synthesis of deep electronica, glitch and image breakdown.
Drawing on a DIY ethos of punk applied to nocturnal electronica and mechanical disruption, Bitvert was born in the warehouse subculture of East London, drawing together evil strands of pounding 4/4 techno, darkened electronic textures and stupendous sub bass frequencies that pull the head of the listener straight to the floor.’ – Rough Trade Records
Andy Lomas : Constrained Forms : Stereoscopic Installation
Andy Lomas will present his installation piece, Constrained Forms, a variation on his Cellular Forms series. It exhibits more complex shapes with tendril like protuberances and different behaviour in different regions. These come from applying a number of constraints to the software system. Cellular Forms explore digital simulation of morphogenetic processes to create complex alien but familiar, beautiful and disturbing forms. Inspired by the work of Alan Turing, D’Arcy Thompson and Ernst Haeckel, it exists at the boundary between art and science.
Sunday 28th May
Nick Ronin : How to sync Ableton Live with Resolume for AV Performance
Max. Participants: 14
Duration: 6 hours
In this workshop we will explore several solutions for connecting Ableton Live with Resolume Avenue/Arena for reactive and synchronised AV performances. This is a practical and project-based session so that you can walk away with your own audio-visual liveset template.
We will find out how to send MIDI messages and tempo information from Live to Resolume. We will also send an audio signal and OSC data between the apps.
Some sample content will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own content and MIDI controllers.
Participants should bring (essential):
– laptop (macOS or Windows)
– Resolume installed
– Ableton installed
Nick Feldman is an AV performer, sound designer and event organiser who also teaches both Ableton Live and Resolume. His most recent AV work has been done under the Villain moniker and he will also be playing at Splice as part of No Signal.
Sunday 28th May
Mixmaster Morris : DJ Set
Described by the legendary John Peel as “my natural successor”, Mixmaster Morris is one of the most respected DJs ever, full stop. Many of the most influential and significant acts that have shaped electronic music over the past 30 years have Mixmaster Morris to thank for playing a significant role in their early careers. He has consistently championed artists who have gone on to achieve greatness, long before anyone else had heard of them.
He’s currently working on an eagerly awaited new album, the first in over a decade. It would take three books and a film to even begin to scratch the surface of Mixmaster Morris! He’s a phenomenon, a legend himself and an Irresistible Force!
Oli Bolland : VJ Set
Oli Bolland is multi-diciplinary artist from London who’s visuals work experiments with the use of practical in-camera effects, film and technological manipulations. He has previously provided visuals for acts across a multitude of venues and occasions; most recently serving as resident projectionist for OZ at Brighton’s Green Door Store.
Ilia Rogatchevski : Souvenir
At Splice, Rogatchevski presents Souvenir, a piece about memory, texture and documentation. The soundtrack is composed from sampled charity shop LPs and AM radio sweeps. Augmenting and reworking certain aspects of these unwanted cultural documents reanimates their content, whilst careful juxtaposition reimagines their hidden potential. The live audio is coupled with moving images sourced from the artist’s own archive, shot many years ago, but never used. These images now provoke questions of truth and texture… what is more potent: the memory or a digital recording of it?
Martina Zena : Interplay + Q&A
For Splice, Zena performs Interplay – her third project in a recent trilogy of experiments and collaborations bringing together music, graphics and performance art. The project is based on the ‘interplay’ concept borrowed from the jazz world, where participants set-aside the usual artistic hierarchies of leader and followers in favour of interchange where every performer affects the other. During the performance, every gesture causes an amplified sound and every sound a gesture, corresponding to signs and further gestures created with unconventional objects. The sound finds its form and takes shape with the final artwork being the score of the performance!
Christian Faubel & Ralf Schreiber : Analogue Utopia, Almost like Music + Q&A
German artist Christian Faubel is an interdisciplinary scholar working in the differing fields of neuroscience, autonomous systems research and media art & design at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. In his work, Faubel’s interested in what enables complex behavior, and how this may result from the interaction of very simple units and their interrelations. His artistic colleague Ralf Schreiber, also from Cologne, works with electronics, solar panels, motors and miniature loudspeakers. His playful and experimental works generate gentle sounds and tiny movements, and in so doing explore low-energy transformation processes of light into movement and sound.
They make music with machines and electronic circuits that function according to their very own logic, exploring the tonality of material and the very materiality of sound. As they explain “we want to give voices to things, and do so by careful manipulation of the machines and their surroundings”. For the audience, this process is made transparent by placing the machines under an overhead projector, so that their movements cast a silhouette, a kind of ‘shadow play’. As they conclude “Similar to live coding it’s our improvisation with the machines that matters. It’s a live experimentation in search for patterns, musical structures and minimal techno that we like to dance to”.
Optika - Laura Ramirez : Singularity
Optika is the moniker of Colombian visual artist Laura Ramirez. In her performances, she plays with audiences perceptions, melding digital art with audiovisual narratives. She also runs ‘Optika Studio’ an AV label where she manages live events, advertising projects and academic content. Optika has been performing internationally since 2008, at events like Mapping Festival, VJ University, Nuite Blanche, SSA Festival, LPM (Live Performers Meeting) amongst many others. Ramirez has also directed large scale projects in Colombia, including the VIP stage area for Katy Perry in concert. She’s also worked with the United VJs and has created designs for largescale LED media facades in both Colombia and Brazil.
