16-18 November Coventry, UK

Ludic Rooms’ biennial festival of arts, play and technology returns to venues across Coventry. Performances, exhibitions and workshops in unexpected places with music, dance, visual arts and making for all the family to enjoy and explore together.

Evening Programme

 

Klaus Obermaier

FACELESS_VOICELESS

includes artist talk

WARWICK ARTS CENTRE
FRI 16 NOV 19.30
£15-21

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FACELESS_VOICELESS continues Klaus Obermaier’s long term artistic research into nonverbal communication with facial and corporeal expressions and paralanguage and moreover in the human body as the interface between the real and the virtual, as an object of constant redefinition and reinvention.

Barbara Vuzem’s body and Klaus Obermaier’s face, together with the real-time manipulation of both voice and the live interaction between sound, movement, gestures, and visuals form an immersive environment, where the body talks, the light dances, the face screams, the visuals sound and the voice cracks.

For more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has created innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations. His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theatres throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. He has worked with Ars Electronica Futurelab, Kronos Quartet, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Balanescu Quartet.

Hellion Trace

KICKING THE MIC

ST JOHN’S CHURCH
SAT 17 NOV 17.00
£7 adv (£10 door)

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Kicking the Mic fuses live tap dance, looping and a fully sound reactive LED dress to create a show that is breaking all the rules.Kicking the Mic takes the percussive sounds of tap dance and turns them into samples of different instruments from flutes to cellos to tablas. The dancer loops and layers these sounds, creating danced compositions. It is combined with an LED dress that lights up and changes colour to the live sounds. This creates a visual score to the music and dance, worn by the performer.

Hellion Trace have won multiple awards for digital innovation and specialise in Augmented Dance: the fusion between movement and technology. Resident at the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol, they create interactive installations and spectacles that have been commissioned worldwide including USA, Brazil, Ireland, Croatia, Europe, India, and Indonesia.

Graham Dunning

MECHANICAL TECHNO

with special guests
SWOOMP THEENG

THE TIN
SAT 17 NOV 20.00
£7 adv (£10 door)

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In Mechanical Techno, several looping records spin on the same axle, layering up locked groove records, audio triggers to analogue synths, mechanically played percussion and mechanically triggered drum machines.

“If the trend in recent dance music has been to artfully engineer a certain wonkiness into an otherwise strict digital framework, Dunning has found the appeal of the precise reverse: struggling to maintain grid-like rigidity in a system inherently antagonistic to it.” – Wire Magazine, August 2015

Graham Dunning is self-taught as an artist and musician having studied neither discipline academically. His live work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects.

Day Programme

 

fanSHEN

THE JUSTICE SYNDICATE

Study Inn, Corporation St.
SAT 17 NOV 12.00 & 15.00
SUN 18 NOV 12.00 & 15.00
£5 adv

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FACELESS_VOICELESS continues Klaus Obermaier’s long term artistic research into nonverbal communication with facial and corporeal expressions and paralanguage and moreover in the human body as the interface between the real and the virtual, as an object of constant redefinition and reinvention.

Barbara Vuzem’s body and Klaus Obermaier’s face, together with the real-time manipulation of both voice and the live interaction between sound, movement, gestures, and visuals form an immersive environment, where the body talks, the light dances, the face screams, the visuals sound and the voice cracks.

For more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has created innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations. His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theatres throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. He has worked with Ars Electronica Futurelab, Kronos Quartet, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Balanescu Quartet.

MI:labs

Nature / Future

Belgrade Plaza
SAT 17 NOV 12.00 – 17.00
SUN 18 NOV 12.00 – 17.00
Free

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FACELESS_VOICELESS continues Klaus Obermaier’s long term artistic research into nonverbal communication with facial and corporeal expressions and paralanguage and moreover in the human body as the interface between the real and the virtual, as an object of constant redefinition and reinvention.

Barbara Vuzem’s body and Klaus Obermaier’s face, together with the real-time manipulation of both voice and the live interaction between sound, movement, gestures, and visuals form an immersive environment, where the body talks, the light dances, the face screams, the visuals sound and the voice cracks.

For more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has created innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations. His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theatres throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. He has worked with Ars Electronica Futurelab, Kronos Quartet, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Balanescu Quartet.

