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Édition 18

Somerset House Studios - Nocturnal City

1:30pm-1:45pm Nocturnal City - Introduction
by Marie McPartlin - Somerset House Studios (UK)

Nocturnal City is a series of events commissioned by Somerset House Studios in London, exploring the state of international nightlife and its influence in pushing the boundaries of underground and wider culture. Curated by Studios resident Estela Oliva, each event features a programme of panels, installations, performances and parties, bringing together artists and professionals from different fields.

From algorithmic dance parties to all-female techno collectives, the first virtual nightclubs to the queer club kids and their audacious fashion; London’s underground, progressive scenes have pushed forward irrespective of spiralling rents, stringent noise restrictions and the prioritisation of property over underground culture. By connecting London with other international cities, Nocturnal City aims to create an exchange with communities around the world to share ideas on the status and development of club culture and related arts.

This special edition of Nocturnal City in collaboration with MUTEK It invites artists and festival participants in Montreal and beyond to join the conversation and celebrate the future of a vibrant culture, with contributions from Studios residents LaTurbo Avedon, Estela Oliva, Paul Purgas, and Studio director Marie McPartlin.

1:45pm-2:45pm PANEL: New Spaces / Emerging Subcultures for Future Cities
Moderated by: Will Straw - McGill University (CA) 
Participants: Anthony Galati - NVA (CA), Oliver Baurhenn - CTM Festival (DE), Danji Buck-Moore - Lagom/The Plant (CA), 
Marie McPartlin - Somerset House Studios (UK)

As spaces for artistic experimentation decrease in urban environments, where else can alternative and independent culture can thrive? Should we look to other models like community-run, crowdfunded spaces as an alternative to for-profit clubs? How can these new spaces foster diversity and inclusion?

This panel explores the role of new institutional models, independent stewards and makers of other spaces in supporting and preserving alternative artistic creation. 

3pm-4pm PANEL: Beyond Sound & Visual Expression: the Present and Future of Audiovisual Practices
Moderated by: Greg J. Smith - HOLO (CA)
Participants: Eliane Ellbogen - Eastern Bloc (CA), Tim Stevens - British Film Institute (UK), Myriam Bleau (CA), Paul Purgas - Emptyset (UK)

The Transmediale 2005 text written by artist Mia Makela redefined the term of live cinema as “the simultaneous creation of sound and image in real-time by sonic and visual artists who collaborate on equal terms and with elaborate concepts”. Since then, many collaborations have emerged and Montréal has acted as a pioneer supporting this art form through its festivals and venues. What is the current status of audiovisual art as an art form? What are the challenges and the opportunities for the future? How can new formats such as “Dome” facilitate new opportunities?  

4:15pm-5:15pm PANEL: Future Realities: How Will Technology Change the Music and Art Experience?
Moderated by: Shane Walter - onedotzero (UK)
Participants: Paloma Dawkins (CA), René Barsalo (CA), Robin McNicholas - Marshmallow Laser Feast (UK)
Catherine Turp - Moment Factory (CA), Sarah Arruda - Jam3 (CA)

How will technology change the music and art experience? With the development of new virtual spaces, the way we experience dance music and night activities might change. From virtual dancefloors to algorithmic DJs, new technologies including VR and 3D simulations in virtual worlds have the potential to redefine the way we experience culture, connecting people from any location as well as challenging the notions of identity and experience.

5:15pm-5:45pm Q&A: Club Rothko Live Demo / Eternity Chat between LaTurbo Avedon (INTERNET) and Estela Oliva (UK)

August 23, 2017 13:30 - 17:45
Free / RSVP required
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