On the evening of March 21st, Future Sessions will take over the Great Hall of the Whitworth Art Gallery with an evening of audiovisual performances featuring local and international artists curated by Sean Clarke of Test Card – the main in-house project at the Northern Quarter’s creative event space, Texture.
Lucas Gutierrez (Berlin)
Joe Beedles (Manchester)
Chromatouch & Coral (UK)
Sean says; “Working with custom-made technological interfaces and found objects as instruments, Seth Scott and Guillaume Dujat will open up the evening with a special performance that embodies a physicality with electronic music, so impressive you won’t be able to take your eyes off them”.
Next up, Chromatouch & Coral will showcase new research in collaboration with Gravitational Wave researchers at University of Birmingham, with a synth connected a Michelson interferometer; not sonifying data, but using direct control voltage information to make music.
Chromatouch [Leon Trimble] is a digital artist who works in audio visual performance, specialising in immersive video and audio synthesis. Coral Manton is an interdisciplinary artist, technologist and researcher at i-dat.org For this piece she has visualised a ripple in spacetime/gravitywave which she will modulate live in Touchdesigner to complete the immersive audio visual performance.”
From a table full of instruments to the depths of computer software, for the next act we have invited along one of the cites most exciting audiovisual performers Joe Beedles. Recently returning from his China residency, Joe has regularly taken part in Test Cards over the last few years, as well as performing at the likes of Algorave and Splice. Exploring ideas surrounding club music abstraction and the threshold between the real and the simulated. Joe’s current focus is in generative systems which explore human/computer improvisation through custom-built Max MSP patches.
Joining these two fantastic local acts, we are extremely excited to be welcoming Argentinean digital artist and industrial designer Lucas Gutierrez. Recently performing at festivals such a MUTEK and Sonar+D, Lucas will focus on blending his own audio compositions with 3D content that he manipulates live through real-time software.
The Test Card project has always put an emphasis on supporting artists with the best lighting and sound production available. Throughout the night the sound will be provided by a special Nova system and a state of the art projection system, there might even be a few extra suprise guests.
Future Sessions is supported by Arts Council England, Innovate UK, Manchester City Council and Manchester Science Partnerships