Return of cutting-edge music & arts festival

Helena Hauff, one of the performers at this year's New Forms Festival. Fabian Hammerl photo.

Helena Hauff, one of the performers at this year’s New Forms Festival. Fabian Hammerl photo.

This weekend, New Forms Festival returns for its 14th year. From Sept. 18-21, the groundbreaking cultural event will once again bridge the gap between art and music via an array of  performances, screenings, exhibitions, talks and installations by a wide range of both national and international artists.

Mirroring the event’s forward-thinking concepts, the New Forms Festival takes place in the iconic geodesic dome of Science World. Three nights of music will be held in two rooms of the attraction, with installations throughout the venue. There will also be three separate, ticketed events in the venue’s Omnimax Theatre, as well a free event Sunday at Creekside Park on the outdoor grass area adjacent to Science World.

So who are some of the artists involved?

Collaborations are the order of the day this year, as NFF14 showcases creative teams such as American electronic producer Daniel Lopatin, who records under the name Oneohtrix Point Never, and San Francisco-based multimedia artist Nate Boyce. Other pairings include Belgian digital designer Simon Geilfus (Antivj) and Mexican electronica composer Murcof, and Venezuelan producer ARCA and digital media director Jesse Kanda.

Meanwhile, musicians such as Hieroglyphic Being, Dynamo Dreesen, Bochum Welt, Finn Johannsen, and Inga Copeland will perform alongside large scale projections by the online collective Wallpapers (featuring artists Brenna Murphy, Krist Wood, Laura Brothers, Lorna Mills, Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon, Sylvain Sailly, Rollin Leonard and Rick Silva). The physicality of sound is part and parcel of the work of New York artist Kevin Beasley, who will engage with the festival format, and immerse himself in an off-stage performance and sound installation.

Other musical guests include Hamburg’s Helena Hauff, a resident DJ at the Golden Pudel nightclub where she spins dance music variations such as Dirty Acid, Chicago, Electro and New Wave. New Forms Festival is Hauff’s first time performing in North America. (Get a load of Hauff’s work over on her Soundcloud page.)

The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 18). A full festival pass is $125, while an all-shows pass (excluding Omnimax) is $80. Individual performances in the Omnimax Theatre are $25 each. Other a la carte options can be seen at The free event at Creekside Park starts at 1 p.m. Sunday Sept 21 and features DJ Fett Burger and DJ Sotofett. Science World is located at 1455 Quebec St.


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