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Space Invaders: Art and the Computer Game Environment
FACT explores the increasingly blurred boundaries between videogame spaces and real spaces with an exhibition featuring artists including Bill Viola, Blast Theory, Aram Bartholl, Cao Fei, Ludic Society and more, alongside playable, commercial games that push the limits of the medium. Space Invaders is part of a season of gaming at FACT which includes interactive games events, competitions and a game-themed film programme.
Gallery 1 & 2, Media Lounge, Public Spaces and online, FREE entry
Opening Night 8-Bit Performances
Then follow the 8-bit music over to Chameleon for an afterparty:
Breakfast With The Artists
Join us for breakfast with a selection of Space Invaders artists, who will be in discussion with Neil Thompson, Studio Art Director at Bizarre Creations, formerly of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
More details, including artist biographies, media links and a downloadable 60 minute mix of “some of the best modern chip sounds from the past few years along with a few classics” compiled by Jellica of Kittenrock can be found at the Cybersonica Social website: http://social.cybersonica.org
Wednesday, 23 – Tuesday, 29 September 2009
5 artists – 5 events – 500 miles! (roughly)
With support from Arts Council England, Cybersonica’s Autumn 09 programming included the first outing of the Road Trip – a hectic week of roving activity and collaborative programming that saw a small but select group of invited UK and international artists make a succession of interventions – artist talks, demonstrations, performances, workshops, exhibition, installation etc. – to bridge and contribute to a series of events in London, Leeds and Liverpool.
Road Trippers included:
and Road Trip ‘stopovers’ took in:
For videos from Jens Heinen’s i-Design 09 presentations visit
For additional blogosphere posts and media check out the following links:
The Cybersonica Road Trip was supported by Arts Council England, i-Design 09, Sound and Music’s Expo Leeds, Kinetica Museum, Musion Academy, SoundNetwork and FACT.
Thursday, 24 September 2009, 9am-7.30pm
i-Design 09 is an essential one day conference and showcase for anyone with an interest or passion for interactive design and the digital arts. The programme aims to inspire, entertain and explore how our digital future looks set to unfold and the central role interactive design will take in our cultural, work and social life.
Cybersonica’s contribution to i-Design 09 includes:
It features the following contributing artists, works and collaborators:
with the following schedule:
Short, sharp and shocking artistic and creative interjections into the i-Design Conference programme.
A live re-enactment by MOTH & VC Kristi of Plinth – their recent site-specific audio/visual performance responding to the De la Warr Pavilion as part of the Film Screening by Onedotzero of their recent Adventures in Motion festival’s Wow + Flutter programme and film highlights from Future of Sound artists.
An exhibition of digital interactive artworks and installations, technology showcases and demonstrations that present our unique – and often sonic – viewpoint on the i-Design 09 theme.
For artist biogs, descriptions of works and more detail visit the Programme page.
University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW
More details at:
i-Design 09 is a unique one-day conference at the London Design Festival.
It aims to inspire, entertain and explore how our digital future is shaping up, and what role interactive design will take in our cultural and social life.
A day packed with discussion, debate and demonstration of the best in interactive design and arts, hosted by Nicolas Roope.
With programme strands by 5D, Cybersonica, Onedotzero and Future of Sound.
Get your ticket now …
Cybersonica at i-Design 09
Cybersonica have been regular contributors to i-Design since its inception in 2007 and this year present: ‘Virtually Real’ – an exhibition of digital interactive artworks and installations, technology showcases and demonstrations in the Old Gymnasium; afternoon artist talks in Deep End; ’5D Interludes’ as part of the main conference programme; and live performances as part of the i-Design 09 early evening showcase in the Old Cinema – the oldest cinema in the UK!
These various contributions present our unique – and often sonic – viewpoint on the i-Design 09 theme and how our “daily engagement with interactive stuff has made the inexorable move away from the office and desktop towards an experience that is decidedly in the real world”.
Featured artists and creative agencies include Squidsoup, The Sancho Plan, Soda and Fiddian Warman, Jason Bruges Studio, MOTH, SHOWStudio, Musion Academy, a selection of artistic work presented by Kinetica Museum and TINT and more guest contributors yet to be announced.
Leicester Square Gardens, WC2
More details at:
is a unique sound composition created especially for Leicester Square Gardens by sound artist and musician Martyn Ware which reveals the 3-dimensional sound world that surrounds us at all times in the most fascinating and diverse city in the world.
SoundLife London plays continuously each day between 9am and 7pm. Sonic events occur on the hour, quarter, half, and three-quarter hours.
SoundLife London is an hour long, looped ‘soundscape’ mixing found and collected sounds with an ambient musical composition. It aims to augment the everyday background noise of Leicester Square with subtle melody and musical refrains that appear to float on the wind and distant sounds from the city moving ghostlike around the park.
