Who ever said that technology distances us further?
Certainly no one taking part in the 2012 New Forms Festival, which happens this Thursday to Sunday at various venues around Vancouver.
The festival aims to promote Canadian artists who push boundaries in music and multimedia. It brought cutting edge acts like Girl Talk to Vancouver in 2004. Organizers say it's part of a greater movement that explores changing art and provides a venue where artists can grow their craft.
NFF 2012 marks the 12th year for the festival. It will feature performers including California-based dub artist Teebs, Vancouver-based multimedia artist Lief Hall and international electronic producer Kangding Ray.
Which new forms will you engage with this year?
Evy Jane is the downtempo pop project of Vancouver-based musicians Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. Skillfully dizzy beats accompany vocal melodies that telegraph brooding angst as much as fervid psychedelic glee. Where: New Brighton Park When: Sunday, Sept. 16 Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Chambers is a collaboration between Gabriel Saloman and Michael Red, who loosely describe the project as “minimal dub,” initially inspired by Rhythm & Sound. Their tracks are gently driven by heaving rhythms and thundering basslines, sounds which subsist in a gaseous atmosphere somewhere in the hinterlands between ambient and straightforward dub music.
Teebs began his artistic career as a painter before moving into music. With My Hollow Drum he carved out a name for himself in Los Angeles' electronic music scene but he has since gone out on his own, producing beats for music collective Brainfeeder and working under the tutelage of Flying Lotus. Where: The Waldorf Hotel When: Saturday, Sept. 15 Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Actress is a musical artist who uses an "improvisatory process," taking samples and blurring them like "paint splatters and saturated watercolours." He has his own brand of murky techno that you just can't categorize very easily. Where: Centre for Digital Media "Hangar" When: Friday, Sept. 14 Time: 12 a.m. - 1 a.m.
An early member of the minimal techno scene, Daniel Bell has been producing since the '90's. He has produced for DJ's including Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva, and his single "Losing Control" is regarded as an "underground smash." Where: Centre for Digital Media: "Eatart" When: Saturday, Sept. 15 Time: 1:30 a.m. — 4 a.m.
Amir Aziz explores the intersection between art and technology. His installation "Chinna Khana" focuses on the practice of "solitude and contemplation." Launch: Sept. 13 (6 p.m. - 11 p.m.) Open: SEP 14 - 16 (12 - 6PM) With NFF Ticket: Sept. 14 and 15 (9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.)
Vancouver-based performance artist and musician Lief Hall brings "Passage O" to the New Forms Festival. The multimedia video installation turns a hallway into a "surrealistic landscape of sculpted light." Launch: Sept. 13 (6 p.m. - 11 p.m.) Open: Sept. 14 - 16 (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) With NFF Ticket: Sept. 14 & 15 (9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.)
Elisa Ferrari and Paolo Pennuti
Vancouver-based visual artists Elisa Ferrari and Paolo Pennuti have produced "32 Notes On T, IT," a three-channel video project that involves aerial footage shot in an attempt to locate a Vancouver publicist and a missing hiker. Launch: Sept. 13 (6 p.m. - 11 p.m.) Open:Sept. 14 - 16 (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) With NFF Ticket: Sept. 14 & 15 (9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.)
Nicolas Sassoon + Sara Ludy + Sylvain Sailly
The "Wallpapers" collaborative project involves a "catalogue of digital patterns" created by three artists. The patterns are already displayed online at w-a-l-l-p-a-p-e-r-s.net. Launch: Sept. 13 (6 p.m. - 11 p.m.) Open: Sept. 14 - 16 (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) With NFF Ticket: Sept. 14 & 15 (9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.)
Berlin-based electronic music artist Kangding Ray has a vast background in genres including noise-rock and jazz. He merges beats and compositions into "slowly evolving compositions." Where: Centre for Digital Media: "Hangar" When: Saturday, Sept. 15 Time: 11 p.m. - 12 a.m.
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