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Celebration Of Surround Sound, Video & Performance

Celebration Of Surround Sound, Video And Performance

For one night only! Expect the experimental envelope to be pushed wide open in a celebration of surround sound, video and performance.

Presented by The Moving Image Centre, Interdigitate is an exciting opportunity to experience world-class innovation between the digital mediums. The meaning of Interdigitate is “to become interlocked like the fingers of folded hands”.

Interdigitate, the event showcases electronic music, moving image and dance in a unique multimedia collaboration between artists. Running in Auckland for a decade, Interdigitate presents five newly commissioned works, each about 20 minutes long, by New Zealand and international artists.

Events in past years have included Mike Hodgson of Pitch Black fame, Phil Dadson, Kog Transmissions and Sean Kerr. Interdigitate has been described as

“… a rich colourful, hyper-theatrical spectacle heralding a new range of artistic possibilities” The Listener

“A sort of cutting edge experimental multimedia frenzy for the great unwashed.” Pavement Magazine

This years event presents work by acclaimed UK audio artist Scanner and Viennese visual artist Katarina Matiasek, which involves enhanced echo location sounds of bats flying over cities; a digital powhiri by Maori performance artist Mika; NZ’s prolific electronic musician rotor plus and video artist James Hutchinson exploring quadrophonia; Breaks newcomers Substax collaboration with video artist Janine Randerson and former opera singer Hye Rim Lee’s 3D interactive work.

Dates: 3rd October 2003 Time: 8 pm Venue: St James Complex, Queen St Prices: $20.00 unwaged $27.00 waged $30.00 on the door Tickets may be purchased through Ticketek or on the door.

PERFORMANCE TITLE, ARTIST/S AND BIOGRAPHIES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

RELOADED Mika Haka A Digital Powhiri Adelaide...90 minutes...Edinburgh...60 minutes...Interdigitate...20 minutes. Condensed Third Millennial Polynesia. Altitude matured Mika and in-flight prodigies Torotoro. Add electricity and withdraw to safe distance. WARNING: You may experience cultural turbulence during protocol.

Mika is an artist who crosses all boundaries - a captivating entertainer with real substance. He wields a sensual charisma that grips audiences worldwide. Mika exudes genuine warmth and humanity that leaves you certain of your own unique value. In his diversity audiences never fail to recognise a little of themselves. Since its formation in 2000 his dance crew Torotoro (meaning vanguard) has proven to be a cutting edge tribe. In the words of one young member - “Talent is a terrible thing to hide.” Combining Maori, Polynesian & global dance forms they have rocked audiences across New Zealand. Mika’s career has flourished for over twenty years. Equally happy in cabaret or carnival, on TV or CD, Mika defies categories. “More colour than Disney”. “Fabulous littlemonster“. “The Maori Madonna”. Critics compete to catch this one-man brand in a neat phrase.

TOKILAND Hye Rim Lee
Auckland-based Korean 3D digital artist Hye Rim Lee is a former opera singer now working globally in the field of visual arts. Her work explores themes of fantasy, madness, emerging sexuality and sexual innuendo.

Tokiland is an interactive fantasy dreamscape where the beautiful Anime cyborg Toki comes to life and struggles with her technological perfection.
Tokiland is part 4 in a series that examines the boundaries between reality and fantasy in contemporary society where many of us live in the virtual as much as the real.

Hye Rim Lee has exhibited in the Internal Media Art Festival in Thailand as well as extensively throughout NZ. "For me art should be fun,” she says. “Art doesn't have to be some confusing abstract in-joke, but can be accessible to everyone. I want to explore aspects of fun, dream and fantasy, and popular culture.”

THE MACHINES ARE RESTLESS TONIGHT Janine Randerson and Substax

“Substax is sub-sonic avalanche music for freaks. Anyone with respect for 70's Disco/Funk cult movies… might just develop an obsessive taste for the sound of Substax.” Video artist Janine Randerson and musicians Nick Farrands and Jason
Johnston of Substax have collaborated extensively over the past five
years over the past five years from electronic music gigs to gallery installations. These live shows integrate studio trickery, chaos and organics.

Most of the time machines cooperate, they regulate the smooth
running of our existence, and we don't notice them. But wait for the rebellion, menacingly subtle at first, (a tinkering sound, an
unsolicited video flicker), which slowly escalates until seamless
flow is replaced by a chaotic dystopia.

The Machines are Restless Tonight is a performance, mixing live audio
triggers in a volatile environment of electronic sound and projected
image.

ECHO DAYS Scanner/Matiasek Innovative London-based sound-scaper Scanner aka Robin Rimbaud, internationally known for his digital media manipulation and pop artistry is a hard act to describe. “Audio artist is the simplest term for a fellow who has been sampled by Bjork, admired by Stockhausen, performed with 100 violinists alongside Laurie Anderson (and) worked on Brian Ferry’s new album” Collaborating with Scanner is Katarina Matiasek, a visual artist and anthropologist based in Vienna. Together they have organized an extraordinary audio-visual work which uses enhanced echo location sounds of bats flying over cities and landscapes. "Echo Days" is an audio-visual work which uses enhanced echo location sounds of bats flying over cities and landscapes. Image and sound echo each other, offering an insight into the difficulty of reconstructing the outside world through our senses.

SCANNER / MATIASEK have been collaborating since 1997, developing installations that unpick the usual continuities between sound and image in contemporary multimedia presentations.

Scanner - British sound artist, Robin Rimbaud, has performed and created works in many of the world's most prestigious spaces including SFMOMA USA, Hayward Gallery London, Pompidou Centre Paris, Corcoran Gallery DC,Tate Modern London and the Modern Museum Stockholm.

Katarina Matiasek, has had solo exhibitions recently at the Process Room of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (where she was artist-in-residence during 1999), at the ATA center for Contemporary Art in Sofia (2000), and at the Grita Insam Gallery in Vienna (2001) or at the Rupertinum in Salzburg (2003). Recent group exhibitions include Ghost Story at the Vienna Kuenstlerhaus (1998), or Video Art 2000 at the Manege, St. Petersburg.

umbo rotor plus and James Hutchinson One of the New Zealand’s most talented and prolific producers, internationally acclaimed rotor plus remains a mystery to most, quietly producing some of the best electronic music. rotor plus and James Hutchinson present a piece based on a brief history of signaling…and explore where all the silence has gone.

As human influence makes the world a noisier and noisier environment to live in, how do we cope with the growing amount of information and being able to differentiate between what is a signal [the information we want] and what is noise [the information we don’t want]? Human endeavors are squeezing the bandwidth available for this information to travel, trying to get more and more information into less and less space. What is the signal to noise ratio?

rotor plus [pronounced row-tor –plus] rotor plus came into existence in 1995. They released their debut album ‘aileron’ in 2000 which received 5 star outstanding reviews from the NZ music press and hjas been picked up by Statra Recordings based in New York. rotor plus has supported the international artist ‘Oval’, and has worked across disciplines in collaboration with many NZ artists, including more recently ‘The Clinic’.

James Hutchinson James has produced video works for events such as Soliton, Plush bomb. His recent projects include a video backdrop for the Black Grace dance company Production 'Surface" and music videos for Pitch Black, Rotor+ ,Fat Freddy’s Drop His unique style combines a strong sense of graphic movement with remarkable grade and texture. James works as an animator for FAT Ltd.

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