This year Leeds Digital Festival collaborated with the award- winning Live at Leeds music festival, to create a exciting programme showcasing the best musical talent and the latest emerging technologies. The two events crossed over fully on Friday 29th April, with a major celebration of music, art and tech.
The show was Lumen’s first retrospective, with works from both the 2013 and 2014 tours – Passages by Bonjour Labs and Gardens of Earthly Delights by Laura Dekker – as well as installations and show reels of the 2015/2016 tour. The Lumen show was hosted at the city’s fast-developing Leeds Dock, including edgy industrial spaces and home to a wide range of tech companies. As the show took place while we were setting up for New York, we were thrilled to have the 2013 Founders’ Prize winners Genetic Moo producing the show, they also hosted a day of Creative Coding for Kids on April 30th.
Events for the show included:
Lumen’s 2015 Gold Award Winner MAN A in the restaurant/bar Dock 29 from 10am−9pm, Portee in The Union from 5−10.30pm and 2015 and 2014 silver winners, Metamorphy and Passages in the Lumen Gallery Space from 5−10.30pm daily, along with New Jerusalem, Garden of Earthly Delights and MOC. There was select access from Monday – Wednesday, and full public access to all exhibits from Thursday – Saturday.
On Thursday 28th April, Dock 29 hosted the fifth Glug Leeds Talk, an international, creative networking event for which Glug Revelations lined up five expert speakers to discuss emerging trends in the industry. For the nostalgic there was be a retro game-off with Sega and Nintendo games consoles on Friday 29th from 10am.
Dock 29 also hosted two debates: ‘The Digital Debate’ included speakers from Sky and Leeds City Council’s Digital Department and ‘The Digital Art Debate’ with Lumen Prize Project Director, Serena Wallace-Turner, Digital Curator of the Museum of London, Foteini Aravani debating the nature of digital art.
Neighbouring Block E housed one of a series of worldwide ‘Bring Your Own Beamer’ events on 29th April – a creative free-for-all night of moving image, projection, participation and experimentation, accompanied by an array of local music, food and drink. A number of Leeds-based digital artists showcased their work, including students from the cities’ colleges and universities, alongside live performances from Released record label. Leeds College of Music also hosted their own night of music on the same evening in the Lighthouse, showcasing the best in electronica alongside live visual sets from Leeds College of Art from 6.30pm.
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