Sessions: Saturday Ticket
Sessions

Sessions: Saturday Ticket

£25.00

Day Two of Convergence Sessions dives straight in to immersive technologies and their influence and impact on stortyelling, music, art, education, curation, podcasts and more.

The morning session is presented by Mixcloud, who invite some of the masters of podcasts and audio storytelling to meet Convergence attendees and discuss where its heading.

Punchdrunk, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Circa 69 and onedotzero take the reins in the afternoon to share how they use tech to create virtual worlds and design interactive experiences. 

Native Instruments wrap up the two-day event with genuinely unique DJ sets and performances  from present-day music pioneers.

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Agenda

10:00 - 10:30

Registration and Introduction

Collect your ticket, grab a coffee, say hello and take your seat as we give you an overview of Convergence Sessions.

10:30 - 12:00

Mixcloud Presents... A Morning of Audio Storytelling

As the well established home of long-form audio, Mixcloud celebrates the continued growth of audio storytelling and podcasts. Starting with the launch of their own podcast series on Audio Culture, they conduct an in-depth interview with electronic music duo and sampling pioneers Coldcut, recorded live in front of the Convergence audience.

The morning continues with a panel discussion on the rise of the long-form format looking at why, in an age of instant gratification, people are turning to podcasts, how technology is impacting this and what we can expect next from podcasting.

Featuring
- Helen Zaltzman (podcaster, The Allusionist and Answer Me This)
- Ruth Barnes (Director and Co-Founder, Chalk & Blade, Founder, The Other Woman)
- Craig Duranti (Moda Black)
- Nikhil Shah (Co-Founder, Mixcloud)

12:30 - 15:30

Exploring The Immersive: From URL to IRL

Key players explore technology as a means to enhance and expand fictional worlds and create new languages for storytelling.

Sharing insight into their practice, these raconteurs discuss what immersive storytelling means in a digital age and where the balance lies between physical and virtual experience

Featuring:
- Alain Thibault (Artistic Director, ELEKTRA, Quebec)
- Robin McNicholas (Co-founder & Creative Director, Marshmallow Laser Feast)
- Colin Nightingale (Creative Producer, Punchdrunk)
- Simon Wilkinson (Artist, also known as Circa69)
- Josh McNorton (Festival Producer, FuturePlay)

(includes lunch break)

15:30 - 17:15

onedotzero Presents... Conducting The Machine

For the fourth year running, onedotzero hosts a programme of talks as part of the Convergence Festival. Conducting the Machine features artists and educators who use machine learning, robotics, wearable computing and prosthetics to design performative systems and interactive experiences.

Introduced by Shane Walter, Creative Director at onedotzero, the session will include keynote presentations from three speakers ending with an audience Q&A.

Featuring:
- Shane Walter (Co-Founder and Creative Director at onedotzero)
- Ruairi Glynn (Artist, Director of the Interactive Architecture Lab at The Bartlett)
- Theodore Spyropoulos (Co-founder of Minimaforms, Director of the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab)
- Phoenix Perry (Artist, Lecturer at Goldsmiths, Founder of Code Liberation Foundation)

18:15 - 21:30

Native Instruments Presents...

Join present-day pioneers as they showcase their work through DJ sets, live performances and talks.

Each artist is known for taking on the industry on their own terms and using their work to tackle unique terrains, from social philosophy to nanoscience. All selected by music production developers, Native Instruments.

Featuring:

- Claire Tolan (Berlin-based artist, weaving ASMR into new and exciting artistic domains)
- Di Mainstone (Hybrid artist exploring sound through music, listed by The New York Times as one of the “new generation visionaries”)
- Nkisi (Producer, DJ, Co-founder of NON, a collective of artists of the African diaspora)
- Scientific Dreamz of U (DJ, Producer, exploring the crossover between electronic music and nanoscience)
- Klein (A musical artist whose neoteric vision has seen her become one of the UK’s most intriguing performers)
- Heart & Soul (A leading creative arts company with learning disability culture at their heart, exploring accessibility in music production)
- One handed musical instrument trust (Dedicated to removing the barriers to music making faced by physically disabled people)
- bela.io (An embedded system for real-time audio processing with ultra-low latency, used in many electronic instruments, kinetic sculptures, installations and more)
- Native Instruments (Cutting edge developer of software and hardware for music production and DJing)

