8 BIT :: A documentary that exposes the cultural ramifications of video games.
“As the first movie of its kind to document and situate the 8-bit scene within
contemporary art discourse, 8 BIT should be recognized for its potential to
become a seminal document of 21st century new media arts.” (Paddy Johnson, The
A visually and sonically dynamic mix of rockumentary, art expose, and critical
exploration, 8 Bit is the definitive documentary about video games and their
intersection with the art world and culture at large.
By weaving together arcane
histories of digital subterfuge, candid interviews with cutting-edge artists
and theorists, wild videogame concerts, and highlights from the best digital
artwork being made today, 8 BIT: A Documentary about Art and Videogames exposes
the cultural ramifications of video games and proposes that Generation X’s
coming to grips with its digital heritage signals the beginning of a new social
and artistic reality.
Featuring Cory Arcangel, BIT SHIFTER, Bodenstandig 2000, Bubblyfish,Covox,
Mary Flanagan, Alex Galloway, Gameboyzz Orchestra, Glomag, HUAROTRON, JODI,
Paul Johnson, John Klima, Johan Kotlinski, Nullsleep, Joe McKay, Tom Moody,
Akiko Sakaizumi, Eddo Stern, TEAMTENDO, Treewave, Chiaki Watanabe, and Carlo
Zanni; curator IsabelleArvers; media critic Ed Halter; and new media curator/writer
Filmmakers Marcin Ramocki & Justin Strawhand will introduce the film
and will be joined by artist Mary Flanagan for a Q & A following the screening.
The evening will continue with DJ/VJ performances from local artists.
Taxi Nouveau is an electronic music project that was launched in 2004. The
man behind it is Manuel Chantre, composer, sound designer, performer and DJ.
He’s pushed the limits of many styles from electro, tech-house, 8 bit music,
idm, sound design and club music. He started under the name of Mr. Knobs and
broadcasted on independent Montreal radio. He is know for his live Gameboy
set performed at Montreal events like Mix_session, Arcadia, Fantasia and underground
arts evening. He remixed pieces of Jan Pienkowski and was remixed by Elektro-boy.
Taxi Nouveau has collaborated with his friends Docteur Douleur (MC), Mr. Stitch
(guit), Rosalie Couture (vocal), and Raphy Belizaire (lyrics).
As a dj, he mixes an energetic music collage driven by dark electro and tech-house.
Some off road for the club!
Who will take a ride???
Montreal’s underground techno-turntablist offers up a delectable mix of
microhouse & dub techno designed to twist the mind as well as the body.
TIND (thisisnotdesign) est un regroupement artistique de Montréal formé d’artistes
et de professionnels des arts. Actif depuis 2001, TIND compte comme membres
plusieurs VJs, artistes vidéastes et photographes. TIND joue avec des
textures visuelles créées principalement par les erreurs vidéo
retrouvées dans la compression, les interférences et la rétroaction
(video feedback). Cette texture s’accumule par couches successives créant
une zone floue entre le figuratif et l’abstrait. Les visuels sont structurés
sur le rythme de la musique, l’un fait echo à l’autre.
Alexandre Berthiaume, founder of FUTIL design is a multidisciplinary artist
working in the field of the industrial design, the lighting design, graphics
arts, Web programming, video animation 2D and 3D. Futil design gathers several
design of pieces of furniture, luminaries and objects sold throughout America.
Web work counts nearly thirty Web site including 2 recommended by Infopresse
and Graphika. Several graphic design to it’s credit of which album for Hakan
Libdo and Miguel Graça. On the level of the 3D graphics, 3 years of
work on multiple architectural projects. Having obtained a baccalaureate in
architecture in 1999, its formation was supplemented by multiple researches
in industrial design, graphics and multi-media. The video comes from the deepening
of research in 3d graphics and flash, programming, developing new ways of creating
algorithms random graph combined with sound interactions.
The first concern is the sound inter-action, the luminous intensity and the
color. The remainder is composed of elements generated or transformed mathematically.
The programming is at the heart of the creation. Generation of form, distortion
and movement randomly while integrating the sound variables. Simple, pure and
an interactive result.
Using homebuilt electronics, webcams, dj skills & his own software
patches, Jamie Allen disintegrates genres into something he calls
‘circuit-music.’ Expect a thrilling audio-visual performance of
Saturday, February 17 2007
Starting at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets : $10 – $8 in advance or for IGDA members