Monday, April 12, 2010

Communikey Festival presents workshops, performances, interactivity April 15-17 in ATLAS

The annual Communikey Festival of Electronic Arts comes to ATLAS Thursday-Saturday, April 15-17, with live performances, workshops and interactive projects. Events in ATLAS include:

Make A Baby

Workshops with Lucky Dragons, Thursday, April 15, ATLAS Black Box theater (Photo 4)

The experimental duo Lucky Dragons, consisting of Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara of Los Angeles, use homemade hardware and software to translate data generated by skin contact into visualizations and sound generated by the group interaction.
Only three workshop slots remain open: 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Register for a workshop by e-mailing

Sharing Visual Ideas in Processing

Workshop with composer Peter Kirn, 2-4p.m. Friday, April 16, ATLAS Cofrin Auditorium

Using the free and open source Processing software, Peter Kirn, a faculty member at the Parsons New School for Design and a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will introduce the basics of using code and will assign sonic and visual elements, and then will share an audiovisual sketchpad in a networked collaboration.

Sonic Chop Shop Workshop

Featuring D Numbers (Photo 3), noon-2 p.m. Friday, April 16, ATLAS Black Box theater

Audience members are encouraged to bring their own instruments, music loops, drum machines, sequencers, mixing boards and their voices to this music fusion workshop. D Numbers, a three-person group from Santa Fe, will blend the sounds into an electro-acoustic music experience.

DIY Headcase

Featuring White Rainbow (Photo 2) and Lucky Dragons, 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 16, ATLAS Black Box theater

Lucky Dragons and White Rainbow, a psychedelic, electronic, experimental music project of Adam Forkner of Portland, Ore., spotlight DIY craftsmanship and aesthetics in a live performance amplified in the high fidelity setting of the Black Box theater.
Tickets, which are $5 for students and $10 for non-students, can be purchased at

Mutek A/Visions

Featuring Artificiel, using an audio-modulated Tesla coil (Photo 1) as a live instrument, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 17, ATLAS Black Box theater

Alexandre Burton, Julien Roy and Jimmy Lakatos make up Artificiel, a group based in Montreal, Canada. They will perform their latest project, POWEr, which uses an audio-modulated Tesla coil as a live instrument. Electrical arcs produced by the coil are generated and transformed in an ongoing, real-time audiovisual process. Also featuring Xavier van Wersch from The Hague Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased at


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