January 18, 2010, Vancouver, Canada – In anticipation of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, there has been a resurgence of cultural awareness as the city prepares itself for the world stage. Spearheading this renaissance is the New Forms Festival (NFF) and the Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition (CODE). Through this joint partnership, this unique event combines a new generation of music, video manipulation, and interactive art. On February 6, 2010, NFF and CODE will be presenting LA Riots, The Golden Filter, Junior Boys DJ Set, Konrad Black, and an array of local musicians and artists at The Hangar in Great Northern Way Campus’ Centre for Digital Media.
The event, which is being hailed as one of the largest and most innovative affairs in the art and digital media world, will be a celebration of local and international talent. The event will feature a hybridization of musical genres meshed with multi-platform image manipulation, projected on large screens throughout The Hangar which is being entirely remodeled and recreated specifically for CODE. Robert Willis, director of the News Forms Media Society and producer behind the event, anticipates a great reception,
This night is going to be quite the eye-opener for those from around the world and for Vancouverites as well,” states Willis. “The realization of vision in these pieces of art, including the collaboration between sound, sight, and this incredible physical environment will give people a better definition of what we are really about: making new media art, music, film, technology-based installation and performance accessible to a wider audience.
The dynamic selection of music melds with the human expression of dance as audience members groove to music tinged with disco, dance-rock, techno and genres in between. Just as the music gives voice to the installations and pieces on display, the pieces speak to the caliber of talent and skill of the digital artists in Vancouver who see this Olympiad as a great opportunity to showcase their talent to the world.
The NFF at CODE night will be an exclamation mark for Canadian music, art, and multi-media,” exclaims Willis. “Nights like ours help local artists express and present their work on a platform that has international credentials as being at the forefront of emerging movements and modes. NFF is a glimpse at where music and digital art are going in the not-too-distant future.”
With this roster of talent and art being showcased on February 6, it seems the future has already arrived.