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During lockdown I managed to watch a fair few films, many of which were those futuristic, sci-fi dystopian flicks (e.g. Blade Runner, Rollerball, Upgrade, etc) all of which predict the invasive and controlling nature of big tech companies in our day-to-day lives. Something that AlgoRhythms, a boundary breaking new concert taking place at Sage Gateshead, will be looking at on 24th June (7:30pm).

Sage Gateshead has joined forces with percussion collective ConunDrums to present this free online event, which will use music, video and electronics to stimulate conversation around the impact of technology in our everyday lives and for future generations.  It will ask questions like should we delete social media? Is Facebook the world’s greatest political power? And is our digital reality authentic? 

The event is free to stream online via on Sage Gateshead’s Facebook page and will feature ConunDrums Artistic Director Delia Stevens  joined in performance by percussionist David Insua-Cao and Joe Snape (keyboard and electronics), alongside an in discussion by Professor Louise Amoore, Professor of Political Geography at Durham University. 

The programme also includes work by Andy Akiho, avant-garde New York composer Jacob TV and virtuoso percussionist Nebojsa Zivkovic, in addition to two co-devised tracks from the performers, and a world premiere by Sage Gateshead Artist-in-Residence Joe Snape.

Artistic Director Delia Stevens explains how she wanted to explore how social media and tech have become a lifeline through the pandemic, but also to show the insidious nature of their power.  

“I have stopped Googling any personal thoughts because I realised I could never digitally ‘depublish’ them. I have since started using paper diaries and have become increasingly uncomfortable with the uncanniness of my algorithms’ accuracy and timing. Depublish features my mother’s typewriter and the ‘talkback’ setting on my mobile phone. The day after we devised this piece, Facebook chose to show me a screenshot of my friend’s predictive text output and people tap dancing on a giant typewriter.”

AlgoRhythms is free, and will be streamed live on the Sage Gateshead Facebook page. To subscribe and to get joining instructions go to conundrums.net.

 

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