Digi.logue has announced its audiovisual performances for Sónar Istanbul! Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Sónar Festival’s Istanbul leg will host dizzying DJs and producers from the electronic music scene in addition to artists that blend creativity and technology.
Held at Zorlu Performing Arts Center between April 6 and 8, 2018, Sónar Istanbul’s Digi.logue performances include Adrien M & Claire B’s project “Hakanai” that removes the boundaries between art, imagination and reality; “Hyper_Hologram” which presents artificial intelligence and machine learning to the audience with a digital magic; “Hero ヘロ”which is Onur Sönmez and Motoi Shimizu’s second intercontinental collaboration installation “Mandalay;” “Phaenomena” in which Daito creates a new experience with muscle movements; “Synthesis” designed by Ethem Cem, Tiber Ergür and Enes Özenbaş based on the interaction between individuals and nature; Alva Noto’s latest project “Uniqeav” in which he creates a tempestuous digital landscape on flawed electronic sounds. These projects will take visitors on a journey to an audiovisual planet.
Held as part of Sónar Istanbul and supported by Digi.logue, Sonar+D’s soon-to-be-announced schedule includes visual arts, interactive content, speeches by artists, presentations, demos, workshops, and panels on industries and creativity.
HAKANAI by Adrien M + Claire, Sonar Hall (Drama Stage), April 6, Friday
Hakanai removes the boundaries between art, imagination and reality. Live animations based on physical movement modelling inside a moving cube are presented to the audience with digital artists Adrien M and Claire B’s artistic direction. After the quadrifrontal performance, the audience will be invited to explore the stage installation.
Phaenomena by Daito, Sonar Screen (LED), April 6, Friday
Tokyo-based digital media artist, interaction designer, programmer and DJ Daito Manabe will attend the festival with a special performance. The head of Rhizomatiks Research which conducts studies in technology and arts, Daito is also the designer of the recently popular Dolce Gabbana show that displayed bags with drones. Putting together tech-based performances with drone, robot and 3-D images he creates with MIKIKO and ELEVENPLAY, Daito has attended many international festivals including Ars Electronica, Sónar (Barcelona), Scopitone (Nantes) and MUTEK (Mexico City). The visual designer of the video for the song “Mouth Mantra” from Björk’s album “Vulnicura” released in 2015, Daito has collaborated with a number of artists including Squarepusher, FaltyDL, Timo Maas, Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing and Chance the Rapper.
Synthesis by Ethem Cem + Tiber Ergür + Enes Özenbaş, Sonar Screen (LED), April 7, Saturday
A project by Ethem Cem, a visual artist from Istanbul, “Synthesis” is an audiovisual performance in collaboration with Tiber Ergür and Enes Özenbaş that emphasizes the relationship between individuals and nature. Designed as a metaphor, “Synthesis” signifies the audiovisual expression of creatures that stand out in nature with their bright colors with a biological approach.
Uniqeav by Alva Noto, Sonar Hall (Drama Stage), April 7, Saturday
Berlin-based German artist and musician Alva Noto has created many works that feature deep transitions between music, art and science. Having founded the record company Noton in 1994, Alva Noto took an interest in electronic music that features sound experiments, sign codes, acoustics and visual symbols, adopting a strong connection with reductionism. Then, he united powers with RasterMusic and became one of the founders of Raster-Noton. The German artist has toured across Europe, Asia and the U.S. with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ryoji Ikeda (cyclo.), Blixa Bargeld and Mika Vainio. As his latest project, Alva Noto created an audiovisual performance called UNIQEAV in which he creates a tempestuous digital landscape on flawed electronic sounds.
HYPERHOLOGRAM by anonymous, Sonar Hall (Drama Stage), April 7, Saturday
Hyper_hologram is a wide artistic work born in the friendship and common interests of two people, ranging from live performances to mixed shows. It presents artificial intelligence and machine learning to the audience with a digital magic. In this work, hard drives are pottery remains of memories, and Rachmaninoff is just a multidirectional vector of numbers while cities are holograms of hyper_land. Here, everything is intertwined. Each can be touched, and you can dance with all.
HERO by Onur Sönmez + Motoi + Sinan Tinar, Sonar Screen (LED), April 7, Saturday
“Hero ヘロ” is a space-based installation which is Onur Sönmez and Motoi Shimizu’s second intercontinental collaboration installation “Mandalay.” The artists claim that every human will be swallowed by a whale at one point in their lives. Motoi had the chance to experience the wonderful surfacing of a whale on the beaches of Reunion Island last summer while Onur Sönmez experienced being in the stomach of a whale in Istanbul in 2015.
With this work, the duo aims to share comforting and abstract memories with the audience rather than a shiny, high-tech digital artwork. In this regard, “Hero ヘロ” represents a calm cycle of transformation. It’s a dark and hard step all people need to take on the journey to become one.