Brussels International Festival for Live Audio Visual Arts & VJing
25 – 31 October 2004
Recyclart, Beursschouwburg, Mediaruimte, Looking Glass – Brussels
Audiovisual performances & concerts
Lectures & panel discussions
Software & hardware presentations
The Cimatics festival focusses on new artists that experiment with the interaction of diverse audio and visual media. Cimatics shows the different aspects of a generation of contemporary artists with a presentation of panel discussions, audiovisual (AV-) perfomances, live cinema, multimedia installations, DJ/Vj sets and screenings.
The second edition of the Cimatics Festival takes over several locations in Brussels – Recyclart, Beursschouwburg, Mediaruimte, Looking Glass – from 25 to 31 October 2004, to show innovative and qualitative audiovisual performances to a broad public. The festival wants to form a crossing between the VJ culture from the club scene and the audiovisual arts.
Cimatics Festival 2004 archive and program page
Labland by Pfadfinderei vs Modeselector (GER), visomat (GER), Ryoichi Kurokawa (JP), Exceeda (UK), Anouk De Clerq (B), Joris Cool (B), Eavesdropper (B), Funkstörung (GER), Tobias Grewenig (GER), Scott Draves_Zufunkt (US), Toxi (UK), Kangding ray (FR), Thorsten Fleisch (GER), bolwerK (B), Dorkbot (B), Vidiots (B), Walter Verdin (B), Lab[au] (B), Alexandra Dementieva & Mark Mancha (B), onedotzero (UK), Phoenix Perry (UK), Eric Dalbin (FR), Timo Novotny (AT), Addictive TV (UK), Semiconductor (UK), Seiko (B), fOam (B), Lowdjo (B), Object & Susanne Bentley (B/NZ), Géographique (B), Audioclast (B), Antz (B), DEPART (AT), Köhn (B), Darko (B), Visual Kitchen (B), Miyu (B), Olm.e (B), Boups Radio (B), Basic (B), Som (B), Interface (UK), Milyconen (IT), Skoltz_Kolgen (CA), Jeffers Egan (US), Jake Mandell (US), Petersonic (B), Autofasurer (B), Tommy (B), Monodot (B), Transforma & Taktik (GER), LifeSteak:rko (FR), Tzii (FR), Graphreak (B).
The festival will start calmly and progressevily build up to a climax. First, it will take over the city scene with showcase installations at Looking Glass and Recyclart. Then, Mediaruimte falls in with a Carte Blanche programme by LAB[au]. The actual kick off is given at Recyclart with a complete day programme by Dorkbot. After that, Cimatics will make room for a presentation of some hardware and software that have been conceived especially for VJs and liveperformers. Finally, the festival will end at Recyclart with an evening in the ‘Image-Sound-computer’-series of the Digital Platform (IAK/IBK).
With Beursschouwburg as the centre from the 27th on, Cimatics presents the various aspects of a generation of innovative artists with panel discussions, audiovisual (AV-) performances, live cinema, multimedia, DJ/VJ sets and screenings. It aims to present you a complete programme with an overview of what is happening (inter)nationally.
For the panel discussions, academics and people in the field are brought together to give a historical overview, up to what is happening today and what is to be expected in the future, regarding VJs and the AV-scene. They will also talk about techniques, releases and media coverage.
Every night there will be three performances who are linked to one another by either form or content. One should distinguish ‘AV-acts’, where visual and sound interact each other, and ‘Live Cinema’, which are performances focussing on a more narrative interaction with the spectator. Without any doubt, these are the most intense sensorial experiences, a synthesis of the diverse technological and formal aspects of the authors.
Although a screening might seem contradictorial for a phenomena that focuses on a live experience, it would be a mistake not to offer those few gems, that otherwise would not reach the public in Brussels. The films and compilations can be experienced in a cinema-type atmosphere in the cellars of the ‘Beursschouwburg’. In the hall, there will be room for installations and desktop-discoveries.
After the performances, there will be room for some fun and contemplation in the bar, where local DJs and VJs will aim to please. After all, this is what constitutes the core business from the scene: the live improvisation on a DJ- or live set, from ‘moving wallpaper’ to ‘in your face’ graphics.