Alpha-Ville – celebrating ‘post-digital’ culture

While sadly the Alpha-Ville festival has been cancelled this year due to funding cuts, like a phoenix from the ashes, organisers have announced an alternative event for the celebration of digital culture.

Unnamed soundsculpture by Daniel Franke (We are Chopchop) and Cedric Kiefer (Onformative) 20122

Source: Cedric Kiefer&Daniel Franke

Unnamed soundsculpture by Daniel Franke (We are Chopchop) and Cedric Kiefer (Onformative) 2012

The festival will now take the form of a series of live events and screening programmes, with the first in the series taking place in early October.

Rear Window timelapse (Day). from the film screenings programme
Rear Window timelapse (Day). from the film screenings programme

The focus remains every much the same as with previous festivals – an exciting exploration of the interaction between electronic music, visual performances and other cultural practices.

Murcof + Simon Geilfus - Unison

Source: photo by Mathias Vejerslev

Murcof + Simon Geilfus – Unison

The Hackney Empire event will feature the London premiere of the collaboration between Mexican electronic musician Murcof and Simon Geilfus of the visual collective AntiVJ. The pair will use semi-transparent and panoramic screens to create an immersive experience where microscopic particles, geometric grids and organic elements are projected into the space.

Byetone by Giselle Galvao
Byetone by Giselle Galvao

On the same bill is visual artist and music producer Byetone. Renowned for his ‘clicks and cuts’ AV work, his hypnotic live sets  use real-time visualisations that form abstract logos and light shows.

The Field

Source: photo by Lars Borges

The Field

The night will also take in a solo show from Swedish artist The Field – only his second solo performance in four years.

38–39°C by Kangmin Kim 2011
38–39°C by Kangmin Kim 2011

The Alpha-Ville screening event at Hackney Picturehouse will show a selection of moving image works including animations, experimental videos and documentaries.

Alpha-Ville Live takes place on  6 October at Hackney Picturehouse 270 Mare Street, London E8 and  Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street, London E8. For more information visit

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