L.E.V. Festival celebrates its 17th edition in Gijón (Spain) from April 27 to 30. With the support of Gijón’s Town Council and the Principality of Asturias, once more the festival will turn the Asturian town into the epicenter of electronic sound experimentation and contemporary audiovisual and digital creation, with a four-day line-up in different venues and cultural centers, featuring audiovisual performances and live shows, plus multiple art installations and activities around extended realities.

The festival announced last month its complete line-up, which features such outstanding names as Robert Henke, fuse*, Ikonika, Throwing Snow, Hélène Vogelsinger, Franck Vigroux & Antoine Schmitt, Zoë McPherson & Alessandra Leone, Ninos du Brasil, or Kai Whiston. 

In a collaboration with the project Realities in Transition, as well as the Embassy of Canada in Spain and the Québec Office in Barcelona, L.E.V. Festival will present at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial the piece OPTX.drips by Maxime Corbeil-Perron. This double-screen audiovisual installation creates a work of media archaeology, taking elements and textures from the now obsolete anaglyph stereoscopic technology, the same used by old 3D red/cyan glasses, and revisiting it using current digital technology to transform flat surfaces into optic membranes full of relieve and depth, resulting in an expressive and abstract aesthetic.

In synergy with the project of experiments about audiovisual culture Arenas Movedizas, organized by the Youth Department of Gijón’s Town Council, and also in a collaboration with Realities in Transition, L.E.V. Festival will include two multi-awarded works of animated, interactive virtual reality in its line-up, which will be shown at Gijón’s Escuela de Comercio. 

One of them is the experience From The Main Square, directed by Pedro Harres and created with an international team of 14 countries. Using the main square of a new town as a stage, the spectators will witness the rise and fall of a diverse society which ends up completely divided. A thriving civilization, with all its contradictions, that turns into something dangerous for itself.

The audience may also immerse in Goliath: Playing With Reality, created by Anagram, directed by Barry Gene Murphy and May Abdalla, and narrated by actress Tilda Swinton, who guides the visitor through the different realities of Goliath, a man who has lived most of his life isolated in mental institutions, and who connects with the outside world through multiplayer video games.

See more at www.levfestival.com

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