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Festival: Sónar+D 2018 first announcements

Text by CLOT Magazine

What are the new creative and technological territories that remain unexplored?’ Asks Sónar+D, the Congress dedicated to creative technologies, which runs parallel to Sónar Festival. From June 13 to 16, the conference will explore the future of creativity through 5 key topics: space exploration, music, audiovisual experiences, the Internet, and intelligence featuring talks, interviews, demos, workshops, and presentations from startups and artists.

According to the press release, among this year’s guests are organisations including NASA, MIT Media Lab, Amazon Music, Google Magenta, The Long Now Foundation, Mozilla, Shazam, and Bandcamp. Creators such as the Virtual Reality studio Felix and Paul; the pioneer in mixing Internet and music, Ian Rogers, current chief of digital area LVMH; experiences designer Nelly Ben Hayoun; Augmented Reality artist Zach Lieberman, among others.

Other highlights of this 2018 edition will include a workshop on how to build nanosatellites, The Glass Room Experience (an installation that shows the dark side of the technology we use day to day) and talks by Susan Rogers (the head of Berklee’s Music Cognition Department and Prince’s former sound engineer) and Mat Dryhurst (a digital artist and blockchain expert). The presence of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto in conversation on the Stage+D will also make this 2018’s memorable.

The Startup Garden business area and Networking will continue to be an important focus of Sónar+D. The Start-Up Garden will promote 30 startups selected from around the world. Investors taking part include Nick Crosthwaite (Spotify), Jan Bohl (Ableton) and Max Rimpel (Index Ventures), among many others.

Sónar+D opens its doors on Wednesday, 13th June, a full day before the official start of the festival, with a Networking Day exclusively for delegate pass holders with more than 100 activities, 150 speakers, over 5,000 accredited professionals and representatives from around 3,000 companies from 65 countries.

(Photo courtesy of Sónar. Felix and Paul Sudio)
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