This starts tomorrow!!
The first ever fully online edition of the *Network Music Festival* will
take place this week, responding to the way communities and music-makers
have embraced virtual connections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our entire
programme will be delivered via our mainstage website which will be hosted
Taking place between *15-18th July 2020*, the festival will feature
cutting-edge musical performances, workshops and discussions exploring the
intersection of art and technology. Full line-up details and information is
available at the festival website, http://networkmusicfestival.org/
The main theme for 2020 is *communities near and far.* The pandemic has
seen many people embrace borderless online spaces under coronavirus
lockdowns and physical distancing rules. We stay in touch with friends and
neighbours, but also find that collaborating across the world is not harder
than collaborating across town. In this year’s festival, we want to
celebrate and strengthen the musical communities people have built with
networking tools, as well as exploring the aesthetics, performance practice
and technologies of networked music making..
The festival will feature *over fifty performances* across ten concerts
with musicians from more than 25 countries. They include interactive music
pieces, multi-location pieces linking performers through video
conferencing, live coding, laptop music ensembles, networked physical
devices, AI bots, VR environments, mobile apps and much more.
They include veteran “cyber performance” group Upstage; composer Wendy
Reid’s piece “Ambient Bird” which features her pet parrot as a performer as
well as musicians collaborating across video chat; and Illest Preacha &
Rambling Intellect who will collaborate between Canada and Sierra Leone on
music and performance poetry via computer code.
We’re happy to be teaming up with the Arts and Humanities Research Council
(UK) funded MIMIC project, who are developing a web platform for the
artistic exploration of musical machine intelligence. We are co-hosting a
special concert of *new works developed with MIMIC tools*, and a workshop
offering the chance to get hands-on with their platform.
We are also running *two Algoraves* – clubs nights where the music is
generated live by algorithms - hosted in online VR environments designed by
TOPLAP Mexico and TOPLAP Berlin who pioneered the VR Algorave format in
Our *workshop* programme offers the opportunity for newcomers and
practitioners to explore the software and practices of network music
including audio streaming, collaboration over the internet, browser-based
performance and composition tools, and listening practices.
Alongside the live programme we will be hosting an *online exhibition* of
video works and mobile-apps, and our *interactive events* showcase works
that allow the audience to get involved in the music making through web
interfaces facilitating participation. We also hope to bring the community
of artists and audiences together with our post-concert Q&A sessions, and a
discussion panel session on Network Music and Accessibility. Our programme
of artists are approaching this year’s theme of communities near and far in
diverse and innovative ways, and we look forward to meeting with them and
you online to explore these ideas together.
As we look to support artists, all our concerts will be free to view, but
we are accepting donations to contribute to artist fees on a Pay What You
Can principle. Through this form of mutual aid we can support each other
through the exchange of culture, knowledge and funding. Donations are
accepted via the festival website: https://networkmusicfestival.org/donate/
The Network Music Festival first took place 2012-2014 in Birmingham, UK,
exploring music performances featuring some form of online or physical
network communication. It is returning in 2020 as an online festival for
the first time, in response to the growth of virtual connections during the
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The Experimental Publishing (XPUB) class of 2020 would like to invite
you to the launch of our final publication, Collectiveioning.
Friday, July 10th, 2020, 19h-20h30 CEST/UTC+2
/ko 'lek tiv yon ning/ The gathering of collective memory. A
pre-literate notion of memory, in a communal way, something
commemorative rather than putting a memory in a container. What we
thought it was going to be changed completely. We are in that way
changing our memory of what it was supposed to be. What are you able to
collect? Memories? Objects? People? A collection of texts and people,
collecting and composing each other? Somehow it's not even important
that we have all the knowledge, what's important is the living,
generative sense of the collection.
Collectiveioning is a publication that collects the work generated in
our time at XPUB, from collective Special Issues in the first year
(Special Issues 07, 08, 09), with threads that connect to the second
year graduation projects.
We will present our collective and individual research on Friday, July
10, 2020 at 19:00, followed by a Q & A session. Although the
presentation will be concise and spectacular, if you miss it, a
web-to-print website will remain online, where you can choose to make
your own co(ll/nn)ections. You may also print out what you collect from
it at your own leisure. A complete, deluxe, shelf object (i.e. a printed
version) will follow in October 2020.
Date: Friday, July 10th, 2020
Time: 19h-20h30 CEST/UTC+2
Occasion: ULTIMATE Extraordinary Very Special Issue Indeed
Attire: Birthday Suit or Business Casual or Casual Business
or Come As You Are
XPUB Class of 2020:
Tancredi di Giovanni
Pedro Sá Couto
XPUB is a two-year course that prepares students to critically engage
with societal issues and social practices within the fast changing field
of art, design, and cultural production. More specifically, XPUB focuses
on the acts of making things public and creating publics in the age of
post-digital networks. XPUB’s interests in publishing are therefore
twofold: first, publishing as the inquiry and participation into the
technological frameworks, political context, and cultural processes
through which things are made public; and second, how these are, or can
be, used to create publics.
The online launch of the Collectiveioning XPUB publication is part of
Willem de Kooning's graduate programme The Chain of Events. This
programme will present the work of both Master and Bachelor alumni in
the form of an online Graduation Catalogue and a Graduation Show
programme that will last until the end of March 2021. The official
launch of the catalogue is planned for the 17 of July 2020. For more
information please visit
The Collectiveioning launch is made possible with the support from Open
Source Publishing, servus.at and lilimit.