Sounds of rainforest in Winter Garden

THE Winter Garden will be enlivened by the atmospheric sounds of the rainforest on Friday when Lovebytes digital arts festival presents an evening of Sonic Materialities.

The event also features a sound and light installation at the Millennium Gallery and and late night opening of the Code:Craft digital art exhibition in the Craft and Design Gallery.

The 6.30pm start is designed to appeal to city centre workers, encouraging them to stay on in town and experience something different to kick off the Valentine weekend. It is also aimed at families with children.

The events in the Winter Garden will feature sounds of the rainforests, presented by world-renowned artists working with field recording and found sound.

It begins with Francisco Lpez who has been recording natural sounds in forest environments for his Mutated Forest installations and will be performing live on the night with a special surround sound system. Later Russell Haswell will present a selection of sound recordings which explore a different side to these forest habitats, from microscopic voices of ant colonies to the sounds of human interventions such as shooting parties and Apache helicopters.

In contrast to these found sound performances, Mark Fell will be presenting his installation work in the Long Gallery which uses entirely synthetic sounds and colours which are generated and controlled by computer programmes, creating complex forms and patterns in sound and light.

Visitors can also enjoy the ongoing Code:Craft exhibition which is interactive and playful. "We have already seen young and old waving their arms in delight, and in one case their walking stick, at Mehmet Akten's interactive installation, Body Paint," said Jon Harrison of Lovebytes.

"The late opening offers an opportunity for people to see the exhibition outside the normal opening hours and also experience the other events which expand on the theme of the Code:Craft exhibition, with artworks made from sound and light.

The event is free, open to all and family friendly. No tickets are required and visitors can drop in through the Arundel Street entrance to the Millennium Gallery between 6.30pm and 10pm. There will be a pay bar.

During the day on Friday Lovebytes will host a We Love Technology conference at Electric Works, charting the latest adventures in the creative use and misuse of emerging technology.

It involves ten informal presentations by pioneering artists, designers and technologists exploring the theme of digital craft including Mehmet Akten, Simon Blackwell, James Boardwell, Crispin Jones, William Ngan and Steve Symons.

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