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Forma productions Aug – Oct 07

Forma is one of Europe’s leading production agencies for innovative, genre-defying art. Forma’s forthcoming programme includes 2 public realm projects in the UK and extensive international touring and exhibitions.

Highlights include:

Beck’s Fusions – Forma curates a large scale public art project in Trafalgar Square
Landscape Portrait, an online and public realm project in the North East of England, commissioned by DOTT 07 (Designs of the time 2007)
The world premiere performance of Ryoji Ikeda’s datamatics [ver.2.0] Lynette Wallworth’s Still:Waiting2 is presented at BEAP, AUS
Public Realm Projects

Forma curates a film exhibition presented in Trafalgar Square
6 – 8 Sep 07 – London, UK

Beck’s Fusions presents a series of specially–commissioned films made by visual artists in response to rare or previously unheard versions of songs, performed by eminent musicians and vocalists. These unique fusions span a wide range of visual approaches, from animation to video sampling and media art, as the artists present their own interpretation of their chosen iconic song.

Curated by Forma,  Becks Fusions  will feature new films from several renowned artists, including Jane and Louise Wilson, Doug Fishbone, Erik Van Lieshout, Graham Dolphin, Torsten Laushmann, Lia + @c, Oliver Laric, Nick Jordan, Clare Langan, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

This engaging and immersive experience, will be presented in the Beck’s Fusion’s Pod, a multi–screen, 360˚ environment. This dynamic 26 x 10m purpose built touring space will be unveiled in Trafalgar Square on 6 September, and will be open to the public free of charge as part of a large scale celebration of art and music, brought together by ICA and Becks.

The Beck’s Fusions Pod will go on tour in September to: Meeting House Square in Dublin (16 Sep), Urbis in Manchester (22 Sep), and Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow (29 Sep).

Commissioned by ICA
Curated and produced by Forma

Online and public realm project for DOTT 07
Online and various locations, North East of England
October 07

Landscape Portrait aims to question the data used to define and design our environment.  The project will contrast the statistical and demographic profiles of communities in the North East of England with specially created “real-life” self-portraits of the people living in the region.
Artist Kevin Carter and North East based production company Media 19 will collaborate with residents across the North East to create video portraits which will represent the lifestyles and characteristics of the people living in the area.

These self portraits will be presented alongside official statistical data and ‘stereotypes’ currently held by market research agencies, creating the  foundations of an online community, a pioneering website, developed by the University of Teesside, which will invite members of the public in the North East to create and upload their own video–portraits.

Models of communities based on postcode area are used frequently in the design and planning of our environment.  In contrasting stereotypical demographic profiles with real–life identities, Landscape Portrait poses the question ‘does your postcode define who you are?’, inviting us to think about who we are, how we live and what we want from our environment.
Landscape Portrait will create a new and alternative ‘portrait’ of the North East – presenting the real identities, ideas and aspirations of its people.

Landscape portrait is part of Vital Signs and is presented in conjunction with Dott 07 (Designs of the Time 2007), a year of community projects and events taking place across North East England that explore how design can make a positive difference to our daily lives.

Vital Signs forms part of North East England’s world class festivals and events programme.

Produced by Forma
Commissioned by Dott 07
Funded by Design Council and One North East


RYOJI IKEDA: DATA.TRON [prototype] New exhibition dates for artist’s most recent installation work

10 Aug – 7 Oct 07 – MOCA Taipei, TW
24 Sept – 22 Oct 07 – Beijing Group exhibition, Inter Arts Centre, CN

Japan’s leading electronic composer/artist presents his installation piece, data.tron [prototype] as part of V_2_Unstable Media: Act – interact at MOCA, Taipei and in the Beijing Group Exhibition.

data.tron is an audiovisual installation, where each single pixel of visual image is strictly calculated by mathematical principle, composed from a combination of pure mathematics and the vast sea of data present in the world.  Images are projected onto a large screen at an extremely fast frame rate, up to 4 times faster than normal film, heightening and intensifying the viewer’s perception and total immersion within the work.

data.tron is the most recent development in Ryoji Ikeda’s datamatics series, a long-term programme of moving image, sculptural, sound and new media works.  This body of work uses data as its theme and material to explore the ways in which abstracted views of reality – data – are used to encode, understand and control the world.

