ELECTROFRINGE FESTIVAL 2002
Newcastle, New South Wales
Electrofringe is an annual festival of digital, hybrid, electronic and new
media arts, now in its fifth year. The festival provides a series of
workshops for young and emerging new media artists, and critical forums
examining the state of new media arts, technology, and screen culture, both
within Australia and globally.
Electrofringe is part of This Is Not Art (TINA) which occurs annually in
Newcastle, New South Wales. TINA also includes Sound Summit independent
labels conference, The National Young Writers Festival, The National
Student Media Conference, The Oceania Indymedia Conference, The New Media:
Critical Approaches conference, and RadioActive independent radio
conference. With all of these events occurring concurrently, TINA is
Australia's largest annual gathering of young media makers, musicians,
artists, writers, and troublemakers.
Electrofringe's international participants this year include:
V/Vm (Manchester, UK)
James Kirby aka V/Vm has released over 100 records on a vairety of labels
including releases on his own V/Vm Test Label. Musically every style has
been touched by the hand of V/Vm and V/Vm operates under the slogan "nobody
is safe". Releases vary from noise, plunderphonic, bootlegs and more. And
V/Vm are in no way sponsered by an insipid arts scene.
The Light Surgeons (UK)
A collective of designers, film makers and musicians, best known for their
pioneering design of projected visual displays at clubs, music tours,
commercial events & exhibitions. They have been at the cutting edge of
multi media sound and light installations since the group was formed in
1995, working across a range of media including digital video, 16mm film,
photography, print based design, music & spoken narrative. The Surgeons
have provided creative production and toured internationally with live
music acts such as the Propellerheads, Cornershop, DJ Food and Unkle and
have worked with many other ground breaking independent record labels and
artists. Their experiments in celluloid & digital formats have led to the
production of promo videos, titles for broadcast, art based installations,
exhibitions and their own live audio visual performances at international
film & new media festivals. Patients include Sony, Columbia Tristar,
Bloomberg, Wall of Sound, Mo Wax, Ninja Tune, Channel 4, BBC and Diesel
John DeKron (Germany)
One of Berlin's leading video performers, playing everywhere from
Loveparade to Mayday. Having developed the video mixing software ES_5 based
on Max/Msp/Nato, he works with the art of absolute real time performance.
Other international participants at This Is Not Art this year include
Neotropic (UK), Kevin Blechdom (USA), Sage Francis (USA), Manitoba
(Canada), Funkarmor (Japan), Mitchell Akiyama (Canada), Tom Frank (USA).
Each night, Newcastle will erupt with sounds and visuals you won't catch
anywhere else. This is Australia's largest electronica and hip hop event.
'FreeNRG' Book Launch Party - Thu 3/10
Cambridge Hotel, 9PM - 5AM, AUD$5 atd
Features a diverse range of artists and imagineers affiliated with the new
anthology FreeNRG: Notes from the Edge of the Dance Floor, a journey into
the activist and inspired dimensions of Australian electronic music and
media culture. The night includes a special presentations by Robin Cooke
(Mutoid Waste), and Peter Strong (Ohms not Bombs) at 10pm sharp followed by
performances from Organarchy, Morphism, DJ Krusty, Kundalini, bags,
Aqueous. Includes the Abominable Knowledge zine library and special guests.
Books/CD Rom available on the night AT discount.
Acts playing: 7u? / Abominable Knowledge Emporium / Aqueous / Bags / Krusty
/ Kundalini / Morphism / Nam Shub of Enki / Organarchy Sound Systems /
Robin Cooke / technomad
Midnight Horror - Thu 3/10
PAN building, 11PM - 3AM, FREE!
Vampyre Movies underscored with spooky audio provided by Frost from
Adelaide, Kate from B(if)tek and IO from Brisbane.... Spooooky.....
HIP HOP MC Battle - Fri 4/10
Cambridge Hotel, 8PM - 2AM, AUD$11
Two rooms of Hip Hop action with the NATIONAL STEALTH MC BATTLE NSW FINAL
starting at 8:30 SHARP. Sage Francis from Anticon in the US of A headlines
the show with supports from the likes of The Herd, Quro and Mostyn,
Hermitude, DJ Danielsan and many more.
Acts playing: Blades Of Hades / Danielsan / DJ Bonez / DJ Dr Phibes / DJ
Groovy D / DJ Mark Pollard / DJ Prince Valium / Hermitude / Jonny Phive and
Lowrion / Monkfly / Sage Francis / Sulo / The Herd / The QURO and MOSTYN
show featuring BVA and MUSKRAT
Vengeance As Sport - Fri 4/10
Hunter On Hunter, 10PM - 4AM, Free entry with $2 coin
loud / dark / brash / abrasive / harsh / uncompromising in your arse / face
/ personal space drum & bass / breakcore / industrial hardcore / audio sludge
Acts playing: Epsilon / Fraughman / Mark N / Paul Blackout / Syndicate
Hard Ware House - Sat 5/10
Honeysuckle Warehouse, 10PM - 7AM, AUD$25
This is the big Saturday night warehouse party in a amazing warehouse space
right behind Civic Station. One room indoors and an AV spectacular ourdoors.
