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First Annual Creative York Symposium: Creative Technology in Public Spaces - Where Technology and Culture Meet

Time_ Thursday 12.45 - 16.30
Where_ National Centre for Early Music
Tickets_ Required, click here for more details
Enquiries_ 01904 554433

This, the first Creative York Symposium, will be exploring the relationships between public spaces and contemporary digital arts. This will be a unique opportunity to learn about the latest thinking in the application of digital art and technology to public issues. The symposium will feature leading international speakers who will be sharing their experiences on architecture, planning and public perception issues as part of an interactive workshop session.

Advanced booking required. For further information and a fax back booking form please click here (pdf)

Hylo

Time_ Thursday 10:00 - 17.30
Time_ Saturday and Sunday 11.00 - 17.30
Where_ Impressions Gallery
Tickets_ Free Entry

Andy Eccleston and Ron Wright combine image and sound to create haunting digital installations that immerse the viewer into quiet requiems for the death of an orchestra, an instrument and for the voice of the opera.

Commissioned by Opera North in partnership
with the Bonington Gallery.

Hexadecimal

Time_ Thursday - Friday 10.00 - 17.30
Time_ Saturday - Sunday 11.00 - 17.30
Where_ Impressions Gallery
Tickets_ Free Entry

Reflecting the diverse ways in which digital technology can be used to create personal imagery, Hexadecimal showcases the work of three photography students from York College.
This exhibition of photography and film includes the construction of a new written language, a road movie, and the perils of drinking too much coffee.

In This, I Stand Alone

Time_ 24/7
Where_ www.sightsonic.com

Who is Theodore Moorcock? Using the multiple choices a web site offers, an unusual life story unfolds through the decisions made by the reader. An interactive web story by artist and writer, James Rose.

Pedestrian

Time_ Thursday - Sunday 18.00 - 06.00
Where_Outside the Pyramid Gallery, Stonegate, City Centre
Tickets_ Free Entry

In collaboration with the York Renaissance Project, SightSonic presents Pedestrian, a public artwork by Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar. Projected onto the pavement, Pedestrian features small figures, which congregate and disperse in a random fashion. These figures stand, watch, walk, meet and sometimes run within the projection.
www.kaiserworks.com

This piece of artwork is supported by the York Renaissance Project, through funding from Yorkshire Forward

Griots t' Garage - A Musical History of The African Diaspora
Dennis Rollins with Yeast Multimedia

Time_ Thursday 20.00 - 23.00
Where_ Temple Hall
Tickets_ 10/6
Enquiries_ 01904 658338

Developing his solo performance from SightSonic 2002 in collaboration with Yeast Multimedia, acclaimed Jazz musician and composer Dennis Rollins continues to combine sampling technology and improvisation to create a musical journey charting the development of Black music.
www.dennisrollins.com

A Black History Month Event.

ConsortEM

Time_ Friday 10.30 - 13.00
Where_ National Centre for Early Music
Tickets_ Free Entry, Booking required
Enquiries_ 01904 658338

A project to tie digital technology to Renaissance and Baroque music, combining professional musicians with young people with special educational needs. An update event on a project launched at SightSonic 2002, with a performance by Sirinu and some of the young people from Northfield School.

*booking required

Sightsonic Hub

Time_ Friday to Sunday 11.00 - 17.00
Where_ Guildhall
Tickets_ Free Entry

New to digital art? New to SightSonic? In need of some information or guidance?

Then visit the Hub, the central information point for this year's festival. Here you will be able to find out about what is taking place each day as well as seeing what has already happened!

Artist Talk 1

Time_ Friday 11.00 - 12.00
Where_ Sightsonic Hub
Tickets_ Free Entry
Artist Talk_ Dennis Rollins

Acclaimed British jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins will be examining the role of sample technology used within his solo project Griots t' Garage, looking at how the sample merges with electronic beats to construct the soundscape backdrop of his exploration of Black music.
www.dennisrollins.com

A Black History Month Event.

Desktop Digital Art

Time_ Friday 11.00 - 23.00
Where_ City Screen Bar

Interactive desktop sound, art and animation based work; drop in and play or just observe.

Digital Drop In Session

Time_ Friday 11.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 16.00
Where_ Sightsonic Hub
Tickets_ Free Entry

Drop in Session_ Clive Tonge

Digital animator Clive Tonge will be discussing all aspects of digital animation, demonstrating and discussing various styles of animation and the software applications used to create them.

Tips from Clive Tonge

Digital Drop In Session

Time_ Friday 11.00 - 13.00
Time_ Friday 14.00 - 16.00
Where_ Sightsonic Hub
Tickets_ Free Entry

Drop in Session_ Mark Fell

Known for his precision beats and digitally produced performance and installations, Mark Fell will be on hand to discuss the creation and manipulation of sounds as well as discussing and demonstrating a range of digital applications.

Hylo Education Project - Intervention

Time_ Friday 13.30 - 14.30
Where_ National Centre For Early Music
Tickets_ Free Entry

Inspired by Andy Eccleston and Ron Wright's exhibition Hylo (Impressions Gallery), pupils from three York secondary schools have created digital sound responses to the artist's video works. The pupils were given a unique opportunity to work with original artist's films and to alter these works through sound and musical interventions responding to the visual imagery, emotions and moods.

