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forma: arts and media producers

Spring 2006 season of productions


forma is one of Europe’s leading production agencies for innovative, genre-defying art. Working with artists, venues and festivals worldwide, forma produces, publishes and tours a programme of groundbreaking new hybrids of music, new media, visual art, film, dance and performance

The Spring season of productions features exhibitions and extensive international touring activity for early 2006.

Highlights include:

·         long awaited UK appearances from leading Japanese composer | artist Ryoji Ikeda including a world premiere of a new audiovisual piece at the Sage Gateshead, UK, as part of the AV festival 06, and a double bill performance at the Barbican in London of formula & C4I

·         rare UK performance plus an Australian tour from the pioneering Berlin-based electronic composer alva noto [aka Carsten Nicolai]

·         presentations of Ikeda’s installation spectra II in Bristol, UK

·         UK premiere of Australian artist Lynette Wallworth’s installation work in Bristol, UK

opening of the major time-based project Soundtrack for an Exhibition at the Musée Art Contemporain Lyon, France


Ryoji Ikeda & Lynette Wallworth

1 – 12 Feb 06

This Secret Location exhibition | InBetween Time Festival | Arnolfini, Bristol, UK


Ryoji Ikeda’s spectra II & Lynette Wallworth’s Still:Waiting2 are presented as part of the InBetween Time Festival in an exhibition that takes over Arnolfini’s galleries and behind the scenes spaces to showcase extraordinary works in which the real and the virtual converge.

Leading installation and video artist Lynette Wallworth creates gently immersive environments which offer a tactile gateway. Still:Waiting2 is a video installation work that directs visitors sonically through the space. Filmed in an eerie twilight in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia, the video footage shows the dramatic movement of large flocks of Corellas, amplified through a surround sound-scape, to create an intimate and powerful visual experience of the arrival of thousands of birds. Visitors must negotiate the installation space in order to activate sensors that will fully reveal the imagery of the piece.


Wallworth has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and recently presented her first installation project in the States at The Davis Museum, Massachusetts.

forma is producing the first UK and European exhibition projects by Wallworth, beginning with Still:Waiting2 at Arnolfini.

Japan’s leading electronic composer/artist, Ryoji Ikeda, focuses on the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and the essential characteristics of sound itself.  Music, time and space are shaped by mathematical methods as Ikeda explores sound as sensation, pulling apart its physical properties to reveal its relationship with human perception and architectural space.

spectra II invites visitors to navigate their way through a narrow covered corridor – almost invisible due to its intense darkness/brightness and inaudible due to its ultra-frequencies – by listening to the sounds they trigger in the space.

forma continues to work with Ikeda to produce and tour new and existing work within the UK and internationally.

spectra II is produced by forma.

Still:Waiting2 is produced by forma, commissioned by Arnolfini & supported by the City of Melbourne Arts House program. Touring supported by Arts Council England.


Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, UK | Tel: +44 (0) 117 917 2300


Soundtrack for an Exhibition

7 Mar -11 Jun 06

Musée Art Contemporain Lyon, FR

Composed by Susan Stenger [Band of Susans] with contributions by Robert Poss [Band of Susans], Alan Vega [Suicide], Alexander Hacke [Einsturzende Neubaten] , Bruce Gilbert [Wire], F.M. Einheit, Will Oldham, Warren Ellis, Jim White, Jennifer Hoyston, Spider Stacy.
Paintings by John Armleder, Steven Parrino [until 14 May 06] Feature film [until 14 May 06]

An exhibition conceived and realised by Mathieu Copeland

Soundtrack for an Exhibition is a project that confounds our expectations of an exhibition. It comprises a specially commissioned sound score whose nature is revealed through its encounters with different environments over time. The sound piece, composed by Susan Stenger and featuring contributions from a stellar list of international musicians, employs an archetypal pop song structure “exploded” in form to last 96 days. The soundtrack is audible throughout the gallery both inside and outside. During this period both a feature film [screened not in its final edited version, but as the entire footage shot in its making] and an exhibition of paintings [including Steven Parrino’s ‘Slow Rot’ & several large scale new commissions by John Armleder] will be shown in the gallery. It is in the confrontation of these elements with the soundtrack and with each other that the exhibition in defined, not as a singular experience but as a score evolving over time.

Whilst the soundtrack lasts 96 days, the film and paintings are presented for only part of this period (69 days), thus the sound piece exists and evolves as a soundtrack for an exhibition, a film, and an empty space.

