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Visible Bits, Audible Bytes: Music Technology and Innovation annual audio-visual festival

Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre
12/03/2014 (15:00-23:00)


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Nicolas Bernier

Visible Bits, Audible Bytes

A one-day festival curated by Andrew Hill.

An award-winning sound and visual artist from Canada is coming to Leicester as part of a one-day festival at Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre. Nicolas Bernier, from Montreal will be launching an exhibition and performing at the Visible Bits, Audible Bytes festival on Wednesday 12 March.

Nicolas will be headlining the festival, fresh from being recognised as one of the finest artists in his field with the top prize at the prestigious Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria. Visible Bits, Audible Bytes also features talks and performances from a range of national and international artists, including Alo Allik, Ryo Ikeshiro, Thierry Gauthier, François Bayle and Piotr Kamler.

The event begins at 3pm and is FREE. Places can be booked via the Phoenix box office and website.

Nicolas’s exhibition Frequencies (a) will launch at the event and continue at Phoenix until the 22 March. An installation of sound and light, the artwork merges the piercing hum of mechanically-triggered tuning forks with pure digital soundwaves. Streams of light burst in harmony with the forks, alternately illuminating the exhibition in stark white light and plunging it into complete darkness.

Programme for the day


3–3.30pm: Alo Allik
3.30–4pm: Ryo Ikeshiro - Audiovisualisation
4–4.30pm: Paul Prudence
4.30–5pm: Nicholas Bernier – ‘Frequencies’ Series of Works

6.30-8pm Main Concert (Screen 2) – Audio-visual works
Len Lye - Colour Box
Thierry Gauthier - Portrait D’une Femme
Ryo Ikeshiro - Construction in Kneading
Norman McLaren - Begone Dull Care
François Bayle and Piotr Kamler - L'Expérience Acoustique: Métaphore + Lignes et points
Nicolas Bernier - Frequencies (Synthetic Variations)

From 9pm VJs in Bar
Alo Allik – VJ set
Paul Prudence - Transphormetic
Justin Bennett - Raw Materials

About the artists

Nicolas Bernier creates sound performances, installations, live electronics, and moving image. His sound is somewhere between the old and the new. It is electronic music made from objects of the past: typewriter, old machines, tuning forks, soundscape memories and musical instruments.

Estonian artist Alo Allik has performed his audio-visual works, compositions, eclectic DJ sets and live electronic music throughout the world. UK-based Japanese artist Ryo Ikeshiro’s works include live audio-visual performances, interactive installations, electronic music, and soundtracks.

Thierry Gauthier is a Canadian composer and visual artist with an experimental approach to composition. François Bayle, born in Madagascar, is one of the most distinguished living composers of electronic music, having headed the prestigious Groupe de Recherches Musicales from 1975-97. Piotr Kamler is a renowned Polish filmmaker known for his cutting-edge work in animation. 

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