LWE’s Guide to Alpha-ville Festival 2011

The transition from digital to post-digital is the theme of the third annual Alpha-ville Festival, which takes place September 22-25 in several venues around London. They’ve booked everyone from artists to researchers, architects to coders who are exploring the frontiers of technology, philosophy, art, computing, and media. The festival includes live performances, often with AV components, from exciting audio artists including Andy Stott, Pantha Du Prince, Kangding Ray, and more, as well as film screenings, discussion panels, and workshops. Tickets can be purchased here. LWE has assembled a comprehensive guide to the festival and even want to help you see the Saturday show (ft. Matthew Dear, Jennifer Cardini, Kangding Ray, Max Cooper, Anstam, Emptyset, and Truss) for free. To win a pair of tickets for this event, simply send an email with “ALPHA-VILLE” in the subject line to contest[at]littlewhiteearbuds.com by September 21 at 10am CST. We’ll choose one winner at random from the entries and notify the person via email. Good luck and make sure to check out the guide below.

Thursday, September 22


Svarte Greiner, who plays the opening concert. Photo by Chris Erlbeck

+ Opening Concert
@ Rich Mix / £12.50 / 7pm

Alpha-ville 2011 kicks off with live AV performances from Old Apparatus and Svarte Greiner, as well as a live PA by Jacaszek.

Friday, September 23


Pantha Du Prince, who plays live at XOYO

+ Post-Digital Culture Symposium
@ Rich Mix / £40.00 / 9:30am-5pm

This all-day event brings together a panel of influential artists, thinkers and digital professionals to discuss and debate topics such us the humanization of digital technology, augmented reality and the use of public spaces, digital innovation in arts and culture, the role of the “new artist,” data and social innovation, the future of the web and more. Participants include:

Scott Snibbe: media artist, filmmaker, creative director of Björk’s Biophilia app
Tom Uglow: director of Creative Labs Europe, Google
Filip Visnjic: founder of Creative Applications Network
Drew Hemment: director & founder of FutureEverything and Associate Director of Imagination Lancaster
Bill Thompson: BBC technology writer
Charles Beckett: relationship manager, Digital and Creative Economy, Arts Council London
Olivia Solon: associate editor at Wired
Ronald Carpentier: VP marketing & operations, Layar/Sticktu
Patrick Hussey: digital manager at Arts & Business
Katy Beale: director at Caper & lead producer at Culture Hack
Ben Stevenson: founder of Augmented Reality Cinema
Moritz Stefaner: Information Designer
Keiichi Matsuda: designer and film-maker
Man Bartlett: artist

+ Innovation
@ Netil House / £5 / 12-7pm

Located in the heart of Hackney (on London Fields between Broadway Market and Mare Street), the Innovation Space in Netil House’s warehouse exhibition space features a curated exhibition of installations and interactive artworks, various workshops, discussions, cutting edge music performances, open labs, web experiments and much more. As the main festival hub, the Innovation Space will bring together the various strands explored in this year’s festival. Full schedule here.

+ Live
@ XOYO / £13.50 / 8:30pm-3am

A two room showcase of AV and live PAs, featuring Pantha Du Prince, Jon Hopkins with Dan Tombs, and Illium Sphere in Room 1; Andy Stott and Max Cooper will play live in Room 2.

Saturday, September 24


Kanding Ray, who plays Hearn Street Warehouse

+ Innovation
@ Netil House / £5 / 11-7pm

Located in the heart of Hackney (on London Fields between Broadway Market and Mare Street), the Innovation Space in Netil House’s warehouse exhibition space features a curated exhibition of installations and interactive artworks, various workshops, discussions, cutting edge music performances, open labs, web experiments and much more. As the main festival hub, the Innovation Space will bring together the various strands explored in this year’s festival. Full schedule here.

+ Screening
@ The Vortex / £7 / 12-5pm

A showcase of the latest digital film making trends including short film, animation and documentaries. Screenings curated by Alpha-ville and guest curators including Paul Purgas, Athens Video Art festival and Unit 15’s Bartlett School of Architecture. Events include:

“PressPausePlay,” a film about the digital culture, hopes and fears. 90 minutes.