Synth
Curious

The Herbert
SAT 17 NOV 12.00 – 15.00
Free

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FACELESS_VOICELESS continues Klaus Obermaier’s long term artistic research into nonverbal communication with facial and corporeal expressions and paralanguage and moreover in the human body as the interface between the real and the virtual, as an object of constant redefinition and reinvention.

Barbara Vuzem’s body and Klaus Obermaier’s face, together with the real-time manipulation of both voice and the live interaction between sound, movement, gestures, and visuals form an immersive environment, where the body talks, the light dances, the face screams, the visuals sound and the voice cracks.

For more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has created innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations. His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theatres throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. He has worked with Ars Electronica Futurelab, Kronos Quartet, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Balanescu Quartet.

Centre for Dance Research

WHOLODANCE

Shop Front Theatre
SAT 17 NOV 12.00 – 17.00
Free

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FACELESS_VOICELESS continues Klaus Obermaier’s long term artistic research into nonverbal communication with facial and corporeal expressions and paralanguage and moreover in the human body as the interface between the real and the virtual, as an object of constant redefinition and reinvention.

Barbara Vuzem’s body and Klaus Obermaier’s face, together with the real-time manipulation of both voice and the live interaction between sound, movement, gestures, and visuals form an immersive environment, where the body talks, the light dances, the face screams, the visuals sound and the voice cracks.

For more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has created innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations. His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theatres throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. He has worked with Ars Electronica Futurelab, Kronos Quartet, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Balanescu Quartet.

SWOOMP THEENG

THA DAANCE MAAST

Lower Precinct
SAT 17 NOV 13.00 & 14.30
Free

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FACELESS_VOICELESS continues Klaus Obermaier’s long term artistic research into nonverbal communication with facial and corporeal expressions and paralanguage and moreover in the human body as the interface between the real and the virtual, as an object of constant redefinition and reinvention.

Barbara Vuzem’s body and Klaus Obermaier’s face, together with the real-time manipulation of both voice and the live interaction between sound, movement, gestures, and visuals form an immersive environment, where the body talks, the light dances, the face screams, the visuals sound and the voice cracks.

For more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has created innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations. His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theatres throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. He has worked with Ars Electronica Futurelab, Kronos Quartet, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Balanescu Quartet.

Matthew Evans

THE LUNAR SOUNDSCAPE

Belgrade Plaza
SAT 17 NOV 13.00 & 14.30
Free

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FACELESS_VOICELESS continues Klaus Obermaier’s long term artistic research into nonverbal communication with facial and corporeal expressions and paralanguage and moreover in the human body as the interface between the real and the virtual, as an object of constant redefinition and reinvention.

Barbara Vuzem’s body and Klaus Obermaier’s face, together with the real-time manipulation of both voice and the live interaction between sound, movement, gestures, and visuals form an immersive environment, where the body talks, the light dances, the face screams, the visuals sound and the voice cracks.

For more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has created innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations. His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theatres throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. He has worked with Ars Electronica Futurelab, Kronos Quartet, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Balanescu Quartet.

Fernando Ramallo & David Kanaga

PANORAMICAL

Shop Front Theatre
SAT 17 NOV 12.00 – 17.00
SUN 18 NOV 12.00 – 14.00
Free

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FACELESS_VOICELESS continues Klaus Obermaier’s long term artistic research into nonverbal communication with facial and corporeal expressions and paralanguage and moreover in the human body as the interface between the real and the virtual, as an object of constant redefinition and reinvention.

Barbara Vuzem’s body and Klaus Obermaier’s face, together with the real-time manipulation of both voice and the live interaction between sound, movement, gestures, and visuals form an immersive environment, where the body talks, the light dances, the face screams, the visuals sound and the voice cracks.

For more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has created innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations. His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theatres throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. He has worked with Ars Electronica Futurelab, Kronos Quartet, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Balanescu Quartet.

Fab Lab Coventry

WEARABLES

Fab Lab Coventry
SAT 17 NOV 12.00 – 17.00
Free

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FACELESS_VOICELESS continues Klaus Obermaier’s long term artistic research into nonverbal communication with facial and corporeal expressions and paralanguage and moreover in the human body as the interface between the real and the virtual, as an object of constant redefinition and reinvention.