Speakers

Claire Tolan (Berlin based ASMR artist)

Since 2013, much of Claire Tolan’s work has found its foundation in the sounds of ASMR, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. Tolan has hosted 'You’re Worth It', an ASMR show on Berlin Community Radio for three years. She has also worked with ASMR in performance, recording, and exhibition, collaborating with musician Holly Herndon, writer and artist Inger Wold Lund, and artist Camilla Steinum, among others. Tolan was the 2015 Goethe-Institut and SPACE Perlin Noise sound artist-in-residence at London’s White Building and a 2016 Berlin Musicboard Fellow. At present, Tolan is developing an ASMR-inspired tabletop role-playing game (RPG) system, die Siedler von SHUSH.

Colin Nightingale (Creative Producer, Punchdrunk)

Colin's involvement in Punchdrunk started when he discovered the company's first project in London, Chair (2002) and was invited by its founder, Felix Barrett, to get involved in the realisation of future projects. His creative approach to production management and producing have become an integral part of Punchdrunk, helping to realise all UK major projects since Woyzeck (2004). As Senior Producer he successfully managed the company's first international project Sleep No More (2009) in Boston & its transfer to NYC (2011) which also included working on the collaboration with MediaLab, MIT to explore an online/digital experience at was embedded for a limited time in the New York production. He was the Creative Producer on The Borough (2013) an audio theatrical experience that unfolded on the streets of Aldebrugh, Suffolk.
https://www.punchdrunk.org.uk/

Di Mainstone (Hybrid artist exploring sound through music)

Listed by The New York Times as one of the 'new generation visionaries', artist and researcher, Di Mainstone creates body-centric sculptures, designed to initiate movement and storytelling. Many of these wearable artefacts are inspired by technology. Some of them release sound when handled. Often, they can be modified to create new silhouettes, environments and functionalities. All of them tell a story.

Di’s body-centric devices have been performed at home and abroad, most notably at The V&A, The Barbican, The National Portrait Gallery, Eyebeam NYC and the Swedish National Touring Theatre.
http://dimainstone.com/

Klein (Artist)

South London based musician Klein is an artist who’s neoteric vision has seen her quickly become one of the UK’s most intriguing and unpinnable producers and performers. Her often playful and restive approach to composition is instantly alluring. Samples of obscure Nigerian B-Movies clatter into jagged beats. Distant piano loops lurk in the haze whilst beguiling vocals fade in and out of the sensory World she has created.
This year has seen the release of her debut album Only, self released online and then on heart shaped diamond USB stick by DIY label Howling Owl Records, and more recently the Lagata EP that has led her to be featured in Dazed and Confused, Wire, and i-D magazine; the latter of which premiered the beautiful Akinola Davies JR directed video for Marks Of Worship – a stunning five minutes piece of murky ambience dominated by a Whatsapp sermon sent from a Nigerian Aunt. You would expect nothing less from Klein.

Native Instruments (Cutting edge developer of software and hardware for music production and DJing)

Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production and DJing. The company's mission is to develop innovative, fully-integrated solutions for all musical styles and professions. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and amateurs alike. Native Instruments opened up the fascinating world of real-time sound synthesis on standard computers in 1996, and today offers an extensive product range for musicians, producers and DJs. The company currently employs more than 400 people in its offices in
Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shenzhen, and London.

