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Tuesday 07 August 2018

Season Of Electronic Music, Audiovisual Installation & Critical Debate To Feature @ Brighton Digital Festival

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton, are a producing partner for Brighton Digital Festival and have announced a curated season brimming with digital art, gigs, installations and a day of critical reflection..

The UK premiere of Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang's Chalkroom (Thursday 4 – Thursday 25 October) will be a focal point in the Brighton Digital Festival events at ACCA.  

In this celebrated VR work, installed in a temporary space outside ACCA, the viewer can attempt to take a solo flight in a virtual world, whilst moving around an enormous structure made of words, drawings and stories.  

Chalkroom has previously been shown at MASS MoCa (USA), the Venice International Film Festival and Taipei Museum of Fine Arts.

Max Cooper and Architecture Social Club present Aether (Friday 5 – Saturday 6 October) a digital installation that plays on our relationship to the forms, sounds and colours all around us. 

London-based Max Cooper has carved out a unique position for himself as an artist, merging electronic music, visual art and science through installations, live audio-visual and immersive sound experiences.  

A live performance by Max within the work takes place on Thursday 4 October and his latest album will be released this summer to coincide with the ACCA events.

Five-time Grammy award nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist, Suzanne Ciani, is one of the most renowned female composers in the world. 

She comes from Los Angeles to ACCA to perform on Monday 8 October. 

Following two sold out shows at Café OTO last year (her first ever performances in London), ACCA has invited Suzanne back for her latest shows in the UK. 

Suzanne will be sharing a double bill with Martin Messier. The Canadian artist will perform Field, a mesmerising audio-visual work using the electromagnetic fields of our environment, from which noise and light compositions emerge.

A second double bill comes from Gaika and Gazelle Twin (Thursday 11 October). 

Experimental yet catchy, Gaika"s work is uncompromising; intent on expanding and exploring the ideas of what contemporary Black British music is. 

Meanwhile, ACCA welcomes Gazelle Twin back to Brighton for what will be an electrifying performance of their new album, Pastoral. 


Expect a masquerade-like use of costume, toying with anonymity and bewitching audiences by masking the surface.

James Holden and the Animal Spirits bring the final concert of the Brighton Digital Festival season at ACCA on Friday October 12. 

Holden's latest live set up includes his custom-made modular synthesizer system coupled with an unlikely supporting cast of brass, wind and live percussion. 

The expansive and transformative psychedelic journey of The Animal Spirits is certainly Holden"s most ambitious work to date – but also his most direct and accessible.

The season of installation and music has been curated by Laura Ducceschi for Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

ACCA will also host Brighton Digital Festival's in-house conference: The Messy Edge. 

The conference, curated by BDF Director Laurence Hill, sits at the more human, less clinical and more interesting version of the 'cutting edge'.  

It aims to unpack some of the social, cultural and political implications of technology and to challenge dominant perspectives. Further details will be announced this month.

For info on all these, and much more, head over to www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk 

by: Mike Cobley




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