A live multimedia performance of video projections and sound will be given by the pupils involved with the project.

Artist Talk 2

Time_ Friday 14.00 - 15.00
Where_ Sightsonic Hub
Tickets_ Free Entry
Artist Talk_ Rommi Smith

Renowned poet Rommi Smith will be discussing, from the perspective of a traditional artist, how the evolution of digital technology has influenced the creative process and the way in which artists collaborate.
www.rommi-smith.co.uk

A Black History Month Event.

The Voice

Time_ Friday 19.30 - 20.30
Where_ Music Research Centre
Tickets_ £8 / £5
Enquiries_ 01904 432439

Renowned performance poet Rommi Smith joins with musicians and video artists to perform a live multimedia project expressing what it means to have a voice in the 21st century.

The performance will fuse live performance poetry, live art, film, electronic music and vocal sampling to explore the social, political, cultural and historical concepts of the voice.
www.rommi-smith.co.uk
www.thesoundmill.co.uk

A Black History Month Event.

How to find The Voice

Soiree

Time_ Friday 21.00 - 01.00
Where_ Impressions Gallery
Tickets_ TBC
Enquiries_ 01904 658338

Another glittering evening of interactive entertainment to celebrate this year's festival.

Featuring a performance by Exceeda, whose audiovisual set will incorporate live imagery, short films and music videos. There will also be a noWax slot, featuring the best northern iPod dj's and an opportunity for guest dj's to be picked from the audience, so don't forget your iPod!
www.nowax.co.uk
www.exceeda.co.uk

Digital Drop In Session

Time_ Saturday 11.00 - 13.00
Time_ Saturday 14.00 - 16.00
Where_ Sightsonic Hub
Tickets_ Free Entry

Drop in Session_ Ed Poxon

Ed Poxon, sculptor and 3D digital artist, will be demonstrating how 3D design software can be used to create interactive virtual environments and objects.

Tips from Ed Poxon

Artist Platform Expo

Time_ Saturday 11.00 - 15.00
Where_ Temple Hall
Tickets_ Free Entry

Continuing on from last year's successful platform, emerging artists from around the nation have been invited to exhibit their most recent digital artworks. Expect the lo-fi to the meet the sci-fi in this eclectic mix from the digital domain.

More Info

Artist Talk 3

Time_ Saturday 11.00 - 12.00
Where_ Sightsonic Hub
Tickets_ Free Entry

Artist Talk_ Francisco Lopez

Sound artist Francisco López will discuss his perspective on the work with sound environments, in the context of social and cultural changes in the concepton of music and sound work over the last two decades, and in relation to the influence of the real world as a source of sonic material and inspiration for the creation of immersive environments.
www.franciscolopez.net

Digital Drop In Session

Time_ Saturday 11.00 - 13.00 +
Time_ Saturday 14.00 - 16.00
Where_ Sightsonic Hub
Tickets_ Free Entry

Drop In Session_ Peter Heaton

Having exhibited collaborative works during previous SightSonic festivals, regional artist Peter Heaton will be using a range of image manipulation applications and processes to explore the creative possibilities of digital imagery, ranging from the demonstration of basic techniques to more complex digital montages as well as exploring the hardware related to these processes.

Fluid Arts Trail

Time_ Saturday 13.00 - 20.30
Where_ City Wide
Tickets_ £3
Enquiries_ 07810 154846

A digital arts experience for young people aged 11 - 18.
Join us for a VIP tour around the festival exploring a wide range of events involving the digital worlds of art, music, video, and film.

For further information and booking visit:
www.fluid-york.co.uk
or phone the above number.

Soundxvision 2004

Time_ Saturday 13.00 - 14.30
Where_ City Screen, Screen 1
Tickets_ £5 / £4
Enquiries_ 01904 541144

The European premier of this brand new set of short films from Japanese inter media group Salon.

A stimulating look at the world wide digital music scene.
www.soundxvision.com

Contributing artists
Buffalo Daughter, Motohiko Odani, Funkstorung, Enlightenment, Pardon Kimura, Ukawa Naohiro, Dextro, Alva Noto a.k.a. Carsten Nicolai, Marok (Lodown), Patric Pulsinger, Jan Jelinek, Karl Kliem, SND, Rechenzentrum, Telcosystems, Cornelius, Groovisions, Kota Ono, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Masakatsu Takagi, portable[k]ommunity and Jan Van Nuenen

www.salon-magazine.org

Artist Talk 4

Time_ Saturday 14.00 - 15.00
Where_ The Marriott Room, York Central Library
Tickets_ Free Entry

Artist Talk_ James Rose

James Rose will be exploring the creative and technical processes involved in writing the fictional life story of Theodore Moorcock. Ideas, influences, edited texts and the writer's journal will all be used to demonstrate the complexities of writing multiple narratives and their conversion into web coding.
www.sightsonic.com/itsa

For further information, please contact Julia Davis on 01904 552815.

