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Forma Productions News April July 2006. Click For Infos.

We are pleased to be sending you the latest update on forma’s programme for April – July.

One of Europe’s leading agencies for high-quality, contemporary art, forma generates and tours cross-artform projects internationally.

Seasonal highlights include:

Spire: organ music past present and future >
12 & 13 May | Leeds & Newcastle, UK

Ryoji Ikeda and alva noto [Carsten Nicolai]>
New European tour dates
insen – alva noto + ryuichi sakamoto >
11 June – 2 July | 2nd European tour

Soundtrack for an Exhibition >
Until 11 June | Musée Art Contemporain Lyon , FR

Lynette Wallworth >
artist-in-residence at National Glass Centre, UK

forma recommends >
26-30 April | Triptych Festival, UK … now in its sixth year


Spire: organ music past present and future

photo: Mike Harding       photo: Martin Pinder

12 May | fuseleeds06, Town Hall, Leeds, UK
13 May | St George’s Church, Newcastle, UK

This evening of performances by world-class musicians and composers boldly explores the sonic possibilities of the organ. Embracing landmark classical pieces and pioneering contemporary compositions, Spire features organist Charles Matthews, composer Marcus Davidson and operatic tenor Robert Millner. Also performing are experimental musicians BJNilsen, Philip Jeck* and Christian Fennesz.
Conceptual artist Leif Inge’s presents a sound installation**. Spire also features a unique ensemble performance.

*exclusive to Spire Newcastle **exclusive to Spire Leeds

Spire is produced by forma and curated by Touch as part of Touch 25
Presented by forma and no-fi [ Newcastle] and fuseleeds06 [ Leeds]

More information >


Ryoji ikeda + alva noto [Carsten Nicolai] – new European tour dates

Ryoji Ikeda – datamatics [prototype]     alva noto – xerrox photo: Bertrand Prevost

29 May | Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London, UK

Internationally renowned for both their music and visual arts practices, Ikeda and Nicolai have pioneered ultra minimalist approaches to electronic composition. Sharing a fascination with the minutiae of sonic design and the visualisation of sound, both artists present audiovisual concerts at Tate Modern. Ikeda performs datamatics [prototype] , a powerful and breathtakingly accomplished work that uses pure data as a source for abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space. In alva noto’s xerrox, a range of collected materials – Muzak, television advertising melodies, elevator bell tones – ambience that plays around us the whole day long – are used as ‘ground facts’ for Nicolai to begin gradual changes through a series of states.

Further international tour dates

Ryoji Ikeda – C4I : 15 April | Casa da Musica, Porto, ES
Ryoji Ikeda – datamatics : 7 June | Tokyo International Forum C, Tokyo, JP
Ryoji Ikeda, audiovisual concert: 16 June | Sonar, Barcelona, ES

alva noto, audiovisual concert : 25 May | Nuits Sonores, Lyon, FR

cyclo. [Ryoji Ikeda + Carsten Nicolai] :28 April | donaufestival 06 | Krems, AT
cyclo. [Ryoji Ikeda + Carsten Nicolai] : 11 May 06 | Urban Explorers Festival, Dordrecht, NL

Ryoji Ikeda and alva noto performances are produced by forma. Ryoji Ikeda’s European touring programme for 2006 is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN Programme. datamatics by Ryoji Ikeda is co-commissioned by AV Festival 06 andZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge and ISEA 2006 Symposium. Supported by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM).

Ryoji Ikeda – datamatics >

alva noto dates >

Ryoji Ikeda – C4I >

cyclo. [Ryoji Ikeda + Carsten Nicolai] >


insen – alva noto + ryuichi sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto photo: Chris Godet    alva noto photo: Chris Godet

11 June – 2 July | 2nd Major European tour

“…. as thrilling as a virtuoso tightrope walk, and, ultimately, as emotionally pulverising…a privilege to witness” – Frieze Magazine, 2006

This second tour of the critically acclaimed live collaboration between electronic composer/visual artist Carsten Nicolai [alva noto] and multi award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto follows sell-out dates in Europe last year.

11 June | Casa da Musica, Porto, PT
13 June | Coliseum, Lisboa, PT
15 June | Sonar, Barcelona, ES
17 June | Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid, ES
18 June | Auditorio de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, ES
20 June | Holland Festival, Amsterdam, NL
23 June | Villa Celimontana Jazz FestiVal, Roma, IT
24 June | Arena Flegrea, Napoli, IT
26 June | Le Ciminiere Ampihtheatre, Catania, IT
29 June | Wien Jazz Festival, Wien, AT
02 July | Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, DK

Produced by forma. Co-produced by Romaeuropa Festival 2005 / Santa Cecilia It’s Wonderful

More information >


Soundtrack for an Exhibition

Susan Stenger, Alan Vega,
Robert Poss photo: Frank Schwere   Soundtrack for an Exhibition photo: Blaise Adilon

Until 11 June | Musée Art Contemporain Lyon , FR

This major new exhibition 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 by Kristian Levring and an exhibition of paintings by John Armleder and by Steven Parrino will be shown in the gallery.

Listen to the live audio stream of the soundtrack and find out more online now.

An exhibition conceived by Mathieu Copeland. Co-produced by forma and the Musée Art Contemporain Lyon

More information >


Lynette Wallworth – artist’s residency at National Glass Centre, UK

Hold : Vessel 1    Invisible by night

As part of the research and development for forma’s future international touring of new and existing work by Lynette Wallworth, this Australian artist is currently artist-in-residence at National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK.

Wallworth uses video projection to create immersive, often interactive, installation environments. During her three-month residency, she will use the centre’s state-of-the-art facilities to develop new glass surfaces for projection. At the same time, she will continue research for her current work Evolution of Fearlessness towards its premiere at the New Crowned Hope festival in Vienna, Nov 06, as well as developing further international networks and collaborative relationships.

Arts Council England Fellowship at the National Glass Centre in association with forma

More about Lynette Wallworth >

More about Wallworth’s recent production Still:Waiting2 >


Triptych Festival

James Blood Ulmer    Aphex Twin

26-30 April | Triptych Festival

Now in its sixth year, Triptych festival continues to highlight Tennent’s Lager’s allegiance to exceptional music – from grassroots agitation to international ardour – with an annual and unparalleled bill that has rendered it one of Europe’s most inventive, exhilarating, music events. It runs from April 26–30, through Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Triptych’s characteristic amalgam of global icons, sonic iconoclasts and avid, auspicious local talent proliferates apace this year; as many of contemporary music’s most extraordinary artists – from round the corner and round the world – converge in Scotland.

Triptych 06 thus welcomes Odetta; Sun Ra’s Arkestra; the Aphex Twin, Max Richter; Wolf Eyes; Keiran Hebden (Four Tet) & Steve Reid; the Balanescu Quartet; The Bug; Vashti Bunyan; and James Blood Ulmer – amongst over 100 others.

Some of the world’s best – and most divergent – emerging artists will also be present: from staggering Tokyo jazz sextet Soil and “Pimp” Sessions and volatile NY rock hostages Battles…

Tennent’s Lager’s commitment to home–spun genius is also set to further thrive: post–punk legends The Fire Engines and outsider psych–folkers Kitchen Cynics will perform amid a barrage of local artists – including cult champions Belle & Sebastian and Mogwai.

See for details.

forma is supported by Arts Council England