Who’s going to let a shortage of funding ruin one of the most exciting annual events on London’s cultural calendar? Certainly not Alpha-ville, that’s who. After three years, the festival of art, technology, music and web culture have condensed programming into separate public strands, with both events rocking Hackney this weekend.
Alpha-ville Live is a night of live music and performance, this Saturday at the Hackney Empire. The evening will see the London premiere of a collaboration between Mexican electronic musician Murcof with Simon Geilfus of visual collective AntiVJ. Semi-transparent panoramic screens will turn the Empire into one huge immersive audience experience. And not only; also on the bill is Geilfus and Murcof independently, lining up alongside The Field, of the Köln-based techno label and only the act’s second solo performance in over four years, and a live AV from Olaf Bender aka Byetone, sound and visual artist and co-founder of Raster-Noton with Carsten Nicolai.
And the sound and fury does not end there. Across the road, Hackney Picturehouse present Unfinity, an eclectic programme of moving image works, that include animation, experimental works, documentary, music video and computer-generated imagery. Followers of Alpha-ville will know how well they know film and video, and the line-up looks as strong as ever, featuring works by Jeff Desom, Sougwen, Kirby Ferguson, Danel Franke & Cedric Keifer, Kangnim Kim and Dan Ojari. As if that weren’t enough, the organisation will present the Alpha-ville Future of Moving Image Award, presented in partnership with Little White Lies and Shooting People, dedicated to finding the most exciting talent pushing moving image further into the twenty-first century. This promises to be the most original and fun night in town this weekend.
Alpha-ville Live is at Hackney Empire on Saturday 06 October.
Unfinity: Alpha-ville 2012 is at Hackney Picturehouse on Saturday 06 October.