L.E.V. FESTIVAL 2019 / Newsletter nº2

New names for the 13th edition of the L.E.V. Festival 2019

Until 5 May 2019

The second preview of the L.E.V. 2019, which will be held from May 2 to 5 in Gijón, includes exciting new features such as the European premiere of Melting Memories: Engram as data sculpture, by Refik Anadol, or Ballistics by the Canadian Myriam Bleau, which joins the Teatro de La Laboral as part of a powerful Focus Quebec, in addition to an eclectic offer to add to the one previously announced from the Visual Electronics Laboratory.

These are the new names on the poster:

Refik Anadol / EDP Foundation Space – Church of La Laboral

Thanks to close collaboration with the EDP Foundation, L.E.V. Festival resumes the programming at the Iglesia de la Laboral with the installation Melting Memories: Engram as data sculpture by Refik Anadol. This spectacular installation can be enjoyed for the first time in Spain at the EDP Foundation Space – Iglesia de La Laboral, an exciting project about the materiality of memories and their representation that represents a perfect dialogue between science, art and technology.

Refik Anadol, of Turkish origin, living in Los Angeles, is a brilliant audiovisual artist who in his projects rethinks a new aesthetic, technical and dynamic perception of space.

The facility will open its doors on April 29 and can be visited until May 5 for free.

Mathilde Lavenne / Old Institute Culture Center

The programming of the L.E.V. returns for another year to the Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto (CCAI) presenting, on this occasion, Tropics, a video installation by the French artist Mathilde Lavenne that takes the form of an archaeological expedition, drawing an orbit around a Mexican farm and establishing connections with its people and the memory of the place through a high definition 3D scan. With this project Mathilde Lavenne received the prestigious Golden Nica 2018 award from the Ars Electrónica Festival.

The facility will open its doors on May 2 and can be visited for free.

Myriam Bleau / another Spanish premiere at the Teatro de La Laboral

The digital artist Myriam Bleau (Montreal) will present Ballistics in Gijón, her new audiovisual performance inspired by mysticism and popular science fiction. Her works are characterized by using ingenious musical interfaces, creating unique performances. On this occasion she will have on stage a constellation of luminous spheres, equipped with motion sensors and mapped by laser, to perform a sonification exercise related to the physics of the pendulum.

Marc Meliá, Colin Self and Jailed Jamie / Saturday morning session at the Muséu del Pueblu d’Asturies

We repeat the location that dazzled L.E.V. regulars last year, an ideal outdoor space to enjoy the Saturday morning session. In this particular environment, Marc Meliá, the inimitable Colin Self and the premiere of a new project will share the day: Jailed Jamie.

Marc Meliá, a Majorcan living in Brussels, sculpts his sound with the help of the legendary Prophet 08 synthesizer, performing the songs live without relying on pre-recorded sequences with the aim of naturalizing the synthetic, humanizing the robotic and seeking beauty in sounds that by definition are cold and lacking in emotion.

Born on the American west coast but based in Berlin, the multifaceted Colin Self arrives. Updating the DIY philosophy (“Do it yourself”) to a DIT (“Let’s do it together”), his collaborations with other artists are multiple and very varied; from the drag group Chez Deep, or his queer opera, to the one established with Holly Herndon with whom he has toured for years. In 2018 he released Siblings, his first solo work on the prestigious RVNG Intl label.

Jailed Jamieis the new and exciting project by Asturian Jaime Tellado (Skygaze), one of the most creative and wayward minds on the national electronic scene, a project whose main nature is dance but which retains its compositional complexity, broken rhythms and a certain degree of preciousness, and whose first public presentation will be one of the jewels of the new edition of the LEV.

Lucas Paris, Falaises and Rafael Anton Irisarri / evening program at the Teatro de la Laboral stage box

The stage of the Teatro de La Laboral will focus, on Sunday afternoon, on the audiovisual proposals of Lucas Paris and the Falaises project, as part of Focus Quebec, in addition to the participation of one of the great exponents of ambient sound: Rafael Anton Irisarri, also known as The Sight Below.

*Activity for which a specific ticket is required.

AntiVolume IN/OUTby Lucas Paris offers us an immersion in a synaesthetic space of timbres and colors: four columns of light occupy the stage and envelop the audience in a physical and textured experience. A project in constant evolution, in which each performance, partially improvised, becomes a unique experience.

Composers Guillaume Côté and Alexis Langevin-Tétrault and visual artist Dave Gagnon create the fascinating Falaises, a project halfway between artistic installation and video art. Using modular synthesizers, they cause real-time alterations to the video projections and lights arranged on an exclusive multiple audiovisual support that dominates the stage.

The aesthetic of the work explores the sonic dichotomy between noise and tonality, as well as the effects of reflections, shadows and visual anomalies. The result is a dazzling work that evokes a luminous storm on the edge of the abyss.

Irisarri’s concerts explore the most physical facet of sound. Combining different elements (amplifiers, multiple speaker configurations, synthesizers, pedals…), Irisarri decontextualizes the relationship between the audience and the space, creating a supernatural and immersive environment.

L.E.V. Festival – Gijón, an initiative co-produced by the Government of the Principality of Asturias, the Gijón City Council, LABoral Centro de Arte and the Datatrón collective, maintains the concern of continuing to track the evolution of new electronic and audiovisual languages ​​located at the forefront of digital creativity.



Lanark Artefax Live A/V [Whities. UK]

Transform “Manufactory” (w/ music by Sascha Ring) (Spanish premiere) [DE]

Gazelle Twin “Pastoral” [Anti-Ghost Moon Ray. UK]

Robin Fox “Single Origin” [AU]

Caterina Barbieri w/ Ruben Spini Live A/V (Spanish premiere) [Important Records. ITEM]

Bliss Signal [True Panther Sounds x Profound Lore Records. UK]

Radioactive Man Live [UK]

Myriam Bleau “Ballistics” (Spanish premiere) [CA]

Overmono Live [XL / Polykicks. UK]

Rafael Anton Irisarri [US]

Klara Lewis Live A/V [Editions Mego!. HE]

Iglooghost Live A/V [Brainfeeder. UK]

Matthew Biederman & Pierce Warnecke “Delta-T” (world premiere) [US/CA]

Broken English Club Live [L.I.E.S. UK]

Colin Self [RVNG Intl, US]

Schnitt + Gianluca Sibaldi “ScanAudience” (world premiere) [Sync. ITEM]

Alex Augier & Alba G. Corral “ex(O)” (world premiere) [FR/SP]

Lucas Paris “AntiVolume IN/EXT” [AC]

Marc Melià [Les Disques du Festival Permanent. SP]

Elías Merino & Tadej Droljc “Synspecies” Live A/V (world premiere) [SP/SI]

Hiro Kone Live [Dais. US]

Jailed Jamie [SP]

Falaises (Spanish premiere) [CA]


REFIK ANADOL “Melting Memories: Engram as data sculpture” / EDP Foundation Space – Laboral Church [TR]

MATHILDE LAVENNE “Tropics” / Old Institute Culture Center [FR]


Tickets available starting Thursday, January 17.

2-day BONUS (Friday and Saturday): €50. Advance sale only.

Do not miss them!

Tickets for specific activities, such as those scheduled on Sunday, May 5 at the Botanical Garden or at the La Laboral Theater stage box, will go on sale soon.

Stay tuned for new confirmations.

+ INFO:https://levfestival.com/19/

Project co-produced by:

Asturias Paraiso Natural
LABoral Centro de Arte

In collaboration with:

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Fundacion EDP_2

Activity subsidized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Government of the Principality of Asturias.