Unit 15 Bartlett School of Architecture showcase, a talk and screening of selected works of students from one of the most cutting edge design units at Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL).

“Nobody Here” program curated by Paul Purgas, a selection of artists’ moving image exploring themes of culture, identity and ownership in the expanded digital age. These include Al + Al’s Eternal Youth; Daniel Swan’s Lux Daze; Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never)’s Nobody Here; and Paul B Davies’ Compression Study 4.

Alpha-ville 2011 program:

Nicolas Provost, “Stardust” (features cameos by Jon Voigt, Jack Nicholson and the last recorded footage of Dennis Hopper)
David O’Reilly, “The External World”
Carsten Nicolai, “Future Past Perfect pt. 3 (u_08-1)”
Greg Tan, “Mediating Mediums – The Digital 3D”
Eric Schockmel, “The Great Western Singularity”
Michael Please, “The Eagleman Stag”
Timo Arnall, “Wireless in the World”
Markus Kayser, “Solar Sinter”

+ Live
@ Hearn Street Warehouse / £13.50 / 8pm-5:30am

A showcase of live AV sets, DJ sets, and live PAs from Kangding Ray, Emptyset, Anstam, Jennifer Cardini (DJ), Matthew Dear (DJ), and Truss (DJ).

Want to win tickets for this show? See the intro above for more details

Sunday, September 25


Jennifer Cardini, special guest at the Make Music Workshop

+ Innovation
@ Netil House / £5 / 12-6pm

Located in the heart of Hackney (on London Fields between Broadway Market and Mare Street), the Innovation Space in Netil House’s warehouse exhibition space features a curated exhibition of installations and interactive artworks, various workshops, discussions, cutting edge music performances, open labs, web experiments and much more. As the main festival hub, the Innovation Space will bring together the various strands explored in this year’s festival. Full schedule here.

+ Screening
@ Platform Cafe/Bar at Netil House / £7 / 1-5pm

“PressPausePlay,” a film about the digital culture, hopes and fears. 90 minutes.

Athens Video Art Festival compilation collects video works that pose questions marking a starting point for a substantial shift from the surface straight to the core of contemporary societies. Entries include:

Beetroot Designgroup, “Human Error”
Jorinna Scherle, “Tonight”
Westerberg Cecilia, “Cry me a river”
Szabo Balazs, “Rom”
Makiko Fukaya, “Drift”

Spanish Borders is an exhibition that brings together Spanish artists working in audiovisual format from a permeable perspective, where the practice of video art intersects with other disciplines such as film, video games, video or graphic design. Participants and their work include:

Onionlab, “Dream”
Actop, “Golden Shield”
Cesar Pesquera, “Circle One”
Alvaro Perez Posadas, “Amateur”
Alba G. Corral, “Gold Thinkings”
Joaquin Urbina, “Whirling Ceremony”

Alpha-ville Moving Image Competition screens the winners of the 2011 moving image competition in partnership with Vimeo, Little White Lies, Shooting People and Animate Projects. Alpha-ville has invited artists working across all genres including animation (2D, 3D, stop-frame, CGI, motion graphics, etc), fiction, documentary or experimental. With panelists from Ars Electronica, Warp Films, Little White Lies and Hackney Film Festival, this will be an opportunity to discover new talent.

+ Exchange
@ Space Studios / £5 / 12am-5pm

A practical introductory workshop for women wanting to learn creative ways of making and mixing electronic music for dance, mixed-media installations and moving image. Features special guest Jennifer Cardini and instructor Jo Thomas. Space is limited to 15-20 participants.

+ Live
More info TBA.

garfield  on September 14, 2011 at 6:04 AM

Alpha-ville sounds like a great festival, and what’s the best part of it is of course, Pantha du Prince :))))) Keep up the great work guys!

laura  on September 14, 2011 at 6:14 AM

congratulations alpha-ville team ! looks great !

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