This week Wellington hosts the first Aotearoa Audio Arts Festival, a dynamic new event involving experimental performances, live electronic music, audiovisual works and sound installations at the City Gallery.
Presented by Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, the two-day festival brings together local and international sound artists and electronic musicians working at the cutting edge of electronic/experimental music and sound art.
Curated by Associate Professor Dugal McKinnon, Deputy Director; Composition and Sonic Arts at the NZSM, the festival aims to showcase forms of musical performance which can connect in new ways with audiences.
Dugal is promising it will be innovative and unpredictable, with a mix of performances and installations that explore the intersection of sound, space and motion.
Festival events include evening concerts at City Gallery Adam Auditorium on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September and a three-day exhibition of sound and audiovisual art at Potocki Paterson Gallery.
Among the acclaimed international artists who feature are:
Nicolas Bernier (Canada) who creates audio visual performances and installations that blend elements of music, photography, design, science, video art, architecture, light design and scenography.
Myriam Bleau (Canada) composer, multimedia artist and performer. Her work ‘Soft Revolvers’ mixes live electronic performance with glowing perspex spinning discs.
Anne La Berge (US/ Netherlands) is a flautist, composer & programmer. Dugal McKinnon describes La Berge as the elder statesperson of experimental performance artist. She makes multimedia works marrying theatre and dance with technology and music.
For more information visit the aaa website