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Convergence 2015 Music + Art + Technology (London, England, UK)

Convergence returns with a new programme of visual art and music pioneers, that deploy technology in diverse and innovative ways.

In 2015, these artists include Pantha du Prince, Kiasmos, Gary Numan, Tricky, George Clinton, Matthew Herbert, Portico, Clark, Zomby, Darkstar, Vessels, Andy Stott, Untold (live), Mouse on Mars, Shackleton, Paula Temple, Rival Consoles (live), K15, Snow Ghosts, Batida, Skip&Die,

Convergence 2015 brings together media, promoters and technologists including Guardian Live, NTS, Noise of Art and Last.fm. This year Convergence is proud to programme at FutureFest. Divided into 7 areas of futuristic thought, Convergence will present two artist talks for “The Future of Music”. Matthew Herbert and George Clinton will discuss their work, their relationship to technology and some of their most outlandish concepts and triumphs on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March, respectively.

Convergence is also proud to announce the launch of Convergence Sessions – a series of discussions and workshops taking place at Kachette in Old Street. In partnership with Mixcloud, onedotzero, Sound and Music, Tech City UK and more, the daytime sessions will explore two main themes: Future of music industry and audio production and Innovation in multimedia, digital art, and live music visuals.

Convergence live shows will take place at leading venues across London, including Royal Festival Hall, Village Underground and St John-at-Hackney Church.

Check out the Friday, March 20th schedule with onedotzero – features Marshmallow Laser Feast!

14.00 – 14.45 – Marshmallow Laser Feast
A unique opportunity to hear from the creative studio behind some of the most intriguing immersive experiences of the recent past. Whether they’re using robotics, virtual reality, or real time mapping, these artists and creative technologists create highly emotional and human-driven experiences. Marshmallow Laser Feast’s Robin McNicholas and Barney Steel will take to the stage to present a behind-the-scenes look at previous projects, and to discuss ‘Laser Face’, their new sugar fuelled laser installation which will debut at Convergence.

‘Laser Face’ tracks your facial expression as you chew whilst a contact mic listens to the marshmallow mastication. The tracked facial expressions are then combined with generative audio to create a reactive personalised laser show like no other.


Wearable Technology Show 2015 (London, England)

The Wearable Technology Show will provide the world’s largest expo and conference for wearable technology in 2015.

Over 3,500 delegates will pack into London’s ExCel conference centre to hear from some of the top names in wearables, augmented reality and IOT.

Co-located with The Wearable Technology Show will be The Augmented Reality Show, Europe’s largest independent event for AR, VR and development tools. Delegates will have a a unique opportunity to hear from some of the leading experts, view the latest product demonstrations and network with the industry.

The Wearable Technology Show boasts 9 different conference tracks:

Innovation & IOT Main Stage
Performance Sports & Fitness
Product, Payments & Retail
Smart Textiles & Fashion
Augmented Reality
Start Up Theatre
Connected Living
Enterprise & M2M

With over 200 speakers, the conference programme will deliver the most comprehensive and in-depth information than any other wearables event.

In our expo hall, visitors will be able to see some of the latest and most innovative products in our Crunchwear Zone, as well as viewing wearable technologies and smart gadgets from some of the biggest names in technology.

Lunchtime Talk: Nano Simbox at Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed (Bristol, England)

Studio resident Becky Sage will join us to introduce Interactive Scientific’s latest experiment in making the nano-world of particles and forces not just visible, but interactive and influenceable by your own energetic fields.

Nano Simbox is a new development from the team behind danceroom Spectroscopy (dS) that can recognise your hands as they move in front of a laptop or desktop computer, and visualise them in real time interacting with a soup of molecules (the image above is showing the hydrogen and oxygen particles found in H20), allowing you to manipulate them in real time and in doing so learn about the physics at play in this tiny universe.

This evolution of the work that started with danceroom Spectroscopy is designed to bring the epic experience of dS, which tends to be shown in massive environments with troupes of dancers, into the domestic or educational scale, increasing access and direct experience of this exciting project fusing art with scientific enquiry.

