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Witness the stunning immersive lasers for a canceled Moscow festival

Russia has a rich history of transmedia work, from the classical to the electronic. And a new generation are building on that legacy, one of the best being St. Petersburg’s Tundra collective. Assembling a team of multimedia artists, Tundra have specialized in visceral combinations of light and sound, especially focused on beams of color arrayed in space. Even conventional theatrical lighting instruments can take on new meaning in immersive, spatial compositions. Their 2016 masterpiece, though, didn’t get a chance to be seen by the public. Slated for Outline Festival in Moscow in July, the work was thwarted when authorities unexpectedly …

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Andrew Quinn / Nikolay Popov AV performance.

How one community was mapping the future of visuals this summer

There’s a shift on in the worldwide community of visualists, of the growing field of people using electronic visuals as a medium for performance, art, and inquiry. As these media become more mature and more international, there’s a renewed sense of closeness among practitioners. While big media festivals focus on novelty and show, these maker-to-maker events emphasize something else: craft. This summer seemed a particularly historic moment for not one but two tools – each of them built by small teams who make art themselves. We already covered the Berlin gathering for Isadora, the visual performance tool that has rich …

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Jumpgate Chic: THE VOID Absorbs Viewers Into Stunning Panoramic Projections

THE VOID (audiovisual installation) from TUNDRA on Vimeo. This probably isn’t an installation you’ll enjoy if you’re easily disoriented. In dazzling 360-degree surround, a group of Russian artists create an abstract wonderland that seems to suck the viewer into an abstract-patterned, yawning chasm of space. Built by TUNDRA of St. Petersburg, powered by TouchDesigner, it’s projection candy for all the senses. French-language writeup, on Fubiz Full project description in English and Russian:

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Solar System Kaleidoscope, As Monokle "Swan" Video Explores Mystical Night Sky

Monokle (aka Vlad, of St. Petersburg) gets a mesmerizing new video for his track “Swan.” It’s the work of Bucharest-born, 23-year-old artist Alina Anca, spinning the glitchy goodness of Monokle’s music into a magical study of pattern and outer space. Anca’s own work delves into the esoteric and surreal, never without some youthful fancy – the kind of spirit that sets work apart from the mundane. She’s a nice foil to the album artist for this release, Argentinian Carolina Nino. In fact, with a growing number of young artists exploding into these sorts of releases, I’m eager to see what …

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Solar System Kaleidoscope, As Monokle “Swan” Video Explores Mystical Night Sky

Monokle (aka Vlad, of St. Petersburg) gets a mesmerizing new video for his track “Swan.” It’s the work of Bucharest-born, 23-year-old artist Alina Anca, spinning the glitchy goodness of Monokle’s music into a magical study of pattern and outer space. Anca’s own work delves into the esoteric and surreal, never without some youthful fancy – the kind of spirit that sets work apart from the mundane. She’s a nice foil to the album artist for this release, Argentinian Carolina Nino. In fact, with a growing number of young artists exploding into these sorts of releases, I’m eager to see what …

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