What: Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival
When: 7 p.m. Friday, March 15 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16
Where: Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts, 200 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette
Friday Lineup: Derek Holzer - Vector Synthesis AV Performance; Janet Feder and Joshue Ott - Prepared Guitar & Electronic Image; L'Astra Cosmo - AudioVisual Vector Synthesis; Sean Winters & Angie Eng - Piano & Electronic Image
Saturday Lineup: Derek Holzer - A Media Archaeology Of Vector Graphics; Jason and Deborah Bernagozzi - What IS Signal Culture? The Signal IN the Culture; libi rose striegl - Digging In: A hands-on Guide to Media Archeology; Janet Feder - Trip Sitting: A guided journey along the timeline of psychedelia
More info: leafcolorado.org
Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival is returning for its fifth season with world class new-media performance from Helsinki/Berlin, New York, and Denver/Boulder. One evening is dedicated to performances and the other evening for talks and demonstrations.
According to David Fodel, curator of LEAF 2019, this season's objective is to "uncover."
"We want to go to the garage sale in your mind and find that object of personal glee, truth and fascination that mesmerizes, seduces and engages. This year's invited artists look at old tech in new ways, new tech in old ways and ask us to wonder where we've been and where we're going. We'll collectively dig into the archeology of lost and found media," Fodel said in a statement.
On March 15, Helsinki/Berlin-based sound artist, instrument builder and theorist Derek Holzer will present a vector synthesis controlled projector-less light and sound performance based on his custom software and hardware.
Local favorite and world-renowned musician Janet Feder will perform her unique brand of prepared guitar while New York artist and mobile app developer Joshue Ott captures, manipulates and projects Janet's physical performance visually, using augmented reality tools of his own design.
Pianist and University of Colorado ATLAS doctoral candidate Sean Winters will work alongside internationally acclaimed visualist Angie Eng, exploring hybrid realms of live visual music.
And returning to LEAF, Colorado-based Nathan Jantz and Jahnavi Stenflo will premier a brand new audiovisual project called L'Astra Cosmo, delving into modular vector-based signal generation and transcoding of sound and image.
On March 16, many of the artists will be giving talks and demos. Holzer will discuss the history of vector synthesis and electronic media in Finland, where he teaches at the MediaLab, Aalto University, Helsinki. This form of synthesis was originally developed by the military and is something of a 'lost technology' that has recently been revived by artists and hackers looking for unique systems and processes to generate novel sounds and images.
Jason and Deborah Bernagozzi will deliver a talk and demonstration of both the technical and cultural implications of living in a "signal culture." The two run the acclaimed residency program in upstate New York called Signal Culture, where artists are invited to work with vintage and contemporary image and sound processing tools. Working versions of some of the Signal Culture live performance applications will be demonstrated. Signal Culture is supported by the Rauschenberg Foundation and mediaThe Foundation, Inc.
Feder will explore the roots of psychedelia, and the ways in which it is woven into art, music, and culture at large. She teaches internationally and currently is at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
"We thought it fitting that a festival theme dedicated to the idea of uncovering old technologies and processes would include an archeologist — Media Archeologist and Manager at the CU Boulder Media Archeology Laboratory, libi rose striegl — to discuss a hands-on approach to uncovering hidden hardware agendas and setting technology free from its past," Fodel said. "libi's work hacks at old tech to explore alternate uses and outcomes. Expect to see working models of obsolete media tech at the venue."
LEAF is a 501(c)3 organization, and is sponsored by Arts Lafayette, The Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts, and the City of Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission.