Festival: L.E.V. 2023, sound, audiovisual creations & digital art in Gijón, Spain [27 to 30 April 2023]Marilena Pateraki
L.E.V. festival, the Spanish platform for the production and promotion of experimental electronic sound, audiovisuals and digital art, was created seventeen years ago by DATATRON collective. The festival holds two main big annual events in the country: L.E.V. Festival in Gijón and L.E.V. Matadero in Madrid. The festival has just released the first line-up announcements for the Gijón edition, which will take place from 27 to 30 April 2023.
With the support of Gijón’s Town Council and the Principality of Asturias, L.E.V. will see an ambitious lineup that will turn the Asturian town into the epicentre of electronic sound experimentation and contemporary audiovisual and digital creation with four performances in days in different spaces and cultural centres. Live shows will include artists such as Robert Henke, Hélène Vogelsinger, Ikonika, Franck Vigroux & Antoine Schmitt, Grand River, Kathy Hinde, Annabelle Playe & Alexandra Rădulescu and Claraguilar and audiovisual installations and activities related to extended realities in synergy with the Arenas Movedizas project, LABoral Centro de Arte and Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto.
On Friday, April 28, at teatro de la Laboral, Robert Henke will showcase his project CBM 8032 AV, created with vintage computers. In CBM 8032 AV, Henke explores the beauty of simple graphics and sounds using five Commodore CBM 8032 computers. This work plays with the ambivalence of contemporary aesthetics and the use of obsolete, limited, 40-year-old technology. We’ll see the premiere of All Above, the recently released album by Grand River, the project by composer and sound designer Aimée Portioli. Annabelle Playe and Alexandra Rădulescu worked together to create the project KRASIS, an interactive performance where the devices and media used by each on stage are interconnected, generating a dialogue and an exploration between image and sound in real-time. The night will be completed with the world premiere of Videoscope by Franck Vigroux & Antoine Schmitt, an audiovisual performance based on Vigroux’s latest release, Magnetoscope.
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