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Forma productions October – December 2007‏. Click For Infos.

We are pleased to send you details of Forma’s programme for October – December 2007.

Two main productions in this season’s programme, artist Kevin Carter’s online project Landscape/Portrait and Lone Twin’s unique public performance work Town Crying, are presented in collaboration with Dott 07 (Designs of the time 2007). These productions form part of Vital Signs – a series of projects that aim to provoke discussion about how our designed environment affects our everyday life, by exploring the aspirations people hold for their lives and for the places in which they live.

On 29 October, Ryoji Ikeda premieres his audiovisual work datamatics [ver.2.0] at Centre Pompidou. We also announce tour dates this season for Fennesz/Charles Atlas in Kortrijk, and for Ryoji Ikeda in Tours and Eindhoven.


Landscape/Portrait – a new interactive web-based project is launched and presented at Dott 07 Festival, UK>

Lone Twin’s Town Crying project returns at the Dott 07 Festival, with a special Crying performance, an artists’ talk and a publication documenting the project>

Ryoji Ikeda premieres the new, full–length version of his datamatics concert at Centre Pompidou, FR>
New tour dates

Fennesz and Charles Atlas perform their recent audiovisual work at Budascoop, Kortrijk, BE>

New Ryoji Ikeda tour date at Le Petit Faucheux, FR and Effenaar, NL>
Now showing

Lynette Wallworth exhibits her interactive video installation Still:Waiting2 at BEAP, AU>

Ryoji Ikeda shows his recent installation piece data.tron
at Inter Arts Center, CN>




From 8 Oct Online
16 – 28 Oct Dott 07 Festival, Gateshead Quays, UK
17 Oct Landscape/Portrait panel discussion, 18:00–20:00
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1
Gateshead Quays, UK

Launching this week Landscape/Portrait is a collaboration between artist Kevin Carter, Media 19 and the University of Teesside. This is an online project and public campaign that challenges official statistics to create a new and unique portrait of North East England.

Inviting members of the public to view and respond to their own demographic stereotypes online by recording their own personal video portraits, the project questions the authenticity of these statistical models of communities based on postcode area that are used frequently in the planning and design of public services and regeneration projects. You can log onto now to view these stereotypes and the portraits already created.

The panel discussion, on 17 October, looks at the project’s themes and ambitions to explore how data is used to define our communities and design our environment. Speakers include artist Kevin Carter, and Brian Wilson, Assistant Dean (Enterprise) School of Arts & Media at the University of Teesside and Director of d|lab the Centre for Design and Innovation.

Produced by Forma
Commissioned by Dott 07
Funded by Design Council and One North East
Data supplied by
Landscape/Portrait forms part of North East England’s world–class festivals and events programme.




16 – 28 Oct Town Crying film at Dott 07 Festival
Gateshead Quays, UK
20 Oct Live performance, 11:00–15:00
Dott 07 Festival site, UK
20 Oct Artists’ talk & book launch, 15:00–16:30
Baltic, Level 1, UK

During summer 2007, Lone Twin travelled across North East England to ask people about their lives and how they would like to live. The stories, anecdotes and commentaries they collected were then performed as a series of public proclamations by a town crier, in locations ranging from shopping centres and nightspots to weekend markets and historic sites.

The project now returns with a special one–off performance by Alnwick, UK’s award–winning crier, as well as film screenings of the performances that took place this summer.

For the artists’ talk, Lone Twin tell the story of this project and launch the Town Crying book, featuring full colour photos, reproductions of the scripts cried at each location and an interview with the artists. The publication (worth £8) will be given away free to all visitors to the Dott 07 Festival.

Produced by Forma
Commissioned by Dott 07
Funded by Design Council and One North East
Town Crying forms part of North East England’s world–class festivals and events programme





29 Oct  Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR

For the premiere of the new, full–length version of Ikeda’s acclaimed audiovisual concert, the artist has significantly developed the earlier version of this piece (premiered in March 2006), adding a newly commissioned second part.

Ikeda employs real–time programme computations and data scanning to create an extended new sequence that is a further abstraction of the original work. The technical dynamics of datamatics [ver.2.0], such as its extremely fast frame rates and variable bit depths, continue to challenge and explore the thresholds of our perceptions.

Produced by Forma
Co–commissioned by AV Festival 06, ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA 2006
Co–produced by les Spectacles vivants–Centre Pompidou and YCAM
Supported by Recombinant Media Labs

Presentation supported by Arcadi




1 Dec 07 Budascoop, Kortrijk, BE

Cinematic in its scale and presentation, this is the new collaboration between acclaimed musician/electronic composer Christian Fennesz and award–winning filmmaker and video artist Charles Atlas.

The performance combines Fennesz’ lush and luminant electric guitar and laptop compositions with Atlas’ innovative live video mixing. In this richly layered work, the artists improvise in parallel, achieving a breathtaking unity.

Produced by Forma
Supported by Arts Council England




30 Nov 07 C4I + datamatics [ver.1.0] Le Petit faucheux, Tour, FR
6 Dec 07 C4I + datamatics [ver.1.0] Petazzie – Live interdisciplinary arts –
Effenaar, Eindhoven, NL

The audiovisual performances C4I and datamatics [ver.1.0] are part of Ikeda’s datamatics series.

C4I is a filmic concert that uses data as its material and theme, highlighting the ways in which data shapes our understanding of the world. Blurring the lines between nature, science and philosophy, the work subtly and hypnotically suggests the convergence of the real and the virtual.

In datamatics, Ikeda presents a dazzling progression of imagery derived from pure data. He combines dynamic computer–generated visuals with a hypnotic and densely layered soundtrack to produce immense and apparently boundless audiovisual spaces.

“datamatics [prototype] showed Ikeda at the height of his powers, building on his own unique and unmistakable artistic language.” – The Wire, 2006

Produced by Forma
C4I is commissioned by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM)
datamatics is co–commissioned by AV Festival 06 and ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge and ISEA 2006 Symposium and supported by YCAM and Recombinant Media Labs






10 Sep – 7 Dec BEAP, John Curin Gallery, Perth, AU

Still:Waiting2 is an immersive installation environment that is both unsettled and revealed by our presence. Filmed on high definition video in an eerie twilight, Still:Waiting2’s evocative surround sound–scape amplifies the dramatic movement of enormous flocks of birds. The imagery comes from the Flinders Ranges, South Australia – an area that is home to huge flocks of native Corellas that meet at first and last light in the Red River gums of dry creek beds.

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




24 Sep – 22 Oct Inter Arts Center, Beijing, CN

data.tron [prototype], the new audiovisual installation by renowned electronic composer/visual artist Ryoji Ikeda, presents with mathematical precision a vast sea of data–derived imagery. Both the scale and intensity of data.tron invite total immersion in this work.

data.tron is co–produced by Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains and Forma