New Forms Festival

A series of free, all-ages workshops & community events lead by artists and special guests from FACT Magazine, dublab, Simon Fraser University & more. Presented as part of New Forms Festival 2019.

Thursday, September 26, 6-8pm
Workshop: Producer’s Corner
Nene H (DE), LSDXOXO (US), Giant Swan (UK). Moderated by dub-lab

These 30-minute demos by NFF artists dive into pro-tips on performing a live hardware/modular set, remixing for a queer dancefloor, and improvising as a duo.

Nene H (DE) is hailed as part of a new generation that is pushing techno forward. B.1987 Istanbul, she achieved notable acclaim as a classically trained pianist, and has chosen a liberating path where she could incorporate her interest in contemporary art and electronic music into her work. Her live sets involve a psychedelic integration of modular and live vocals.

LSDXOXO (US) is a “deliciously confrontational” queer DJ and producer based in Berlin, and with projects like Whorecore, voted one of FACT Mag’s 50 Best Albums of the Year. His wild manipulation of mainstream sounds often applies sex positive narratives to pop culture.

Across a table of machines and pedals, incorporating abused guitar and liberal vocal manipulation, Giant Swan (UK) create a cross-breed of hypnotic bass, industrial percussion and disorientating energy delivered with telepathic intricacy.  With strong ties to Bristol’s deep musical heritage, no two performances are the same as the duo constantly re-build and destroy their twisted vision of techno-not-techno.

Friday, September 27, 6-8pm
Lecture: Lafawndah (UK) in Conversation w Laura Marks (SFU)

The devotional pop polymath discusses themes from her latest album ANCESTOR BOY with Simon Fraser University media art/philosophy professor Laura Marks. The London-based artist’s journey is as unpredictable as her compositional style; defined by a freedom of tone, surrealist sense of space and assured manipulation of formal and psychological tension.

Saturday, September 28, 1-7pm
Artist Workshops, Talks & Networking

1-2pm, Panel: Queer & Inclusive Collectives Roundtable w Honcho, Directory LA, Public Disco
From city streets to the Appalachian woods, chat with emerging collectives about how they are continuing to queer space across North America.

2-3pm, Networking & Industry Opportunities
Take an hour to meet businesses invested locally & internationally in underground music and arts communities.
- Alternative Agency Models w SHAPE (EU) & OntheSly (US)
- The Relationship Between Cannabis & LGBTQ Communities, with Andrew Gordon, SVP Kiaro (Vancouver)
- Make Your Transition: Turn Your Passion into a Career in AV Production, with Sean Evans, Freeman AV (Vancouver)

3-5pm, Workshop: Producers Corner
Kampire (UG), Debit (MX/US), Jeremy Toussaint-Baptitse (US). Moderated by dublab

5-6:30pm, Panel: I’m Not Wedded To the Pain – Ritual as Resistance Technology with Purple Tape Pedigree

Full program and tickets for evening events at www.newformsfestival.com