SHEFFIELD'S annual international platform for digital art, film, design and music, Lovebytes, offers a byte-sized programme of challenging and experimental new work.
Compressed into two days at a variety of city centre venues is a line-up of free events.
Jon Harrison, creative director of Lovebytes, in its 13th year, says: "People in Sheffield are willing to give things a try; it seems innovation and experimentation is infectious here and the city has rightfully developed a culture and a reputation for this kind of work".
Receiving its world premiere at the Showroom Cinema tonight is Advanced Beauty, audio-visual sound sculptures by 17 international artists which will continue to be shown as a video installation at the Millennium Galleries until August.
It has been curated by Sheffield designer Matt Pyke, founder of Universal Everything, who explains: "We set out to collaborate with international digital artists and each one was asked to work within the same parameters, each work responding to music by Freeform. The individual works start and end on a white screen, a virtual white gallery that all the works appear in."
Algorithm is a unique evening of digital sound performance featuring Sheffield's own snd, German musician and sound artist Stephan Mathieu and the UK debut of COH (Ivan Pavlov, former acoustic engineer from Russia, currently resident in Sweden). This snd-curated sound-art performance takes place in Sylvester Space, aiming to transform it with sound and light.
Stephan Mathieu's contribution is Radioland, an audio/visual multi-channel piece based on shortwave radio signals, forming shimmering digital landscapes.
Olsen, a collective from Leeds, present a Saturday matinee of experimental film and sound art, with tea and homemade cake.
Advanced Beauty contributor Karsten Schmidt gives a masterclass in generative design and GOTO10 lead a two-day video workshop using pure:dyne free and open source software.
Tickets should be booked in advance via the website: www.lovebytes.org.uk