Julian Oliver – The Crystal Line – The Future Battlefield Heard Through Its Past (Leicester, England, UK)

Created by internationally-renowned artist Julian Oliver, The Crystal Line reconstructs a World War One crystal radio as a way to hear about the future of warfare.

The advent of radio communications revolutionised war, removing the need for human and animal messengers, and giving commanders more effective control of their troops on the frontline.

The radios possessed an almost magical quality, turning electromagnetic phenomena in the air directly into electricity. Today, all wireless communications are descendants of the crystal radio, from mobile phones to wireless networking.

The Crystal Line will scour the World Wide Web for the latest developments in warfare, transmitting them to the radio set complete with audio properties and textures unique to a crystal radio set; heard just as men in the trenches would have heard them a century ago.

Commissioned by Phoenix and The Cutting Room.

George Khut’s ‘The Heart Library Project’ at Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age at FACT HQ (Liverpool, England, UK)

Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age

Originating from FACT’s extensive work within mental health and wellbeing, the exhibition explores the complex relationship between technology, society, and mental health.

The Heart Library Project

The Heart Library Project: 2009-2012 from George Khut on Vimeo.

The Heart Library Project is an interactive art exhibition designed for presentation in hospital and health care settings, schools, museums and art galleries. It combines interactive heart rate controlled audio-visuals with audience participation to create a unique environment where people can reflect, explore and share experiences connected to ideas of embodiment, body-mind and presence.

Emotionally-mediated changes in heart-rate are used to influence the colour and sound of large, ceiling mounted video projection: a mirror image of the participant resting below – created with a hidden video camera. Participants see their own body as if floating above them – like a reverse out-of-body experience. The projected imagery gets redder in colour as their heart rate gets faster, and goes blue when their rate is slowing down.

The Heart Library Project: Mapping Experience, Sharing Stories… from George Khut on Vimeo.

After their interaction with the video, participants are invited to contribute a response to the work in the form of a hand-drawn experience map and recorded interviews – these contributions constitute ‘The Heart Library’ – a celebration and reflection of the body as a living experience, imbued with feelings, motivations, history and imagination…


Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age at FACT HQ (Liverpool, England, UK)

It is commonly noted that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health issue at some time in their lives. What is less often discussed is why in a wealthy and technologically advanced part of the world, so many of us continue to struggle with poor mental health.

For many the presence of digital technologies is exacerbating this problem, by altering our sense of self and our social relationships. Meanwhile, others suggest that technological innovation is a crucial tool for finding new ways to improve the lives of those who experience social isolation, illness and emotional distress.

Group Therapy presents a diverse collection of artworks, research and design innovation exploring connections between mental health and the values, political conditions, and technologies that that structure our lives. It frames mental health not as problem that affects a small cohort of people living on the fringes of society, but as a social issue that plays a part in all of our lives. To emphasise this, the exhibition and many of the works within it are designed to prompt visitors to reflect on their own mental state, by creating experiences that bring awareness to the body and mind.

FutureEverything 2015 (Manchester, UK)

Celebrating it’s 20th anniversary in 2015!

The FutureEverything festival brings people together to discover, share and experience new ideas for the future. Pioneering the practice of city-wide ‘festival as laboratory’ it combines a large scale cultural event – encompassing art, music and discussion – with new technology, novel research methods and playful social experiments. It has been named by The Guardian as one of the top ten ideas festivals in the world.

World Premiere of ‘Sunken Ripples” at Glasgow Film Festival (Glasgow, Scotland)

SunkenRipples Preview Teaser from Julie Williamson on Vimeo.

Come and experience the exciting cutting edge technology of an interactive spherical display as part of a new kind of audiovisual performance.

For the first time ever, a spherical display will be joined with the IMAX screen to create an immersive and playful experience in an underwater landscape. Join us in the world of Sunken Ripples, where interaction and touch on the spherical display ripple into huge proportions.