Produced by Le Fresnoy
Co-Produced by Forma

Interactive video installation

10 Sept – 7 Dec 07 – John Curtin Gallery, BEAP, Perth, AU

For Still:Waiting2 Australian artist Lynettte Wallworth presents video footage of a single tree – an Australian River gum – home to a huge number of native Corella birds, filmed under a breathtaking dawn light in Quorn, South Australia. Corellas are a species that have slowly adapted to the biological ravages caused by colonization which brought other native parrots close to extinction.

An immersive, installation environment, activated by the viewer, Still:Waiting2 sets up an interactive ecosystem, inviting visitors to consider their impact on their natural surroundings and the complex interconnection between co-existing species.

Produced by Forma
Commissioned by New Crowned Hope and Arnolfini
Supported by Arts Council England and the City of Melbourne Arts House program, Australia Council Fellowship New Media and Visual Arts Board


Live audiovisual concert

14 Sept – Centre Pompidou, Paris, Fr
23 Sept – Volksbuhne, Berlin, GR

‘Paired with Atlas’ emotive, sensuous, gauzy model faces haunting the giant IMAX screen, Fennesz’ deft accommodation of keyboards, guitars and samplers simmers into a masterful showcase.’ – The Wire

This is the new collaboration between acclaimed musician/electronic composer Christian Fennesz and award–winning filmmaker and video artist Charles Atlas.

Combining Fennesz’ lush and luminant electric guitar and laptop compositions with Atlas’ innovative live video mixing of sampled film footage, prepared clips and improvised collage, this project brings together two of today’s pioneering artists in a virtuoso performance.

Produced by Forma
Supported by Arts Council England

International performances of live audiovisual concerts datamatics [ver.1.0] & C4i

15 Sept – Esplanade-Theatres on the bay, SGP [datamatics and c4i] 19 – 23 Sept – Arts Beijing, CN [datamatics and c4i] + new video installation
28 Sept – Happy New ears, Kortijk, BE [datamatics] 5 Oct – IMMA Dublin, IRE [datamatics & c4i] 10 Oct – Mutek, MEX [datamatics]

Japan’s leading electronic composer/artist presents his live performance pieces datamatics [ver.1.0] & C4i at various venues worldwide.

C4i is both a concert and a film that uses data as its material and theme, highlighting the ways in which data shapes our understanding of the world. Video images of landscapes are progressively abstracted into a language of data. Facts, figures and diagrams are used in a montage with dazzling graphic impact.  Blurring the lines between nature, science and philosophy, C4i subtly and hypnotically suggests the convergence of the real and the virtual.

The second audiovisual concert in Ryoji Ikeda’s datamatics series, datamatics [ver.1.0] explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi–substance of data that permeates our world.  Projections of dynamic, computer-generated graphic renderings of data progress through multiple dimensions.  2D sequences of pattern derived from hard drive errors and studies of software code transform into dramatic, rotating views of the universe in 3D, resulting in spectacular and seemingly infinite vistas.  Accompanied by a powerful and hypnotic soundtrack, reflecting the imagery, datamatics [ver.1.0] creates immense and apparently boundless acoustic spaces.

Produced by Forma
Commissioned by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM)
Produced by Forma

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Notes to Editors:

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Forma is one of Europe’s leading production agencies for high quality, interdisciplinary contemporary art.  Collaborating with some of today’s most interesting artists, it produces, tours and publishes groundbreaking new projects that seamlessly combine diverse media. Its programme pioneers new hybrid forms of music, visual art, film, new media, dance, theatre and live art.

Forma’s international programme encompasses single concerts and large–scale tours for leading performing and visual arts venues and festivals; one–off exhibitions in established visual arts spaces; screenings at film and new media festivals; and major public realm projects that engage with particular places.

Forma collaborates with internationally renowned artists as well as equally interesting artists at earlier stages of their careers. The cross-artform projects Forma produces, tours and publishes are characterised by powerful new ideas, high production values and technical innovation. Often these qualities result from the unique nature of Forma’s collaboration with artists, developing projects and relationships over extended periods of time.

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