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Festival: L.E.V. Matadero 2023, electronic music, audiovisual creation & digital art in Madrid, Spain

Text by CLOT Magazine

L.E.V., the International Festival of Audiovisual Creation of Gijon, explores electronic sound creation and its relationship with visual arts. It converges the natural synergy between image and sound and the new artistic trends, emphasising live actions. Since 2019 the L.E.V. Festival has widened its field of action to Matadero Madrid, an ample space for interdisciplinary creation and contemporary thinking that is the perfect location to host this extension of Laboratorio de Electrónica Visual. 

The fifth edition of L.E.V. Matadero in Madrid (Spain) will take place from September 21 to 24. The people behind L.E.V. have just announced the live shows and audiovisual performances, including 16 acts, with some true flagships and visionaries of the current scene. 

Highlights include Oval, who will bring one of his extremely evocative live shows with visuals by Robert Seidel. Riccardo Giovinetto will present FEMINA, an audiovisual performance on two screens, where Renaissance paintings transform into a flux of constantly changing images. Venus Ex Machina by composer and producer Nontokozo F. Sihwa is combined with the audiovisual work of the Taiwanese multimedia art lab Xtrux in a unique live show specially curated by L.E.V. Zan Lyons’ new project explores a new multi-sensorial concept named by his creator as Interactive Visual Audio, a combination of music, video games and films. 

Lorem, a project directed by Francesco D’Abbraccio, creative co-director of Krisis Publishing, will showcase their new audiovisual performance, Tesh, based on a daring script combining dream transcriptions and strange literature created with automatic learning systems. CoH and Abul Mogard’s first collaboration was born out of a casual encounter and is focused on new and surprising perspectives of their individual works, wildly singular and highly revered. And Halina Rice will showcase her project New Worlds and her immersive audiovisual environments.

Other highlights include NSDOS, Kom-om-Pax, Verbose, collaborations of artists who blend their works to reach new dimensions, such as Kataryna Gryvul & Alex Guevara, female creators who combine tradition, folklore or classical music with current sounds, such as CORIN; live shows by LustSickPuppy, Halina Rice, or Beatrix Weapons and audiovisual explorations like the ones by Joakim who address current affairs such as the preservation of the environment.

This year, the live shows and audiovisual performances take place at Central de Diseño (DIMAD) and Auditorio de Casa del Lector. Besides the live shows, the extended reality experiences will feature L.E.V Matadero again in the sections VORTEX, formed by virtual reality and VR Cinema experiences, and Ciudad Aumentada, with urban augmented reality experiences. 

L.E.V. Matadero in Madrid (Spain) takes place from September 21 to 24. Tickets will be available soon. 

(Media courtesy of L.E.V. festival)
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