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Forma productions February – June 2008‏. Click For Infos.

We’re pleased to be sending you the latest news on Forma’s international programme for the spring season, plus details of some of our forthcoming projects for the summer.

At the end of the month, Forma’s productions for AV Festival 08 will launch in Sunderland and Middlesbrough, UK. Marcus Coates, Zoë Irvine, Chris Watson and People Like Us all present new works, plus Chris Watson gives an exclusive live performance. Tickets for this event are free and available now – see below for details, and visit our website to download exclusive sound clips of the work.

At the beginning of March, Ryoji Ikeda opens his first major international solo exhibition at YCAM, in Japan. The show will launch with the Japanese premiere of datamatics [ver.2.0], which Ikeda then goes on to perform to audiences in Osaka and Tokyo. Also this month, Ikeda’s data.tron opens in a group exhibition at Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium.

In May, Ikeda performs the Italian premiere of datamatics [ver.2.0] at the Rovereto Festival, and the world premiere of a live version of his ambitious new work, test pattern, at Dissonanze Festival in Rome.

We are also delighted to announce a major solo exhibition of Lynette Wallworth’s work, to be presented as part of the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France this June.

See below for full details of our programme of cross–artform exhibitions, performances and public realm projects. We hope you have the opportunity to experience some of this season’s productions.


A series of publicly–sited audio works offer engaging encounters with artists’ broadcast material in Middlesbrough Town Centre, part of AV Festival 08, UK
Chris Watson recreates the soundscape of the South American rainforest in a major installation and live performance – tickets available now, part of AV Festival 08 UK
Ryoji Ikeda presents his first major international solo show at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, JP

New tour dates

Ryoji Ikeda performs his acclaimed datamatics [ver.2.0] to audiences in Osaka and Tokyo, JP & Rovereto, IT

Ikeda exhibits data.tron in a group exhibition at Z33, Hasselt, BE
Ikeda presents a world premiere of test pattern, the live set, at Dissonanze, Rome, IT

Aix–en–Provence Festival hosts a major solo show of Lynette Wallworth’s work, FR




28 Feb – 8 Mar The Mall, Central Library & Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, UK

Now Hear This features a series of engaging encounters with artists’ audio works in Middlesbrough Town Centre. Presented as part of AV Festival 08, these projects explore and celebrate the theme of broadcast, offering a range of surprising and amusing listening experiences.

Listen out for Marcus Coates’ local birdsong in The Mall shopping centre. Hear performers from all over the world sing down the phone in Zoë Irvine’s DIAL–A–DIVA project at Central Library, and switch on your Bluetooth on Linthorpe Road to download a series of daily musical miscommunications brought to you by People Like Us.

Curated and produced by Forma
Commissioned by AV Festival 08



29 Feb – 9 Mar Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, UK
6 Mar Live performance
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, UK

Renowned sound recordist and artist Chris Watson produces a major new work recreating the sonic environment of the South American Rainforest, within the enclosed botanical environment of Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

Presented as part of AV Festival 08, Whispering in the Leaves features on–location recordings of the rainforest’s dawn and dusk wildlife choruses in a powerful surround sound installation, promising to transport visitors to one of the wildest and most dangerous environments on earth.

Live performance, Thursday 6 March, 20:30 – free tickets available now

Tickets for this event are free, but numbers are limited. To reserve a place now call             +44 (0) 191 232 8289       .

Produced by Forma
Commissioned by AV Festival 08 and Forma




1 Mar – 25 May Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, JP

Featuring new and existing works from the datamatics series, YCAM presents Ikeda’s first major international solo show.

This exhibition features recent works [nº1–a] and data.tron, alongside a major new installation commissioned by YCAM, entitled test pattern [nº1]. The exhibition opens with a live performance of Ikeda’s critically acclaimed concert piece datamatics [ver.2.0].




1 Mar Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, JP
13 Mar AI Hall, Itami, Osaka, JP
16 Mar Yebisu Garden Hall, Tokyo, JP
7 May Auditorium Melotti, Rovereto Festival, IT

Ikeda performs the new, full–length version of his acclaimed audiovisual concert to Japanese audiences.

For datamatics [ver.2.0], Ikeda has significantly developed the earlier version of this piece (premiered in March 2006), adding a newly commissioned second part.

The technical dynamics of the work, such as its extremely fast frame rates and variable bit depths, continue Ikeda’s investigations into 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




16 Mar – 25 May Place@Space exhibition, Z33, Hasselt, BE

Ikeda presents his work data.tron in Place@Space, (re)shaping everyday life, a group exhibition at Z33, Hasselt.

Part of Ikeda’s ongoing datamatics project, 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.

These images are projected onto a large screen, heightening and intensifying the viewer’s perception and total immersion within the work.

Co–produced by Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains and Forma




9 May  Dissonanze, Rome, IT (World Premiere)

This latest audiovisual work from Ryoji Ikeda presents intense flickering black and white imagery, which floats and convulses in darkness to a stark and powerful, highly synchronised soundtrack.

Through a real–time computer programme, test pattern converts Ikeda’s audio signal patterns into tightly synchronised barcode patterns on screen. The velocity of the moving images is ultra–fast, some hundreds of frames per second, so that the work provides a performance test for the audio and visual devices, as well as a response test for the audience’s perceptions.

Produced by Forma




27 Jun – 23 Jul  Festival International d’Art Lyrique Aix–en–Provence, FR
To celebrate its 60th anniversary of internationally renowned Opera and Performing Arts, Aix–en–Provence Festival welcomes back its tradition of high profile visual arts programming with a solo show of Lynette Wallworth’s work.

Her first presentation of work in France, the exhibition forms the centrepiece of the festival and presents a series of Wallworth’s large–scale interactive video pieces, installed in and around the Festival’s main performing arts venues.

Exhibition produced by Forma