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Thinking Digital Arts Performing New Technologies

16, 17 May 14:00-17:00 at The Sage, Gateshead

Thinking Digital Arts: where arts, technology and digital culture collide.

Held over two days Thinking Digital Arts comprises of three main components. A performance from double Grammy awarded Imogen Heap, plus the premier of Di Mainstones commision and a panel of leading experts in the art tech field.

16th May:

Commission: Di Mainstone

Di Mainstone creates interactive installations that combine sculpture, music, dance, technology and film. For Thinking Digital Arts, she will respond to the Sage Gateshead and blend digital and biotechnologies with music, acoustics, movement and architecture to create a design fiction film. Drawing from the building’s unique architecture, shape, systems, staff and visitors, the film will highlight its bespokely designed structures. Imagining these structures as vital organs which make up the mechanism of a giant musical instrument, she will explore ways to release the buildings voice, resonance and soul.


Date: Tuesday, 16 May 2017 Time: 14.00 Venue: Northern Rock Hall, Sage Gateshead Tickets: £10.80

Join us for our Thinking Digital Arts panel discussion featuring critically acclaimed digital musician Imogen Heap, sound artist, designer and electronic musician Yuri Suzuki, live coding pioneer Alex McLean, Ghislaine Boddington, a researcher, curator and director specialising in body responsive technologies and immersive experiences and this years Thinking Digital Arts commissioned artist Di Mainstone.

(Thinking Digital Conference Pass holders have the option to attend the Panel free of charge as part of their registration.)


17th May.

Performance: Imogen Heap

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2017 Time: 20.30 Venue: Hall 2, Sage Gateshead Tickets: £16.10

Self produced, twice Grammy awarded artist and innovator, Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. In this unique performance/talk Imogen will take us through projects she’s currently developing while weaving in live songs into the talks. Heap’s much talked about MiMu gloves system will be on hand as she shares the connected stories with us. Guiding us into The Life of A Song project (Hide and Seek) and sharing her pioneering vision for a sustainable future music industry ecosystem in light of Blockchain technology (Mycelia). Heap will expand out into how all these technologies and projects are to be enabling Heap’s next world tour ambitions.


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