New Media Arts

Digital Redux – Abstract Encounters (Watermans) & Mikro Orchestra (WRO, Poland)

Artist(s): Blanca Regina and Pierre Bouvier Patron
Running Time: Friday 16 September, from 7pm - 9pm (see description for full listing)
Price: FREE (but tickets required)

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Live in Watermans: Abstract Encounters - Blanca Regina and Pierre Bouvier Patron

Duration: 40 min

Abstract Encounters is a new audiovisual performance by Blanca Regina and Pierre Bouvier Patron that explores symbolic gestures, affinity with nature and questions about presence, space and its representation in the digital age. This playful performance is created in real-time with an open score where listening and reaction conjure the art of the moment. Their work pushes the boundaries of traditional audiovisual language, combining multiple media by using analogue and digital techniques, presenting an immersive and dream-like experience for the audience with abstract imagery, films, animation, field recordings, vocal extravaganza and music created with objects.

'The world they create is playfully unreal and mysteriously enchanting’ Phil England ( The Wire, Nov 2020)

Blanca Regina is an interdisciplinary artist, tutor and independent curator based in London who works with spontaneous composition systems using voice, objects, electronics and visuals. She creates films, music, videomapping, design projects and book arts.

With free improviser Steve Beresford and filmmaker Pierre Bouvier Patron, she established Unpredictable Series, focused on explorations in music and visual arts. She has produced three albums with Beresford, mixed and mastered by Dave Hunt in London, ‘What Blue’ (2020), Duets with Steve Beresford; ‘Duets with Blanca Regina, Spontaneous Music’ featuring duets with Leafcutter John, Jack Goldstein, John Butcher, Benedict Taylor, Matthias Kispert, Aneek Thapar, Steve Beresford, Sharon Gal, and Hyelim Kim and and ‘Art of Improvisers’ a compilation (2017). Other collaborations include performances with Leafcutter John, Terry Day, Art Terry, Peter Cusack, Wade Matthews, Matt Black, Sharon Gal, Benedict Taylor, Mandhira de Saram and David Toop.

She has been leading audio-visual performance art and projection mapping workshops plus curated events internationally. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, Sound & Music, BMC, Amexcid, Photo-España and Garage Cube with presentations in the UK at Cafe Oto, Turner Contemporary, Barbican, Tate Modern, The Ceramic House and Centrala. http://www.blancaregina.com

Pierre Bouvier Patron is a visual artist based in London. He is currently working with different media, such as digital video and film, exploring the boundaries between them and creating moving image works, performances, and installations. He has developed many practices and skills in various areas such as experimental film, documentary films, music videos, etc. He has been involved in video screenings and video performances, solo or in collaboration with musicians such as Syd Kemp, Neil’s Children, artist Blanca Regina, and many others. His work has been shown in France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, etc. His latest works include Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers, a series of 12 videos about improvisers in the UK. It also includes extensive participation with collectives such as Unpredictable Series, Strange Umbrellas, and a number of festivals including Sonic Waterloo, Art of Improvisers, Alterations Festivals among others. studiopierre.art


Streamed from WRO, Poland: Mikro Orchestra “PermaNoise”

45 min.

Four “sound operators” during the concert will play or create live, on archaic game consoles, minimalist musical forms. The event will take the form of a jam session – the musical forms will be mixed live by the main “mixer operator”. The whole will be accompanied by original visualization, generated and operated live on three consoles and three projectors by the “image operator”. Mikroorchestra Project, this time not only in a live version, but also in a participatory broadcast version. In addition to the solid dose of musical rave-noise-cheap tune-psychedelia and radical aileron visualizations, typical for Mikro Orchestra, the audience will be able to join the performance thanks to a music application specially prepared by the band and available online - on both sides of the redux wormhole.

BIO

“Imagine combining Donkey Kong with Fatboy Slim… or Tetris with Kraftwerk.” (BBC News)

Mikro Orchestra is a musical ensemble that plays intelligent electronic music using pocket-sized game consoles (such as the GameBoy). The band stylistically refers to the tradition of computers from the 80’s (8-bit computer scene: Commodore 64, Atari, ZX Spectrum, etc.). Apart from playing music, the band creates and develops their own software for VJ-ing (SQJ) and sound (e.g. Bifurcation Synthesizer), intended for game consoles (GameBoy Advance)

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