Produced by forma

Co-produced by Musée Art Contemporain Lyon


Forma is producing a publication ‘Soundtrack for an Exhibition’ to coincide with this project that will include essays from Mathieu Copeland, plus discussions with participating artists John Armleder & Susan Stenger, and guest contributors including Tony Conrad, Gustav Metzger & Edwin Pouncey.

A DVD presenting selected excerpts from the soundtrack will accompany this publication.

Launch date: 20 April 06.


Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, 81 Cité Internationale, Quai Charles De Gaulle, 69006, Lyon, FR.





Ryoji Ikeda & alva noto at AV06

3 Mar 06

Ryoji Ikeda C4I & premiere of a new audiovisual piece [audiovisual concert]

alva noto [audiovisual concert]

AV 06 Opening Gala, The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, UK

The Opening Gala of AV06 features forma productions from two giants of electronica, alva noto [Carsten Nicolai] and Ryoji Ikeda. The evening presents the world premiere of a newly commissioned hyper-intense audio-visual work by Ikeda and a performance of the powerful and hypnotic C4I, plus a stunning live performance from alva noto.

Box Office:+44 (0) 191 443 4661, |


Ikeda’s new composition is commissioned by AV festival 2006 and ZeroOne, San Jose & ISEA 2006, and is supported by EIKI audio visual products []

AV 06 is the second international audio-visual festival in the North East of England, taking place across NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland & Middlesborough from 2-12 March 06.

For full programme information visit


Ryoji Ikeda at the Barbican, London, UK

20 Mar 06

formula & C4I double bill [audiovisual concert]

Barbican, Silk Street, London, UK

In the first London appearance from Ikeda in over 6 years, forma presents a rare and eagerly anticipated double bill concert at the Barbican.

Tickets: £15 |£20, Box office: + 44 (0)845 120 7518 Web:


Ryoji Ikeda – European tour dates


Forma continues to work with Ryoji Ikeda to tour his stunning audiovisual works C4I and formula, plus an exciting new commission produced in collaboration with GRM, Paris.

Using digital technology to the utmost limit, Ikeda combines video montage, computer generated imagery and stroboscopic lighting with his intense, perfectly synchronized, signature soundtracks to create audiovisual experiences that remain unrivalled in their power and technical sophistication.

19 Feb 06 | C4I | Teatro Canovas [MARTE], Malaga, ES,


24 Mar 06 | formula & C4I | Haus der Berliner Festspiele [Maerz Musik], Berlin, DE


9 Mar 06 | Premiere of multi channel sound piece [concert]

Radio France [Présences Electronique Festival], Paris, FR,

To launch the Présences Electronique Festival, Ikeda will perform the world premiere of a new multi-channel sound piece created during his recent residency at GRM.

Commissioned by GRM & produced by forma



alva noto  – Australian tour

The German electronic-music composer Carsten Nicolai (known as alva noto) makes you think about the future of music – New York Times

Berlin based sound artist and producer Carsten Nicolai [alva noto] has established himself as a leading member in the realm of electronic sound and visual designers, using art and music as hybrid tools to create microscopic views of creative processes.  Combining pared-down electronic sounds with the rhythmic groove of hip hop and R&B and his now legendary live synaesthesic video, noto’s works captivate consistently through a mixture of elegance, simplicity and cool technicism.

From early 2006 forma will manage and produce alva noto’s international touring activity.

8 March 06 | Elder Hall, [Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts 2006], Adelaide, AU


10 March 06 | Moving Image Centre, Auckland, NZ


12 March 06 |Performance Space, Sydney, AU


For further press information and images please contact Hannah Civico +44 (0)191 230 6357,  or Matthew Blackman +44 191 230 6358,


Notes to Editors:


forma: arts and media producers

forma is one of Europe’s leading agencies for contemporary, cross-artform projects. It commissions, tours and publishes work worldwide, managing large-scale and technically innovative productions with flair.  Creating rich dialogues between artists, audiences and places, the company pioneers art projects that suggest new possibilities for our current and future culture.

In the last year, forma productions have been presented at major festivals and venues in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and USA.  We work with renowned artists such as Cerith Wyn Evans, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster,  Kim Gordon, Ryoji Ikeda, Carsten Nicolai [alva noto], Philippe Parreno, DJ Rupture, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Saburo Teshigawara and Richard Wilson, but we also work regularly with equally interesting artists at earlier stages of their careers.

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