lovebytes international festival of digital art, sheffield, march 14-16 2002

new commissions: ..................................................................................................................

 

15-18 March: Genitron : Interactive DVD Installation : The Long Gallery, Millennium Galleries ------------------------()

Butler Brothers

Artist: Butler Brother
Times: Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-17.00

Genitron is an interactive installation employing spoken word, electronic tonalities and abstract visuals. It is an exploration of the capabilities of the DVD medium.

The installation consists of single screen video projection with a surround sound composition. A simple push button array is the user's interface with the Genitron environment. With this the user can navigate and combine the various elements that comprise Genitron. They may do this in a semi-random manner to compose their own experience.

Voice: Ian Sexton

www.bcreatures.com/gen/

Commissioned by Lovebytes in partnership with the Studio of the North, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Regional Arts Lottery Programme.

 

14-21 March: Omnipresence ver.5 : Sound Installation : Sheffield Independent Film Studio ------------------------()

Haruo Ishii

Artist: Haruo Ishii
Times: Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat 11.00-16.00

This work consists of roughly 550 motors which make music by ringing bells while light-emitting diodes (LED) flash on and off in the darkness.

The bells and light-emanating diodes are placed at varying heights and locations surrounding the one experiencing them. The bells are made of copper and brass pipes, making sounds and producing music from the striking of a wooden ball driven by a computer-controlled motor. The lights flash on and off by motor in synchronisation with the music.

www.land-net.co.jp/~stone/

Commissioned by Lovebytes, funded by Yorkshire Arts.

 

14-21 March Bubbles : Interactive Multimedia Installation : Persistence Works ------------------------()

Wolfgang Muench and Furukawa Kiyoshi

Artists: Wolfgang Muench and Furukawa Kiyoshi
Times: Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat 11.00-16.00

The multi-user installation 'Bubbles' enables participants to interact with the real-time simulation of floating bubbles. By entering the light beam of the data projector, the participant throws a cast-shadow onto the projection screen. The screen area is captured by a video input system and each bubble is able to independently recognise both the shadows' touch and its direction.

Defined as autonomous objects, the bubbles' behaviour and their response to any user-interaction follows a set of simulated physical laws. Both the overall state of the complex system and the shadows' interaction with the bubbles create non-linear musical structures, that are generated in real-time utilising a midi interface and midi synthesiser.

www.merz-akademie.de/~wolfgang.muench/bubbles/main.html

Commissioned by Lovebytes and funded by the Regional Arts Lottery Programme.

 

16 March The Freefactory : Audio / Visual Performance : Showroom Cinema ------------------------()

Freeform

Artists: Freeform and Matt Pyke
Time: 20.45 16 March

The Freefactory is a software based live audio / visual improvisation tool for performance whereby each musical gesture is represented graphically.

When real-world acoustic sounds are digitally sampled they lose the link they once had to the physical object which produced them. In the performance of electronic based music this relationship is therefore usually removed by default. The Freefactory interface bridges this gap by creating visual representations of electronically transformed real-world sounds. A visual interface for triggering, transforming, and structuring sound is the focal point for live performance. Each compositional gesture is viewed as well as heard, and associations are forged between particular sounds and images. The visuals do not represent the physical object from which a particular sound was derived but rather graphic shapes and colours which reflect the texture, pitch, or dynamics of a sound.

www.freefarm.co.uk

Commissioned by Lovebytes in partnership with the Studio of the North with Regional Arts Lottery Funding through Yorkshire Arts.

 

14&15 March: Amen ICA Cinema : Digital Short Film : Showroom Cinema ------------------------()

Steve Hawley

Artist: Steve Hawley
Times: 14.30 15 March / 16.00 16 March

A ten-minute palindromic video, that explores the magical power and absurdity of things that go forwards and backwards.

Producer Kim Bour
Camera Andy Moore

Commissioned by Lovebytes in partnership with the Studio of the North, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Regional Arts Lottery Programme and Sheffield Hallam University.

 

18.00: We Edit Life : Digital Short Film : Showroom Cinema ------------------------()

Artist: People Like Us
Times: 14.30 15 March / 16.00 16 March

An exploration into the world of cut and paste collage by Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us), recontextualising found footage with a surrealistic edge. Never standing still, People Like Us take you on a journey through layers to the centre of your imagination.

Film content sourced from the Prelinger Archives (US) using international documentary/industrial/educational film footage from the past 60 years, captured and edited on a laptop computer.

www.peoplelikeus.org
www.archive.org

Commissioned by Lovebytes in partnership with the Studio of the North, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Regional Arts Lottery Programme.

 

14-15 March: Soft Ocean Hotel : Digital Short Film : Showroom Cinema ------------------------()

Alex Peverett

Artist: Alex Peverett
Times: 14.30 15 March / 16.00 16 March

"Soft Ocean Hotel" is a computer generated, raster-based, abstract "video music" composition exploring the creation and motion of a variety of pixelated textures, patterns, gradients and "colour rhythms" fused with electronic audio.

Commissioned by Lovebytes in partnership with the Studio of the North, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Regional Arts Lottery Programme.

 
 
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15-16 March: Apple Creative Technology Workshops : Showroom 5 ------------------------()

Following on from the morning presentations, Making DV and DIY DVD
Apple will be offering hands-on DV workshops and a chance to record your own DVD.
* Supported by Apple UK

 

14-15 March: Lego Studio : Workshop : Showroom 5 ------------------------()

Lego's range of toys and educational products give many people their first experience of using creative systems using component technologies. The Lego Film Studio offers anyone the chance to learn how to make an animated film in 30 minutes.
* Supported by Lego
 
 
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14-15 March: the Showroom / Persistence Works / BBC Multimedia Zone ------------------------()

This year we are presenting a selection of new and seminal digital works using interactive multimedia and the internet, including additional work from Lovebytes commissioned artists: Work Group Alpha by the Butler Brothers and Small Fish by Wolfgang Muench, Kiyoshi Furukawa and Masaka Fujihata. There's a chance to view screenings of DepicT! 90 second film competition finalists from Bristol's Brief Encounters (see www.depict.org for 2003 entry details). These can be found at various locations around the Showroom. Also the Showroom Box Office will feature interactive work by international artists including John Maeda, Re:Move and Servovalve.