For Splice Festival, Optika performs her project ‘Singularity’, a live visual performance inspired by the concepts of gravitational singularity, creating a synesthetic experience that synchronously communicates images with sound, creating an immersive environment that evokes outer-space and the sounds of the cosmos. Gravitational singularity is an area of complex space that’s not yet fully understood, black holes and the origins of the universe are good examples. Many questions arise that make us think about outer space and Optika’s performance aims to artistically recreate how space without time could look and sound.
Mïus X Attaray Visual : The Digital Tale of Geometric Shapes
Signed to Berlin’s respected Sonar Kollektiv label, Mïus is the music project of Budapest-based artist Gergely Álmos. He defines it as a ‘multi-art project’ where different fields of self-expression meet each other. Collaborative partner Andrea Sztojanovits, who performs under the moniker of Attaray Visual, graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts and the Doctoral School of the Academy in Budapest.
For this year’s Splice, they explain their collaboration, an audiovisual experimentation, in very poetic terms “is a journey to a timeless audiovisual microcosmos. When you see your own light in total darkness, it’s single value carries the only intensity level. In that world, the audiovisual journey begins, driving you through fractured shapes, black frames and white circles among triangle mountains, across the digital fields where you see a grey full moon and your breathing begins to slow… you hear a gong and see the vibrations and resonances in the air. This is the abstract universe”.
Adam Smith : Talk
Adam Smith is an award-winning film, television drama, documentary, and music video director. His filmmaking journey began as a teenager, making visuals for raves and nightclubs in a creative collective, which he co-founded, called Vegetable Vision.
He is best known for his long-term collaboration with The Chemical Brothers. Smith has worked with The Chemical Brothers since their first gig in 1994, designing the surreal and visionary video elements of their live shows. His music video for their song ‘Galvanise’ won the Grand Jury Prize Award for Best Music Video at Resfest 2005. In 2012 Smith directed the critically acclaimed Chemical Brothers concert film ‘Don’t Think’. Audiences took to their feet in cinemas worldwide and danced in the aisles. ‘Don’t Think’ was awarded 5 stars by Empire magazine and won Best Live Film at the Music Video Awards 2013.
For Splice, Smith hosts a special talk discussing his work, processes and production methods through a series of live demonstrations with help from Mark Monero.
Smith has also collaborated extensively with Mike Skinner of The Streets. His banned from TV, video for ‘Blinded by the Lights’ won the DMA Best Video and was nominated for the D&AD Silver Pencil in 2005. Smith’s comedy musical/extended music video ‘What goes up must come down’ starring Charlie Creed Miles (and featuring a cameo from Kathy Burke) won Golden Falcon Award at Ibiza Film festival 2007.
In 2007 Smith directed four episodes of the highly influential drama series ‘Skins’ (Series 1) which helped launch the careers of Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel and Kaya Scodelario. He followed this with six episodes of Charles Dickens’s ‘Little Dorrit’, the multi Emmy award winning mini-series for the BBC and WGHB starring Tom Courtney, Mathew Mcfadden and Claire Foy. In 2010 Smith directed Matt Smith’s opening episode as ‘Doctor Who’, an instant hit with the shows worldwide viewers. Documentaries for Channel 4 include an early portrait of the Grime music scene ‘Wot Do U Call It?’ and ‘A.I.P.S’ which looked at a group of Englishmen who reenact the Vietnam war in Kent.’Ghetto on Sea’ for BBC THREE charted the trials and tribulations of running a pirate radio station.
He has made commercials for Nike (starring Wayne Rooney), The National Lottery, and The Children’s Society. His short film for the Jaguar F type launch starring Damian Lewis premiered at Sundance London 2013.
Released in early 2017, Trespass Against Us (for Film 4/BFI and Lionsgate) starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson marked Smith’s debut as a feature film director.
Spatial-Golding : AV Performance
Sally Golding is known internationally for her expanded cinema performances, her live sets are an edgy and intense exploration of deconstructed vision and sonified lighting. Spatial, her collaborator, uses home coded software and approaches low frequency vibrations with a minimalist’s scalpel, mixing snare grooves and tech house glitches with minimalist drone-and-bass. In an hypnotic opto-sonic live set from the duo, Golding harnesses the frequencies from camera flash units and a laboratory strobe lights to create discordant sonics and harsh lighting while Spatial constructs systems of minimalist vision and lighting through his use of home coded software and an analogue modular synthesiser. Flipping sound and light relationships into polyrhythmic convulsions, the pair create a synthesis of phenomenological optics and acoustics, exploring liveness with banging audiovisual intent.
