Refraction touches down in Lisbon for the first time, bringing a handful of friends along for the ride. In collaboration with Arroz Estúdios and ArtDAO, we’ve curated 10 days of digital art with the help of Ellie Pritts, Agoria, objkt.one and Zora. Running from 8-18th November, artwork from 24 artists will be hosted at Arroz Estúdios in Lisbon’s Beato district.
And it wouldn’t be a Refraction party without a floor-filled club night— join us on 8th November for a night of non-stop DJ sets from UK mainstay Ahadadream, local legends Chima Isaaro and King Kami, and a special A/V performance from Suren Seneviratne.
Read more about the exhibitions and artists below, grab your ticket for our clubnight here, and RSVP for our guided tour on 9th November here. As always, Refract Pass holders get in for free— more info on how to secure your spot coming soon.
'Electric Psychedelia' curated by Ellie Pritts
Electric Psychedelia is an acclaimed annual group exhibition exploring altered consciousness through visual synthesis, curated by Ellie Pritts. This year’s exhibition will take place from November 8 - 28 at Arroz Studios in Lisbon, Portugal and is presented by Refraction. It will be the third annual installation of Electric Psychedelia.
Electric Psychedelia aims to challenge viewers' perception of reality through immersive visual experiences using artwork created by an internationally renowned roster of artists. Electric Psychedelia artists create art evoking altered states of consciousness, inspiring viewers to experience alternate realities and perspectives.
'Sonic Imagery' curated by Malcolm Levy for Objkt
Can images be sonic? Is there a direct correlation between the two? The concept of images and sound not being in parallel, but instead something that are almost oppositional, or at best not in congruence, is one of the major misnomers with regard to the analysis of media over the past 200 years. In fact sound and vision are directly aligned in both their construct and history.
We can easily imagine an ultimate state of reverberation - a space where everything that has ever happened continues to exist - the end of time, where everything is live, perpetually present. If we sense that the description of sympathetic vibration bears some resemblance to rail broadcast, it is no coincidence, the same principle is at work. The processes of contemporary media systems are latent in the laws of nature - they have existed in various forms since the beginning of history.
All video has its roots in the live. The vibrational acoustic character of video as a virtual image is the essence of its 'liveness.' Technologically, video has evolved out of sound (the electromagnetic) and its close association with cinema is misleading since film and its grandparent, the photographic process, are members of a completely different branch of the genealogical tree (the mechanical / chemical’).
For ‘Sonic Imagery’ we have chosen artists that take concepts of visualization, sound and its mediums being mixed together to create new forms of audio-visual works at the forefront of the movement today.
with additional visual art curated by Agoria
Curatorial concept : Abstract AV pieces around Club Culture sounds
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