A variety of sonic themes are introduced at ten minute intervals each hour throughout the day: 00 – Music | 10 – History | 20 – Locations | 30 – Theatre & Film | 40 – Ethnicity | 50 – Wildlife
Making SoundLife London
The London Borough of Westminster’s unique geography and demographic – from city centre to the river, street market to shopping mall, council estate to leafy suburb – provides a unique opportunity for the creators of SoundLife London to work with local residents to include sounds that reflect the makeup of their communities and
Audio clips for SoundLife London have been collected through an outreach and education programme in which a team from Future Of Sound, including musician Lewis Sykes and storyteller Natacha Bryan, ran a series of workshops with participating groups exploring the creative and practical challenges involved in collecting sounds which could be imagined as a ‘sonic postcard’ of their community and integrated into the 3D sound composition.
Participating Westminster Organisations
Barrow Hill Junior School, St John’s Wood
More information about SoundLife London can be found in Westminster Reference Library
Please visit the exhibit in the ibrary, on St Martin’s Street at the south side of Leicester Square, for a full background to the project, and to leave your comments.
SoundLife London has been made possible by
City of Westminster, Arts Council England, Illustrious, Arts Co, Future Of Sound, Audio Boo, Starbucks Coffee, AIG.
Saturday 25th April
Modified Toy Orchestra, The Sancho Plan, Owl Project, Sarah Nicolls & Simon Whetham
An international collective of vanguard musicians, animators and visual artists come together for the Future of Sound – a tour of interactive presentations and performances exploring the latest innovations in experiential art and sound.
Hosted by electronic pioneer Martyn Ware, co-founder of Human League and Heaven 17, the Future of Sound unveils a ground breaking 3D surround sound system. ‘This is the holy grail of audio; 3D sonic imaging that challenges audiences to embrace a new take on experiencing sound.’ says Ware.
Workshop, artist talks, installations and evening concert (please contact Arnolfini Box Office to book tickets)
Workshop – Steve Symons (Owl Project) – Muio workshop - www.muio.org
Artist Talks & Q&A
Chaired by Lewis Sykes, Cybersonica www.cybersonica.org
More details at the Future Of Sound website - www.futureofsound.org.
Produced by Illustrious and Cybersonica. Bristol show co-curated by Blackout Arts.
Part of a weekend of sonic activity at Arnolfini with Interesting Sounds on Sunday, 26th April. Limited early bird ticket with Interesting Sounds event £15 / £10 concs – contact box office for bookings.
Tuesday 24th March
Presented by Future Of Sound, Goldsmiths Screenschool, Sound Practice Research Unit and Centre for Contemporary Music Culture, Illustrious and Sonic Arts Network
SYMPOSIUM ON SYNESTHESIA
Keynote speaker: Andrey Smirnov - asmir.theremin.ru
Presentations from experimental artists, including:
Hosted by Martyn Ware, founder member of The Human League and Heaven 17 and a pioneer in electronic music. Using a ground breaking 3D surround sound system, this multi-sensory show fuses an international collective of cutting edge audiovisual practitioners.
body>data>space - www.bodydataspace.net
More details at the Future Of Sound website - www.futureofsound.org.
Sunday 1st March, 8-10pm
Threep & Vent Media, VC Kristi & Oddscene, Steve Nosurname & Barry Gene Murphy
Cybersonica Social creates a little slice of Cybersonica - London’s annual celebration of music, sound, art and technology – for a brief but enjoyable two hours this Sunday evening at the Kinetica Art Fair.
The seventh in a now somewhat irregular night, the evening features a select line-up of new and previously featured talent including the idiosyncratic granular textures and analogue rhythms of Threepaccompanied by the minimalist visual waveforms of Vent Media; the edgy electronic grooves and live, gutsy vocal FX of VC Kristi with the evolving and surrealist imagery of Oddscene; and the old-skool electro to 8-bit freakouts to drum n’ bass mentalism of Steve Nosurname with the kinetic and potent visuals of moving image artist Barry Gene Murphy.
Kinetica Art Fair, the UK’s first art fair dedicated to kinetic, robotic, sound, light and time-based art opens in London on Friday 27 February – and carnivorous art, man-animal-machine hybrids, mechanical drawing machines, subliminal installations, pole dancing robots, light sculptures and cybernetics are just some of the exhibits to be found there – providing unparalleled opportunities for the public and collectors alike to view and buy work from this thriving international movement and to participate in the programme of talks, workshops and performances.
Longtime Kinetica Museum collaborators, Cybersonica’s contribution to the Art Fair showcases established names and emerging talent who make their own music or audiovisual work using inventive technologies and then perform it live (as opposed to just pressing play in Ableton Live). We strongly recommend progressive electronic music makers, audiovisualisers, digital artists and fans looking for somewhere to meet like-minded people, share ideas and enjoy fresh, vibrant music and performance to come along and check it all out.
For biogs, photos, links, video & downloads visit the Cybersonica Social website < social.cybersonica.org>.