Artist Talk 5

Time_ Saturday 14.00 - 15.00
Where_ Sightsonic Hub
Tickets_ Free Entry

Artist Talk_ Andy Eccleston & Ron Wright

Visual artist Andy Eccleston and sound designer Ron Wright will be discussing their collaborative projects, exploring how their innovative use of medical imaging techniques and digital sound manipulation led to the creation of their audio-visual installation Hylo.

Artist Platform Presents

Time_ Saturday 17.00 - 18.00
Where_ Temple Hall
Tickets_ Free Entry

Following on from the day time exhibition platform artists are given an opportunity to showcase live work in front of an audience.

Francisco Lopez

Time_ Saturday 19.30 - 21.00
Where_ National Centre For Early Music
Tickets_ £12 / £8
Enquiries_ 01904 658338

In the artist's own words, "this is not a normal music show but a large-scale intense sonic immersive experience". Blind folded, the audience sit facing not the performer but within a circle of speakers. With their backs to Lopez, the audience is plunged into a pitch-black sonic abyss that destroys the boundaries between the industrial and the wilderness sound environments.

Please note that this performance contains very loud elements as well as taking place in complete darkness.
www.franciscolopez.net

*Ear defenders can be made available.

Club Electronica

Time_ Saturday 22.00 - 01.00
Where_ City Screen Basement Bar
Tickets_ £10
Enquiries_ 01904 541144

An evening of contemporary music in the experimental hands of Errorsmith V3CTOR and Mr.76IX.

Errorsmith, located somewhere in the no man's land between so called serious and popular music, the digital sound improvisations of errorsmith are all performed on self-built digital instruments. Mr.76IX, Expect moments of aggression, playfulness and subtle hints of nostalgia in this frantic live performance by up and coming Mr.76IX. V3CTOR is a broad collective of artists, DJ's, filmmakers and curators who combine their specialist talents to curate and promote contemporary digital and electronic music and art.
www.v3ctor.com
www.errorsmith.de
www.skam.co.uk

Digital Drop In Session

Time_ Sunday 11.00 - 13.00 +
Time_ Sunday 14.00 - 16.00
Where_ Sightsonic Hub
Tickets_ Free Entry

Drop In Session_ Mindwave

MindWave Media is the audio-visual and multimedia arm of the York based Continuum Group who will be demonstrating some of their recent work as well as discussing the programmes and working processes that combine to create their engaging multimedia experiences.

Digital Drop In Session

Time_ Sunday 11.00 - 13.00 +
Time_ Sunday 14.00 - 16.00
Where_ Sightsonic Hub
Tickets_ Free Entry

Drop In Session_ Damian Murphy

Having exhibited digital sound works and collaborations during previous SightSonic festivals, artist and scientist Damian Murphy will be on hand to talk about audio, acoustics and music technology. Drop in to discuss these issues, ask questions and to try out some demos.

Tips from Damian Murphy (PDF)

Antarctic Brunch

Time_ Sunday 12.00 - 13.00
Where_ Music Research Centre
Tickets_ £10 (entry to brunch, performance and talk)
Enquiries_ 01904 432439

Exhibitions and displays by the British Antarctic Survey featuring equipment used in the Antarctic. Refreshments available.
www.antarctica.ac.uk

How to find The Music Research Centre

Antarctica

Time_ Sunday 13.00 - 14.00
Where_ Music Research Centre
Tickets_ £5
Enquiries_ 01904 432439

A performance of films along with a unique world premier performance of a new electronic work by Craig Vear describing his winter voyage to the Antarctic as Arts Council and British Antarctic Survey Composer in Residence.
www.antarctica.ac.uk

Craig Vears Video Diary at the Guardian

How to find The Music Research Centre

Artist Talk 6

Time_ Sunday 14.00 - 14.45
Where_ Music Research Centre
Tickets_ Free Entry
Enquiries_ 01904 432439

Artist Talk _ Craig Vear

Craig Vear will be talking about his three-month journey through the Antarctic in search of sound.
He will be discussing the technology used in both recording the rich collection of sounds and how he transformed them into his latest work.

www.antarctica.ac.uk

Priority will be given to performance ticket holders.

How to find The Music Research Centre

Artist Talk 7

Time_ Sunday 15.00 - 16.00
Where_ Sightsonic Hub
Tickets_ Free Entry

Artist Talk _ Howard Read

Award-winning comedian and animator Howard Read will be talking about the technology used in creating his animated six-year old sidekick - Little Howard - and the processes that allow him to interact with Big Howard and members of the audience.
www.howardread.com

Howard Read & Little Howard

Time_ Sunday 20.00 - 22.30
Where_ Temple Hall
Tickets_ £10
Enquiries_ 01904 658338

Little Howard is the world's first six-year old animated interactive stand-up comedian and it's his sixth birthday, again. Amongst other things, the guest entertainer has cancelled.
www.littlehoward.co.uk

Will Little Howard's party go as planned or will he end
up as the most depressed cartoon character since Bam-Bam discovered he was adopted? Come to the show that the Guardian described as a 'marvel'.
www.howardread.com

In association with the 'Other Side' Comedy Club

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