Barbara Vuzem’s body and Klaus Obermaier’s face, together with the real-time manipulation of both voice and the live interaction between sound, movement, gestures, and visuals form an immersive environment, where the body talks, the light dances, the face screams, the visuals sound and the voice cracks.

For more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has created innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations. His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theatres throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. He has worked with Ars Electronica Futurelab, Kronos Quartet, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Balanescu Quartet.

Popup Interactive Board Game Cafe

Shop Front Theatre
SUN 18 NOV 15.00 – 18.00
£2 (door)
or Free with any other paid festival ticket

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FACELESS_VOICELESS continues Klaus Obermaier’s long term artistic research into nonverbal communication with facial and corporeal expressions and paralanguage and moreover in the human body as the interface between the real and the virtual, as an object of constant redefinition and reinvention.

Barbara Vuzem’s body and Klaus Obermaier’s face, together with the real-time manipulation of both voice and the live interaction between sound, movement, gestures, and visuals form an immersive environment, where the body talks, the light dances, the face screams, the visuals sound and the voice cracks.

For more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has created innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations. His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theatres throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. He has worked with Ars Electronica Futurelab, Kronos Quartet, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Balanescu Quartet.

Workshop Programme

 

Coral Manton & Birgitt Aga

WOMEN RECLAIMING AI FOR ACTIVISM

The Herbert
SAT 17 NOV 10.30
Free (booking required)

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FACELESS_VOICELESS continues Klaus Obermaier’s long term artistic research into nonverbal communication with facial and corporeal expressions and paralanguage and moreover in the human body as the interface between the real and the virtual, as an object of constant redefinition and reinvention.

Barbara Vuzem’s body and Klaus Obermaier’s face, together with the real-time manipulation of both voice and the live interaction between sound, movement, gestures, and visuals form an immersive environment, where the body talks, the light dances, the face screams, the visuals sound and the voice cracks.

For more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has created innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations. His inter-media performances and artworks are shown at festivals and theatres throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. He has worked with Ars Electronica Futurelab, Kronos Quartet, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Balanescu Quartet.

Ludic Rooms

MI:labs

City Centre Venue
SAT 17 NOV 17.00
Free (drop-in)

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Kicking the Mic fuses live tap dance, looping and a fully sound reactive LED dress to create a show that is breaking all the rules.Kicking the Mic takes the percussive sounds of tap dance and turns them into samples of different instruments from flutes to cellos to tablas. The dancer loops and layers these sounds, creating danced compositions. It is combined with an LED dress that lights up and changes colour to the live sounds. This creates a visual score to the music and dance, worn by the performer.

Hellion Trace have won multiple awards for digital innovation and specialise in Augmented Dance: the fusion between movement and technology. Resident at the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol, they create interactive installations and spectacles that have been commissioned worldwide including USA, Brazil, Ireland, Croatia, Europe, India, and Indonesia.

Graham Dunning

MECHANICAL TECHNO WORKSHOP

The Herbert
SUN 18 NOV 13.00
£10

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In Mechanical Techno, several looping records spin on the same axle, layering up locked groove records, audio triggers to analogue synths, mechanically played percussion and mechanically triggered drum machines.

“If the trend in recent dance music has been to artfully engineer a certain wonkiness into an otherwise strict digital framework, Dunning has found the appeal of the precise reverse: struggling to maintain grid-like rigidity in a system inherently antagonistic to it.” – Wire Magazine, August 2015

Graham Dunning is self-taught as an artist and musician having studied neither discipline academically. His live work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects.

Past contributors...

 
Phoenix Perry
Dan Hett
Bare Conductive
Tom Armitage
Entropika Lab
Antonio Roberts
Juneau Projects
Nikki Pugh
Katie Day
Anthea Moys
Sam Howey Nunn
Leila Johnston
Debbie Adele Cooper
Melissa Mean (KWMC)
Pete Ashton
Sandra Crisp
Victoria Tillotson
George Buckenham
NEON
Edie Jo Murray

Random String is produced by Ludic Rooms, a non-profit postdigital arts organisation. We believe in empowering communities to become co-creators of work, in collaborating with partners across disciplines and demystifying the use of technologies as creative material.

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