L.E.V. 2016 announces first names for the 10th edition of the Laboratory of Visual Electronics. 10th Anniversary.
The Laboratory of Visual Electronics, the International Festival of Audiovisual Creation of Gijón, returns in its 10th edition to occupy the different venues of the Laboral City of Culture and the Botanic Garden of Gijón.
L.E.V. is a co-produced initiative by the Government of the Principado de Asturias, the Gijon City Council and LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre and the Asturian collective Datatron. The festival will be held on 28th, 29th, 30th April and 1st of May and it will feature some of the most interesting and daring proposals in the field of international sound and visual creation.
Monolake, Robert Lippok, Myriam Bleau, Hiroaki Umeda, Paul Jebanasam & Tarik Barri, Ametsub and Sunny Graves are the first names confirmed in a programme which focuses on highlighting impacting audiovisual projects and artists that transcend genres and labels.
RE-ENCOUNTER · MONOLAKE, ROBERT LIPPOK AND AMETSUB
Ten years on. Ten editions of the Laboratory of Visual Electronics, which has counted on artists and projects that have allowed us to live unforgettable experiences. The festival intends to look back over the past editions and relive some of these moments with artists such as Monolake, Robert Lippok and Ametsub, who will present their latest work.
Monolake (Robert Henke), after having contributed to the music world with works of art like Hongkong, Interstate or Polygon cities, he is still one the most attractive projects in the world of electronic Music, continuously worried about how the sound may define a physical and mental space and get out the limits of the club.
Monolake made his first appearance at L.E.V. in 2008. He performed live along with Deadbeat and gave a workshop focused on Ableton Live. In this edition, he returns to present his new work, in one of his rare live performances in Surround format, which will be full of unreleased material, some of it especially designed for L.E.V. anniversary.
Ametsub left us speechless with his performance back in 2011. That was the first time the festival was scheduling outdoors activities in daytime, at a special location such as the Botanical Gardens of Gijón. Right there, Robert Lippok offered the audience an unforgettable live performance full of rhythm and positive energy.
Robert Lippok is one of the most influential artists of the last 25 years on the Berlin scene. He is a founding member of the mythical To Rococo Rot, one of the most beloved projects by experimental music fans of all times that have successfully managed to break the boundaries between post-rock and electronic music. In this edition of L.E.V. he will present his latest work, which will be released earlier in the year in raster-noton platform, in collaboration with Klara Lewis (Editions Mego) and Dodo Nkishi, drummer with the great Mouse on Mars.
Deep sounds, drums, minimalism, white noise, marimbas and wooden sticks found on his walks, combined with the piano to create a dense atmosphere that sculpts nearly palpable melodies. Those unique sounds characterize the work of Robert Lippok, a magnificent example of XXI digital romanticism.
Akihito Saitoh, known as Ametsub, is a young musician from Tokyo. He has managed to astound the very Ryuichi Sakamoto, who referred to Ametsub’s last album The Nothings of the North as the best album of 2009. Ametsub and Sakamoto had collaborated on several occasions.
The press has said of him that he is capable of transforming the urban blues sound, the chill of daily life in Tokyo in a seamless progression of electronic nostalgia. Instrumental hip hop, clicks n ‘cuts, contemporary music, everything is absorbed and processed by Ametsub, spinning some songs which reflect that Akihito, the pianist, has what they call “the magic”.
AUDIOVISUAL PERFORMANCES: NEW COORDINATES
Throughout its history, the L.E.V. programme was highlighted by renowned audiovisual performance.
In this anniversary edition, the works of the young Canadian artist, Myriam Bleau, and Japanese Hiroaki Umeda / S20 will show us off what ́s going on in the audiovisual performance avant-garde.
Montreal native Myriam Bleau is one of the most promising artists in the international scene. Composer, digital artist and performer, she explores the limits between musical performance and digital arts, creating audiovisual systems that go beyond the screen. Her presence on the popular music scene is influenced by her practices which integrate hip hop, techno and pop elements. Her work has been presented and recognized internationally: Prix Ars Electronica 2015 (AT), Elektra (CA), Transmediale (DE), Sonica (UK), Scopitone and Nemo Biennale (FR).
She presents two audiovisual performances, her acclaimed Soft Revolvers and the out-of- residency european avant-premiere of her new work, autopsy.glass, the result of a two week residency in Laboral Art Centre auspiced by the International Network ENCAC, of which L.E.V. forms part, along with other international festivals such as CTM Festival, Ars Electronica, Resonate, Elektra, Le lieu Unique, LABoral…
Hiroaki Umeda is a multidisciplinary artist who works as a choreographer and audiovisual creator. His work is both minimal and radical, subtle and violent, and is created to be “experienced” in a direct manner. The perfect equation between movement and new technologies. For longer than a decade, from his S20 company, he has explored the interceptions between body and mind, senses, spaces and time in his choreographies and installations.
The impressive performance Holistic Strata, leaves nobody indifferent. Umeda combines the physical aspect of the dance with digital abstractions, experimental techno and sound landscapes in a holistic living organism in which all movements transcendentally coalesce into a harmony. Immersed in this harmonious world the audience ́s senses are challenged to the limit: to experience sensations preceding the materialization of emotions.
AUDIOVISUAL LIVES: ABYSSAL SOUND
The most intense and darkest rhythms will be present in L.E.V. 2016 by Paul Jebanesam & Tarik Barri, one of the most fascinating projects at the moment, on the edge between the dark ambient, metal and industrial music and Sunny Graves, who will unveil his new live performance in the Laboratoy of Visual Electronics.
Paul Jebanasam, besides being one of the persons responsible for the label Subtext, is one of the most interesting creators on experimental sound nowadays.
His impressive new work, Continuum, emerges as a crystallised vision deploying sound to explore the spectrum of life, power and energy present in the universe. The compositions adopt the central premise of mirroring celestial events or cellular behaviour, fusing these with a defiant tonal grandeur and an ever-present sense of chaos.
Tarik Barri is responsible for providing image to this audiovisual experiment. He is also the mastermind behind this praised visual compositions by Thom Yorke, Atoms for Peace, Nicolas Jaar o Monolake.
Paul Jebanasam and Tarik Barri’s Continuum show was as sonically impressive as well as visually astounding and it supposed a personal universe whose aim is examining whether the conditions that support life and the digital and atomic mechanisms that surround it can continue to work together as one ecology in the face of dynamic and unpredictable change.
Sunny Graves is a project by Simon Williams, an artist based in Barcelona since 2002. Currently, he is working on his second project as Sunny Graves which will be released by the Barcelona label Disboot.
At L.E.V. he will introduce his latest work with visuals created by Ariadna Serrahima and No-Domain, based mainly on abstract compositions of video fragments in black and white which seek to further stress the importance of contrast in a project greatly inspired by the confrontation between the subtlety and abrasiveness, light and its absence. An exploratory experience at a mental and bodily level.
L.E.V. 2016 | LABORATORY OF VISUAL ELECTRONICS
Gijon ́s X International Festival of Audio-visual Creation · X Anniversary
Monolake Surround 2016 (Imbalance Computer Music, De)
Robert Lippok presents “Sky Machine” (raster-noton, De)
Myriam Bleau: “Soft revolvers” / “autopsy:glass” (Ca)
Hiroaki Umeda: “Holistic Strata” (Jp)
Paul Jebanasam & Tarik Barri present “Continuum live A/V” (Subtext Recordings) (Uk / Nl)
Ametsub (Nothings66 / Blueberry Recordings) (Jp)
Sunny Graves A/V (Disboot / Modern Obscure Music) (Es)