Scald Process : Black Room
Drawing strength from three very different artistic disciplines, Scald Process is a three-way collaboration between virtuoso violinist Liam Noonan, pianist/modular synth practitioner Eden Grey and audiovisual artist and Combat Records label boss Stormfield. The trio formed when British-Japanese Noonan, who currently studies electronic music production at Guildhall University, met Singapore-born Stormfield while both were working as technicians at Tate Modern. American-born Grey, who’s also currently studying, working on his PhD in Music at Royal Holloway, met the other two through DIY electronic workshops in London. Inspired equally by Autechre, Basinski and Scorn, Scald Process was borne out of dark rooms and pushing the extremes of harmonic noise with a solid sound system discipline, fusing strings, distortion, huge subs and technoid structures.
Darkly beautiful and immersive, Scald Process inhabit what they describe as ‘dystopian sanctuary of shadows, with flashes of melancholic rage and flickers of light’. They blend improvisation of violin, piano and drum machine with subtle textures, seeding visuals that react with sound. Movements are captured via infrared, triggering audiovisual occurrences and modular synthesizers add further layers of sound and visuals.
Matt Black : Pixi App
Pixi – A Granular Visual Synthesiser
Pixi is an iOS app in development, a collab between Coldcut and coders Paul Miller, Amaury Hazan and Chris Rice. Pixi is termed a ‘granular video synthesiser’. It was first prototyped from round 2011 in Quartz Composer as Granul8…making it a qtz meant it could be loaded into modular VJ software VDMX and used for VJing. We then realised it would make a great touch controlled app.
In audio, granular synthesis involves using a small part of a Audio sample, the ‘grain’ as the basis for synthesis. The part of the sample used for the grain can be shuttled up and down the waveform and can be of varying size. By analogy, Pixi uses the concept of Granular Video Synthesis: in Pixi , video synthesis is based on a small part of an IMAGE, typically a photo, and this source sample can be taken from different parts of the image, and change size and aspect ratio. The rectangular sample is combined with a mask image (e.g. circle, star) to yield a Brush. The Brush is then used to draw patterns. If the sample is the size of the entire source picture, then Pixi can function as a basic picture processing/fx app. But there are many ways in which Pixi can produce surprising and interesting visual results from manipulations of the Brush. Particle systems, such as multiple Brushes, are an enhancement to the program which was a bit like going from a mono to a polyphonic synthesiser. Pixi has a sophisticated Patch Matrix, like a modular synth in which Control params e.g. Acceloromoter, LFO, touch control, Perlin noise are assigned to Synth params e.g. brush size, position, alpha, feedback. This enable an infinite number of patches to be constructed, and favourite ones saved. In Spring 2017 we release a player version of Pixi to accompany the Bogus Order album. This provides 10 presets tracked with music from the album.
Work is continuing on Pixi with Amaury Hazen from BCN now in pole coding position. We would like to work with visual artists to take their work as images into Pixi and then design presets based on these images, as a ‘Visual remixing’ process. These could be inapp purchases and so visual artists could earn from Pixi too.
Lucy Sollitt : Mixing Reality
Lucy Sollitt is an art & technology expert & curator. She leads on creative media at Arts Council London developing projects aimed at advancing artistic practice & supporting arts organisations to use & reflect on new technologies. Lucy is also Digital Cultural Content lead at DCMS devising a new strategy for the Culture Minister & has recently written a series of articles on trends in art/tech for British Council. She has curated & produced cultural programmes for Rhizome, Tate Modern, Design for London.
New technologies and online platforms have brought an expansion of creative practice at the intersection of art and technology, from ‘intelligent’ tools and bots, to mixed reality experiences, games and networked performance. Lucy will take us on a whistle stop tour of how artists are using new technologies and reflecting on their human impacts.
Matteø Zamagni : Talk
Originally from Rimini and now based in London, Italian multi-media artist Matteo Zamagni gives a detailed talk on his work. He expresses his art through different platforms, including video direction, interactive installations and real-time and off-line graphics. The root of Zamagni’s projects come from his fascination and ongoing research into the connection between spirituality and science. He explores the boundaries between the physical and the invisible dimensions, the macro and micro scale of matter, the conscious and unconscious mind. Zamagni will introduce his interdisciplinarity work and his ‘behind the scenes’ processes, showing the ideas that drive his outputs.
Attaray Visual : Abstract Cosmos: The Methodology of VJing
Andrea Sztojánovits graduated at the Intermedia and Pedagogy Departments of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest in 2009. Presently, she attends the Doctoral School of the Academy. For more than fifteen years she has been engaged, with one of the frontier fields of digital picture creation: improvisational audio-visual performances, prevalently called VJ (video performer) on both theoretical and practical levels.
The roots of the audiovisual approach go back to the times when the artist, and scientist started dealing with ‘audible’ image and ‘visible’ music. Progressive audiovisual art is built upon the methods and tools of traditional audiovisual technologies, uses the results of classical and contemporary image and music, and keeps up with the daily changing technologies and processes, so as to create vivid and exciting contents. The presentation aim to open the knowledge about thinking methodologies of vjing, how can we discuss it rahter as an expression method than an artform.
Zan Lyons : The Art of Critical Thinking
From Sam Cooke to Nicolette, Morton Subotnick to Francis Ford Coppola, art has always been the natural voice of counter culture. In an age where art is under attack of political tribalism is more divisive than ever, Zan explores how art can once again been an alternative voice to the mainstream.