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We are pleased to announce Forma’s productions for the Autumn 2006 season.

As one of Europe’s leading producing agencies for high quality, interdisciplinary contemporary art, Forma collaborates with artists, venues and festivals, developing projects and relationships to create rich dialogues between artists, audiences and places.

Highlights of our Autumn season’s programme include:

insen – alva noto + ryuichi sakamoto >
Major international tour of Australia & Asia:
12 Oct – 4 Nov 06 | dates in Australia, Macau, Japan and Hong Kong
Ryoji Ikeda – spectra II >
Premiere exhibition in North America:
12 Oct – 31 Dec 06 | Massachusetts, US
Turning – Antony & the Johnsons with Charles Atlas >
European tour – tickets on sale now:
31 Oct – 5 Nov 06 | dates in Rome and London
Ryoji Ikeda – C4I & datamatics [ver1.0] and audio performance for Touch 25 anniversary >
New UK touring dates:
Oct 06 | dates in Bristol and York
alva noto – xerrox >
New international tour dates:
Sep – Nov 06 | dates in Korea, New York and Vienna


insen – alva noto + ryuichi sakamoto

photo: Chris Godet   photo: Chris Godet

12/13/14 Oct | The Arts Centre, Hamer Hall, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, AU
18 Oct | Mount Fortress, Macau International Music Festival, MO
22 Oct | Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi, JP
24 & 25 Oct | Geijutsu Hall, Osaka, JP
28 & 29 Oct | Shibuya Ko-Kai-Do, Tokyo, JP
31 Oct | International Forum Hall, Tokyo, JP
04 Nov | Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, New Vision Arts Festival, HK

Forma announces the 3rd major international tour of insen, the critically acclaimed live collaboration between electronic composer/visual artist Carsten Nicolai [alva noto] and multi award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Featuring tracks from the vrioon and insen albums and the revep EP – the celebrated collaborative releases by noto and Sakamoto released on the raster-noton label in 2005/6 – this third tour follows two major sell-out European tours during Autumn 05 and Summer 06, and is presented at major venues and festivals throughout Australia and Asia.

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


Ryoji Ikeda – spectra II

photo: Robin Reynders

12 Oct – 31 Dec 06 | Sensorium Part I: Embodied Experience, Technology, and Contemporary Art – List Visual Arts Center, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US

The first public presentation in North America of Ryoji Ikeda’s architectural audiovisual installation, Spectra II, features in a key exhibition at the List Visual Arts Center of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The installation relies on the intersection of sound and architecture and continues Ikeda’s interest in phenomena – be they light, tone or sound – and how they materialise and manifest themselves in the world.


Turning – Antony and the Johnsons with Charles Atlas


31 Oct & 1 Nov 06  | Auditorium Parco della Musica, Romaeuropa Festival 2006, Rome, IT
4 & 5 Nov 06 | Barbican Hall, London, UK

Turning combines the haunting and dramatic music of Antony and the Johnsons with a vivid visual backdrop provided by award-winning film director and video artist Charles Atlas.

Bringing together Atlas’ innovative live video processing and Antony’s vocal stylings, which have been compared to the likes of Nina Simone and Lotte Lenya, Turning explores issues of innocence, metamorphosis, and transcendence in a visually dramatic and highly compelling format.

Tickets are on sale now.

Produced by Forma in association with International Music srl
Co-commissioned by The Barbican, Fondazione Musica per Roma & Romaeuropa 2006


Ryoji Ikeda – C4I & datamatics [ver1.0] and audio performance for Touch 25 anniversary

C4I      photo: Kazuo Fukunaga   datamatics

13 Oct 06 | C4I & datamatics [ver1.0], Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
21 Oct 06 | Live audio performance, Sightsonic Festival, York, UK

Opening a weekend of contemporary music at the Arnolfini, Ikeda will perform C4I and datamatics, the first two audiovisual concerts in the datamatics series‚ an art project that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi–substance of data that permeates our world.

Ikeda will also perform tracks from all four of his releases on Touch Records in an exclusive audio only performance for Touch 25, presented in a blacked-out space at the National Centre for Early Music, as part of this year’s Sightsonic Festival.

Ryoji Ikeda’s European touring programme for 2006 is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN Programme. datamatics is produced by Forma 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). C4I is produced by Forma and commissioned by YCAM.
alva noto – xerrox

photo: Bernard Provoust   photo: Bernard Provoust

8 Sep 06 | Pre_PAN Festival 2006 – Heyri Pan Festival, KR
23 Sep 06 | The Kitchen, New York, US
18 Nov 06 | Wien Modern Festival, Vienna, AT

alva noto presents xerrox, the follow-up audiovisual work to his transall CD series, at forthcoming tour dates internationally. xerrox takes its title and principle from the original xerox machine. The compressions, multiplications, scale changes and shifts in resolution to which Nicolai subjects his audio and visual sources become both the process and the content of xerrox.


Coming soon:

Later this year, Forma will publish Other Plans – artists’ bookworks by Michael Dean and Juan Cruz, and an exhibition catalogue to accompany Soundtrack for an Exhibition, recently shown at Musée Art Contemporain Lyon.

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