AV Festival Opening Gala, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

AV Festival Opening Gala, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

AV Festival Opening Gala, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

AV Festival Opening Gala, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

AV Festival Opening Gala, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

UMAMi, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

UMAMi, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

Ryoji Ikeda, C4I & Data.Matrix, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival

Ryoji Ikeda, C4I & Data.Matrix, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival

Ryoji Ikeda, C4I & Data.Matrix, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival

Alva Noto aka Carston Nicolai at First Friday, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival

AV Festival 06 took over The Sage Gateshead presenting six and a half hours of live performance including world premieres of work by Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai. The Sage Gateshead’s concourse was transformed by stunning new projections by artist Marius Watz.

Ryoji Ikeda: Data Matrix & C4i
AV Festival 06 presented the world premiere of Ikeda’s new work data.matrix (working title) subsequently renamed datamatics. Using pure data as a source for sound and visuals, datamatics combines abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space in a powerful and breathtakingly accomplished work. It is part of Ikeda’s datamatics series‚ an art project that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi–substance of data that permeates our world.

Projecting dynamic, computer–generated imagery – in pared down black and white with striking colour accents, Ikeda’s intense yet minimal graphic renderings of data progress through multiple dimensions. From 2D sequences of patterns derived from hard drive errors and studies of software code, the imagery transforms into dramatic, rotating views of the universe in 3D, whilst the final scenes add a further dimension as four-dimensional mathematical processing opens up spectacular and seemingly infinite vistas. A powerful and hypnotic soundtrack reflects the imagery through a meticulous layering of sonic components to produce immense and apparently boundless acoustic spaces.

alva noto (Carsten Nicolai): Transall
alva noto (Carsten Nicolai) is one of the most important and critically acclaimed electronic musicians working today. For AV Festival 06 he presented a live audiovisual performance from his acclaimed Transall series. Nicolai creates precise rhythmic structures with electronic clicks and glitches as essential elements of his music, combining these pared-down electronic sounds with the rhythmic groove of hip hop and R&B. In his powerful live audiovisual performances, Nicolai produces sublime, post-techno grooves, accompanied by his now legendary synaesthesic video.

UMAMi, Preamptive, Retina Glitch & Grainy Collective: Who Am I? 
The Newcastle-based audio-visual collective UMAMi, founded by Jeff Cleverley, transform The Sage Gateshead concourse into a large-scale projection canvas. VJ’s Preamptive, and Retina Glitch and a unique soundtrack score by Grainy Collective take you on a fully immersive audio and visual journey.

Credit
Curated and produced by AV Festival 06

Opening Gala

£18

Fri 3 March 2006, 7.30pm–2am

The Sage Gateshead

St Mary's Square
Gateshead Quays
Gateshead NE8 2JR 
thesagegateshead.org