Alpha-Ville Screening and Alpha-Ville Live, London

Alpha-Ville 2012 is opening this weekend on Saturday 6 October. Presenting to their guests both Alpha-Ville Live and Alpha-Ville Screening, this London based organisation are dedicated to the promotion of digital culture through their annual festival and wider activities. As their subtitle suggests, ART, CREATIVE TECH, MUSIC, WEB CULTURE, the weekend seeks to explore all types of digital art.

The Hackney Picturehouse will play host to Alpha-Ville Screening. Beginning at 2pm the Future of Moving Image Programme Award will showcase the best shortlisted films. The Moving Image Award is focused on acknowledging the best talent pushing the boundaries of moving image as a tool for creative expression, innovation and forward thinking. The audience are even given an opportunity to vote and the proffesional panel includes: Blake Whitman, VP of Creative Development at Vimeo Nicolas Schmerkin, Founder of Autour de Minuit Ingrid Kopp, Editor-in-Chief/Director of Shooting People US Philip Ilson, Director of London Short Film Festival Chiara Marañón, Content Manager at MUBI. Following this the audience will encounter an eclectic programme of moving image works, including everything from animation, experimental, documentary, music videos and CGI. Examining topics around augmented reality, code art, identity, future of art, clash virtual vs real, the screening will uncover how web culture influences art and society. Highlights of the programme include a fresh look at Hitchcock’s masterpiece in Rear Window Timelapse, along with Unnamed Soundsculpture, Slow Derek and 20HZ.

Heading into the later hours of the day Alpha-Ville Live will take up the creative baton and will explore the relationship between electronic music, digital art and visual practices. Featuring the London premiere of the collaboration between Murcof & AntiVJ, an intimate live solo by The Field and a full audiovisual experience by Raster-Noton’s label co-owner Byetone, the event will take place at the Hackney Empire.

Alpha-Ville, Saturday October 6, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE and Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street Hackney, London, E8 1EJ.

1. 38–39°C by Kangmin Kim, U.S.A./South Korea, 2011.
2. Rear Window Timelapse, Jeff Desom, Remix, 2012, NL, Still 1 – Day.
3. Not over, Toru Hayai, Animation 2012 Japan.
4. CARDIA (ÉTUDE OP 2) Sougwen Chung 2012, USA.