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Watch: Empty Spaces – Myriam Boucher

Myriam Boucher’s Empty Space is a video and sound installation that acts as a companion to her audiovisual composition premiering in this year’s Visible Bits, Audible Bytes

Image: Still from Myriam Boucher’s Empty Spaces

Opening times: Fri: 5 – 9pm, Sat: 11am – 7pm
Location: Phoenix Art Centre

Myriam Boucher’s Empty Spaces is a video and sound-based installation that acts as a companion or ‘prelude’ to her audiovisual composition by the same name, which will be premiering in this year’s Visible Bits, Audible Bytes. The installation explores the genesis of her project: the village where she grew up – concerning the source of the desire to run away, to escape from reality.

Structured from several short and overlapped video segments, the installation presents a duality between the other world – presented by imaginary and dreamlike places, which are overlooked as the crow flies – and the real world, presented by empty and ‘tough’ places.  This duality is also reflected in the sound and music: a harsh and very ‘cold’ sound from modular synthesizers and recordings of a dog barking, a snowstorm and a snow removal truck, all cohabit with sounds from a violin, cello and tubas.

In addition to this installation and the screening in Visible Bits, Audible Bytes, Boucher will also be presenting a VJ Workshop on Sat 1 Jun.

Montréal-based Myriam Boucher is an award-winning video and sound artist. Her work has won prizes in the 2015 and 2016 (first prize) JTTP awards, the LUFF 2017 (best experimental short-movie award), the 2015 JIM Electroacoustic Compositions Competition and the Bourse Euterke 2015, and has been presented at many international events and places, including Kontakte (DE), Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (CA), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg (FR), and Akousma (CA).

This event is part of Interfaces, a Creative Europe project which aims to inspire more people of all ages and demographics to experience contemporary music and sound art and learn to incorporate the European musical legacy in newly found idioms and contexts. De Montfort University’s Institute of Sonic Creativity is a partner, along with nine other European institutions.

Image: Still from Myriam Boucher’s Empty Spaces

Workshop: Collaborative Animated Light Graffiti with Urban Projections (29/6)

Workshop: Collaborative Animated Light Graffiti with Urban Projections

Reservation Link: https://www.phoenix.org.uk/event/urban-projections-collaborative-animated-light-graffiti/
Date: Wednesday 29 May 2019
Time: 19:000-21:00
Mobile light projects will be shown in the city, starting around 22:00.
Location: Phoenix Square https://www.phoenix.org.uk|
Price: Free, but space is limited. Online reservation required.

In this community workshop, participants will learn how to use special software on iPads to craft collaborative animations. A selection of the workshop pieces will then be displayed around Leicester at night with a custom ‘light cycle’ portable high-definition projection system.

Urban Projections is the work and collaborations of multimedia artist Rebecca Smith. Fusing hand-crafted art-forms with digital technologies, her work seeks to surprise and engage audiences with its playful tone and interactivity. Constantly striving and seeking ways to push the boundaries of her discipline, Rebecca creates unique digital experiences.

For questions about the workshop, contact Professor Bret Battey at De Montfort University (bbattey@dmu.ac.uk).

Workshop: VJ-ing with Myriam Boucher

VJ Workshop with Myriam Boucher

When? Saturday, 1 June 2019
Where? Phoenix Cinema Conference Rooms  <link to come>
What time? 19:00-21:00
Price? Free, but space is limited. Online reservation required.

How to register: Visit the Phoenix website for details: https://www.phoenix.org.uk/event/vj-workshop-with-myriam-boucher/

Computers with Resolume software will be available.


VJing is the emerging art of live performance of visual projections with music. Here is your opportunity to learn VJ technique hands-on from an award-winning artist who is master in both visuals and music production. Montréal-based video and sound artist Myriam Boucher will teach aspects of her approach to live performance with Resolume software, with special attention to questions of how to work with musical structures and to create organic visual textures and transformations.

Myriam Boucher has VJ’d for numerous international artists, including Mind Against (IT), Medasin (US), Deadboy (GB), The Zenker Brothers (GE), Nina Las Vegas (AU), Automatisme (CA), Equiknoxx (JM), and DJ Lag (ZA) – and at major events such as Mutek (CA, AE) and Igloofest (CA). Her commission list is varied and distinguished and includes the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM), Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Magnitude6, Collectif9 and Architek Percussion.

Her work has won prizes in the 2015 and 2016 (first prize) JTTP awards, the LUFF 2017 (best experimental short-movie award), the 2015 JIM Electroacoustic Compositions Competition and the Bourse Euterke 2015, and has been presented at many international events and places, including Kontakte (DE), Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (CA), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg (FR), and Akousma (CA).

For questions about the workshop, contact Professor Bret Battey at De Montfort University (bbattey@dmu.ac.uk).

mage: Myriam Boucher VJing at Mutek 2018 © Bruno Destombes.

