Spectaculare continues with electronic artist

Myriam Bleau brings her award-winning audiovisual show to CAMP

The fifth Spectaculare Festival continues with a performance by Canadian audiovisual artist Myriam Bleau, who works on the edge of music performance and digital art. She will present her audiovisual performance Soft Revolvers on March 21 at the Prague Center for Architecture and Municipal Planning (CAMP), a relatively new venue near Karlovo náměstí.

Soft Revolvers is an audiovisual performance for four spinning tops built with clear acrylic by the artist. Each top is linked with an instrument in an electronic music composition. The motion data, such as stability and acceleration, is collected by sensors inside the tops and manipulated with algorithms to create music in real time.

With their large circular spinning bodies, the tops evoke turntables and DJ culture, hip-hop and dance music. LEDs placed inside the tops illuminate the body of the objects in a precise counterpoint to the music, creating stunning spinning halos, according to the artist’s description of the show. The show won Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica in 2015.

Myriam Bleau is a composer, multimedia artist and performer who creates audiovisual systems, installations and musical performances. In the past, she has worked in pop music, which has influenced her electronic creations, using hip-hop or techno elements.

“I'm trying to create complex performances in which I connect sound, light and movement. The individual components react to each other, creating specific compositions. I am interested in breaking the boundaries between concepts,” Bleau said. She has already been introduced to the Czech audience at the 4 + 4 Days in Motion Festival.

The festival evening will open with a team of four young artists called XYZ project: Oliver Torr, Marek Šilpoch, Dominik Jančík a Filip Smil. Their audiovisual performance XYZ live is an analog game of light and glass accompanied by synthesizers.

The fifth year of the Spectaculare festival will run to April 23 in various venues across Prague. It ends with pianist Nils Frahm at Lucern’s Velký sál. Frahm is a composer, producer and performer from Berlin. He takes an unconventional approach to the piano.

For more information, visit www.spectaculare.eu or www.facebook.com/festivalspectaculare.

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