"One of the most striking live experiences out there" - Mixmag
"One of the most beautiful and stunning display of talent and technology we've ever hosted" - Decibel Festival
How Emergence works: vimeo.com/124936375
I worked with lots of different video artists and musicians, plus two mathematicians, putting together content to tell the story I wanted, and a performance system that allows me to control both the music and the visuals simultaneously live. It's been a challenging project, but a lot of fun, and hopefully is something interesting.
There is a lot of background information and structure to the show and it's chapters, but I also wanted it to be enjoyable without the analysis too, on a purely visual and musical level, as I think it's important for people to take what they want from it, rather than the experience being too prescriptive.
The story starts from fundamentals like the structure of numbers (the distribution of the primes) and (hyper)dimensionality, before going into the big bang, universe formation, stars, falling into a black hole, the earth, early life forms, cellular forms and intracellular chaos, plant growth/photosynthesis, and eventually the arrival of humans, the birth of awareness, the capitalist machine, the digital self and post digital age - all as my own interpretation of each topic of course, it's not a lecture, but the messages are there if you want to delve beyond the surface of each section.
I chose this idea because it tied to some of my old video content and work, and also provided me with a huge range of visual ideas to explore and to continue to develop for the show. Because I have live control over the visuals and music, no two shows will be the same, with different narrative content as well as different music and live editing of both the music and visuals each time.
As well as telling the story through each separate chapter, I put a lot of effort into designing synced audio and visual effects that allow me to deconstruct any scene and piece of music into underlying form. So rich scenes get broken down further and further into ever more simple building blocks, and built back up again, as a link to the idea of form underlying reality, and simple natural laws yielding the complex world we live in.
I'm excited to be doing a special version of Emergence with my collaborator and the composer/pianist Tom Hodge for the Berlin show, and to have The Slow Revolt supporting in Amsterdam.
Big thanks to Sam Mardon for filming at BEAF and putting together this video, and Cameron and Matt for filming the premiere at Decibel Festival.
And hopefully see you at one of the shows soon!