Festival: MIRA Digital Arts Festival 2022 Barcelona [11-12/11/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Digital arts festival MIRA returns to Barcelona on November 11-12. Running in the Catalan capital since 2011 (plus a couple of stints in Berlin), it’s gained a reputation for high-quality music programming and showcasing experimental visual arts of the glitchy and hyperactive kind.
Pitching itself as being dedicated to exhibition, dissemination and education and the intersection between arts and digital culture, the event pairs audiovisual performances with conferences and installations. Organisers recently announced that this year’s event will find it moving from its typical location, Fabra i Coats, to the more central and expansive Fira Montjuïc, which attendees of Sonar by Day will be familiar with. The MIRA Dome will return for another presentation of 360º projections.
On the music front, fans of introspection, psychedelia and grinding rhythms will be treated by the likes of Kali Malone, Neu!’s Michael Rother and Voices From The Lake. Later on both nights, things will turn up a gear courtesy of Djrum, Special Request and Nia Archives. ’90s UK dance legends Orbital and Squarepusher act as defacto headliners on alternate evenings.
Live a/v shows will be presented by various collaborative sets. This includes Loraine James and Allesandra Leone, who are performing a show commissioned by MIRA. Elsewhere, Animistic Beliefs will perform their multilingual and algorithmically assisted show in Spain for the first time, with Jeisson Drenth in charge of the visual aspects.
Amongst the many artistic interventions present at the festival is Gima Paisaje II, by Akyute, a pseudonym for the artistic duo Magdalena Hart and Natalia Gima. The piece inquires about more-than-human intelligence and the possibility of living in “relationship with” rather than “domination over”. Elsewhere, Lola Zoido will explore the way we construct our reality through digital processes.
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