When I perform with visuals, it usually involves a dinky projector and a basement club. Not at Optronica, a show running through the weekend in London. Think IMAX:
Optronica is a hybrid of film festival and music festival featuring live audiovisual performances, cinema screenings, installations and talks.
Headlining at the bfi London IMAX Cinema we have ex-Kraftwerk star Karl Bartos with his stunning live AV show, the world premiere of surround-sound audiovisual project ‘Greedy Baby’ from Warp Records’ Plaid & Bob Jaroc, and the UK premiere of DJ Spooky’s solo film remix ‘Rebirth of a Nation’, in which the noted New York turntablist adds new music and meaning to DW Griffith’s controversial masterpiece The Birth of a Nation.
But if you are in London, get those tickets fast. The Optronica folks write us,
Optronica launches tonight and kicks off with a completely sold out show…! A fantastic start to the festival as Plaid & Bob Jaroc premiere their new surround audiovisual show Greedy Baby at the bfi London IMAX cinema in Waterloo.
Tickets are also going very fast for “Optronica Lab” this Friday night, which sees the UK premiere of Canadian’s Skoltz_Kolgenâ€™s Sonar success story FlÃ¼ux:/terminal and both the World premieres of the new shows from People Like Us and Sundance winners The Sancho Plan.
There are still tickets on sale for the cinema programmes “Optronica On Screen” and “Media Remixed”, but “Big in Japan” is nearly sold out too – it includes the first live performance in the UK from W+K TokyoLab artist Masakatsu Takagi.
Got all that? No? Check the event lineup or see the main Optronica site. And Londoners, please send us some photos, concert reports, you know, anything that allows us to live vicariously through you! Thanks!