Test Card x Collaborate @ Texture MCR, Manchester [19 May]

Test Card x Collaborate

19:00 - 22:00

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Texture MCR
67 Lever Street, M1 1FL Manchester, United Kingdom
Over the last few months, Texture’s, Test Card project has been working in collaboration with Master students from Salford university. Through the project, we offered up Texture as a blank canvas, for the students to create new and creative multimedia based work.

On the 19th of May, we will be holding a special showcase event called Collaborate, presented by the hive & the prim collective. On the night each group that has taken part in the project, will be showcasing their work to the general public.

— “Have you felt like you were born in the wrong year?”

Our story follows Abigail, a young, egotistical writer who begins to
question her existence and lack of recognition for her work in the
present day. Following her desire for fame, her soul takes a journey
through time, in search of a better, more rewarding life.
Arriving in 1917, Abigail realises that The Enigma, the entity aiding her search through time isn’t as helpful as first thought. Soon, she is left desperate to return to 2017, which is when The Enigma plays its most devious trick yet, leaving Abigail doubtful she’ll ever make it back. With both live action and animation, we will follow the intertwining adventure through the past, present and future, but not as you imagine.

— Using Lewis Carroll's classic novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as a device to explore modern digital culture through a unique audio/visual installation. We join our modern day Alice as she unwittingly stumbles into a digital daydream. In our version of wonderland social media dictates your social standing, the more likes you get the bigger you grow. Swapping tea parties for hashtags, Alice learns how to take the perfect selfie and experiences the perils of social media fame. Can Alice learn to navigate her way through this topsy-turvy digital landscape?


Joe Beedles ( Live A/V)
— In anticipation for his Splice Festival debut, down in London on the 27th of May. Test Card regular Joe Beedle, will be finishing off the night with the latest incarnation of his live A/V show.

In his work, young Manchester based audiovisual artist Joe Beedles, draws on live recordings and synthesized noise; he focuses on concepts surrounding club music abstraction, blurring the line between ‘the real’ and ‘the simulated’. His current emphasis is on generative systems for live performance, providing audiences with highly-detailed compositions, emphasising magnified yet obscured soundscapes.

Upon premiering his work at The Banff Centre in March 2016, Joe has continued to develop his live set both technically and conceptually, culminating in solo performances, particularly within the Algorave movement (short for ‘algorithmic rave’, events where people dance to music generated from algorithms). Beedles – who also goes by the artist name Native – releases on London-based label Laura Lies In, his output is varied with stylistic themes of vocal manipulation, carefully considered harmonic structures and modular software set-ups that allow for interesting and unexpected results. His EP ‘Polaris’ was released in 2016.

For this Test Card performance, Beedles performs live algorithmic, generative AV, deconstructing technoise with swathes of textural ambience married up with audio-reactive geometry and visual abstractions.

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