Acts playing: Auxilary / Concord Dawn (NZ) / Dave Miller / Dirty Slut / DJ
Funkarmor / DJ Luv / Hydatid / Kato / Light Surgeons /
Manitoba / Neotropic / Scalene / Sir Robbo / Sub Bass Snarl / The Alphatown
Collective / The Coven
Chilled Experiments - Sun 6/10
Clarendon Hotel, 1PM - 9PM, Free
An afternoon / evening of lushious ambience, chilled breaks and funky
beats, a nice relaxing atmosphere to sit in the sun, have a beer, enjoy the
music, fall asleep, whatever!
Acts playing: Philasophigus / Epoq / Sense / Beat Surgeons / Throbgoblin /
Phreaddee / Trancendental Headache / iOnic /
Beat Surgeons / Darren Ziesing
Mutant Electronica Closing Party - Sun 6/10
Cambridge Hotel, 6PM - 3AM, AUD$16.50
Three rooms of Electronic Mayhem at the Cambridge Hotel.
Acts playing: Anthony Pateras vs Robin Fox / Bradbury vs Sweden / Bunny
Attack / Cindii with Dither / Clue To Kalo /
Curse Ov Dialekt / Dave Brown / Delire / Denki Jam / DJ Arsecrack / Dsico /
ELF / GhostHype / Julian Knowles / Kevin Blechdom / Lalila / Meem / Pablo
Dali vs Audio Cephlon / Paul Abad / Pretty Boy Crossover vs Subliminal /
Puzahki / Raven /
Rik Rue / Scott Sinclair / DJ Smallcock / Steve Law with Kontinuum / TEAM
PLASTIQUE / The New Pollutants / TJ Eckleberg /
Toydeath / two4k / V/Vm (Manchester UK) / Wake Up And Listen
Birdcage - Sun 6/10
594 Hunter St, 7PM - 11PM, Free!
A special outdoor event to warm yr aural toes and yr blind eye - a
collection of ambience and sneaking beats featuring AV textures, visual
rhythms and the audio tiptoe. Performers include Cicada, notsusan, Oxoid,
Alex Davies and special guests.
This Is Not Art includes more than 200 workshops, panels, talks, and
masterclasses. Electrofringe is providing over 60 of these,
with such alluring titles as:
antipoetsonikwerdgalleryshop / Festival Launch/Art Crawl / Online Radio /
Musicians' Journeys / Notes from the Edge of the Dancefloor: Myth Makers
and Culture Creators / Web Developers Toolbox / Modified Instruments /
Video Texts and online narrative / MELDart [elektroXwerkshop] / DemoScene
Overview / Patcher Workshop/Performance / Queensland Showcase / DVD do's
and don'ts / Infinity Box Presentation / DIY Social centres / Screen Comedy
/ Designers After Dark / Cybercultures Forum / Circuit Bending / Wireless
Families / DIY TV / Solitary Confinement: an artist talk / game sy_sect /
Visuals Worldwide /
Lalila Multicam / Australia Council Mentorship Guide Launch / John
Watermann Tribute / Swap Collaborative Workshop / Bootlegs/Mashups: Where
To Now? / Gaming Showcase / The Light Surgeons masterclass / Public Fiction
/ Public/Private Surveillance Strategies / Handheld Technological Objects
and Video Instruments / Media, Power and Girl Culture (workshop / book
launch) / Team Plastique Electroclash Spectacle / elektroXwerd / Spanky
Masterclass / Music Games and Popular culture / Camgirls Forum / Terror
Aesthetics / Space Invasions / John Dekron video masterclass / Where to for
independent game development in Australia? / Info-Psychology & Film
Scanning / Melbourne Audio/Visual Presentation
Plus numerous screenings, including:
Tokyo Techno Tribes / Holiday Camp (Adelaide / Hamburg 2002) / Transcodeur
Express / Independent Exposure 1 / Reelife Short Film Festival / Tasmanian
enviro vids / Laptop Cinema: the small screen / 3 Woomera docos - SKA TV /
Mu-Meson Archives present: Ground Zero, Collateral Damage: "Let's do it!" /
Archimedia presents: Fat of the Land / The Exploding Cinema Show / Guerilla
News Network / Independent Exposure 2 (All Digital Special) / Subliminal
Bodies, Irrational Spaces / Electroshorts
a survey of current computer-based art, from installations to net.art.
There will be several artists' talks during the festival.
For the full program check out
Shannon O'Neill & Joni Taylor
Coordinators - Electrofringe 2002
Phone/Fax +61 2 4927 0470
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