Visible Bits, Audible Bytes: 31 May 2019

Visible Bits, Audible Bytes

When? Friday, May 31, 2019
Where? Phoenix Cinema
What time? 18:00-19:30
Tickets? https://www.phoenix.org.uk/event/visible-bits-audible-bytes-2019/
Price: Free. Phoenix reservations recommended.


Visible Bits, Audible Bytes brings genre-defying audiovisual art to Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema. From the ecstatic to the sublime, from the chaotic to the calmed: see how artists and musicians around the world are using new technologies to animate imaginative audiovisual worlds. Going beyond the bounds of traditional narrative, abstract flows of image and sound invite wonder and contemplation. 

With the support of the EU Interfaces project, Visible Bits, Audible Bytes has commissioned award-winning Montréal video artist and composer Myriam Boucher, to premiere a new live performance work in Leicester. On June 1, she will also be presenting a workshop on VJ-ing – the performance of live visuals for music.

Event: Punto y Raya Festival – A Retrospective (1 June 2019)

Punto y Raya Festival – A Retrospective

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Location: Phoenix Cinema <link to come>
Time: 15:00-17:00
Price: Free. Phoenix reservations recommended.

Reservation Link: https://www.phoenix.org.uk/event/punto-y-raya-festival-a-retrospective/


Punto y Raya fosters Audiovisual Arts in their purest state: Form, Colour, Motion and Sound. No representation! This renders it Universal and Timeless. Its mission is to recapture the spirit of Cinéma Pure and Absolute Film formulated by the European avant-garde in the 1920s, consolidating this unique artform laying at the intersection between Fine Arts and Media. This presentation by festival co-founder Nöel Palazzo offers a review of their 12-year trajectory, focusing on contemporary works and the many diverse techniques the artists have explored and developed.”


Credit: Still from ‘Studies I – IV’ by Jonathan Gillie

In Situ: Find out more

In Situ

In December 2018, the ‘In Situ‘ project brought together a collective of sound artists to host a three-day series of talks and installations within historical locations in Leicester.

The collaboration between De Montfort University and IRCAM (Pompidou Centre, Paris), has involved the creation of site-specific artistic environments celebrating special historic architecture, providing unique sonic experiences at historical locations.

The activity is organised in the framework of the Interfaces Network, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

More information is available in the documents found below.

Listen: Sample-based Music Workshop

On the 25 and 26th of October 2018, Prof. Leigh Landy worked with students from AMU – The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – to deliver a workshop on Sample-based Music.

The students came from all three of AMU’s faculties: namely, the Theatre Faculty (DAMU), the Film & TV School (FAMU) and the Music & Dance Faculty (HAMU). Additional students participating in the MA in New Media at Charles University also attended.

More information on the workshop can be found by visiting: http://www.snmsounds.cz/sample-based-music-workshop/. Additionally, photos and three of the compositions created in the workshop are available here!

Words courtesy of SNM Sounds:

Sampling is a peculiar area of musical innovation for, unusually, in some ways developments within more popular forms of sample-based music have shown the way for more experimental musicians. Often it works the other way around. An example of this is how musicians with roots in popular music collaborate within sampling culture/remix. Many working within more innovative circles still adhere to the composer as the ‘owner’ of a work, something that is slightly contradictory given the nature of the use of samples.

The workshop focused on how to make sample-based music. Subjects were include decisions regarding how to find and collect/record samples; how to approach composing with these materials; compositional and manipulation techniques; and so on. Participants were supposed to use their favorite software or the software made for beginners called Compose with Sounds.

 

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Music Workshop: “Making music with sounds” & “DIY Electronics”, 23-24 April 2018, Cyprus

John Richards presents another Interfaces-supported workshop in Cyprus, alongside DMU alumnus Nasia Therapontos.

Music workshops for high school and lyceum students
Talking soundwalks, crafting improvised musical instruments, composing sheet music and much more are coming to the Cultural Foundation! A collaboration between the Foundation and the European University Cyprus introduces secondary school students to new interactive music-based experiences!

23 April 2018 / 9:00-12:00
“Making Music with Sounds” with Dr Nasia Therapontos

This is a fascinating, playful workshop that broadens horizons and brings young audiences into contact with contemporary trends in the international music scene.

24 April 2018 / 09:00-12:00
“DIY Electronics” with John Richards
*in English with simultaneous interpretation

The workshop sets out to present a sequence of units examining improvised music and introducing students to ways of assembling, making and playing musical instruments. The workshop will close with a concert performed by the participants themselves.

For high school and lyceum students
Free participation
For information: https://www.boccf.org/events/Events-2018/—-1/

Submit: Interfaces Community Arts Resources Hub

With the Interfaces Community Arts Resources Hub nearing completion, please use the following to provide information on your community arts projects.

A Google Form is being used to collect data, after which it will be added to the site. Please be sure to use your Google log in to provide the information and ensure your email is valid.

If you do not have a Google account, there is a secondary form available. Please email jack.richardson@dmu.ac.uk for the link to be provided.

Link for submission: https://goo.gl/forms/sMYUbOBM2HtVxnLx1