Recent innovations such as the Stems open music format blur the boundary between production and DJing with exciting performance possibilities. Native Instruments’ hardware interfaces are the most widely used tools for beat-making, sound design and DJ performance. Their Komplete Kontrol S-Series is the first keyboard of its kind to include accessibility features for visually impaired users, opening up the world of Komplete and NKS instruments.
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/

Nkisi (Producer, DJ, Co-founder of NON, a collective of artists of the African diaspora)

Nkisi is a member of London’s Endless crew and co-founder of NON, a collective of African artists and diaspora who aim to use sound as their primary means to oppose contemporary canons. Her sets uniquely weave Congolese rhythms with a palette of mutant electronic and new, hardcore sounds.
https://soundcloud.com/nkisi

Phoenix Perry (Artist, Lecturer at Goldsmiths, Founder of Code Liberation Foundation)

Phoenix Perry creates physical games and user experiences. Her work looks for opportunities to bring people together to raise awareness of our collective interconnectivity. As an advocate for women in game development, she founded Code Liberation Foundation, and is also an entrepreneur and principal founder in Dozen Eyes Games, a company producing works for social change and interactive installations. She is currently Lecturer in Physical Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Perry's creative work spans a large range of disciplines including drawing, generative art, video, games, interfaces and sound. Her projects have been seen worldwide at venues and festivals including the GDC, E3, Come out and Play, Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, Lincoln Center, Transmediale, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, LAMCA, Harvest Works, Babycastles, European Media Arts Festival, GenArt, Seoul Film Festival and Harvestworks.
http://phoenixperry.com/

Ruairi Glynn(Artist, Director of the Interactive Architecture Lab at The Bartlett)

Ruairi Glynn is Director of the Interactive Architecture Lab, and practicing digital artist with recent exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou Paris, the National Art Museum of China Beijing, and the Tate Modern, London. Drawing influence from the fields of psychophysics, cybernetics, and performance, his recent interactive installations have reflected upon rapid developments in robotics, and artificial intelligence exploring their uncanny aesthetics.
http://www.ruairiglynn.co.uk/

Scientific Dreamz of U (DJ, Producer exploring electronic music and nanoscience).

Scientific Dreamz of U is the musical output of a gentle London-based nanotechnologist. The project blends elements of Trance, 'New Age' and Body Music with the deeper reaches of Techno.
Long-form synaesthetic tracks have found homes on Tabernacle, 1080p Collection, R-Zone and Bokhari with upcoming releases on Emotional Response and Pinkman Broken Dreams.

The work discussed at Convergence represents the fruit of 4 years of research in the field of nanoscale magnetism. A description of the current state of the art will inform an outline of a recent breakthrough in next-generation magnetic computational processing, data storage and neural network technologies.

Shane Walter (Co-Founder and Creative Director, onedotzero)

Shane Walter is a multi-disciplinary creative director, designer, curator, commissioner and writer working in digital for 25 years, He is co-founder and creative director of onedotzero, a global- reaching digital cultural agency and international festival now in its 20th year at the forefront of digital culture.

Shane has produced and commissioned work from a generation of digital creators across installations, live AV, film, animation and online. He has brought digital culture into the brand world for the likes of Nike, Intel, Sky, Google, Acer, and worked with bands from U2 and the Stones to Take That and Lady Gaga for both music videos and global live shows.

Simon Wilkinson (Artist, also known as Circa69)

Simon Wilkinson's work incorporates audiovisual, installation, VR, electronic music, online
and performance mediums; often combining multiple approaches simultaneously. His work has been featured at Tate Modern and regularly tours internationally.

The most recent five works, produced under the name CiRCA69 and collectively entitled ‘Whilst The Rest Were Sleeping’, exist within a continuous narrative universe. Shows from this series have,

Theodore Spyropoulos (Co-founder of Minimaforms, Director of the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab)

Theodore Spyropoulos is an architect and educator. He is the Director of the Architectural Association’s world-renowned Research Lab (AADRL) in London. He has been a visiting Research Fellow at M.I.T’s Centre for Advanced Visual Studies working with the Interrogative Design Group and co-founded the New Media and Information Research Initiative at the Architectural Association. Theodore directs the experimental architecture and design studio Minimaforms with his brother Stephen Spyropoulos. Recent projects include a large scale land art work in Norway, a vehicle in collaboration with artist Krzystof Wodiczko, a behaviour based robotic installation for the FRAC Centre and immersive ephemeral environment for the city of Detroit.

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