4. Magic realism
’s performance was syncopated and smartly layered, where unpredictable beats aligned into a coherent bouncy groove with abrasive noise undertones. The visuals were neon colored, geometric and simple, reminding of 80s futuristic cyber imagery – especially combined with the clean-cut, converging perspective of the ceiling tiles. The sound and AV elements integrated holistically into the space, creating that immersive alternate reality feeling.
unleashed the ghosts over the main room, with its simulated flight perspective visual spectacle, where we advance at accelerating speed against lightning-shaped space invaders, all perceived through a first-person pilot angle, while crossing a scary night time sky. The most expected part Third Law presents is that last act, when strong white light is supposed to shine strong at an audience urged to keep eyes closed. “You will see with your eyes closed” is the promise Roly Porter keeps, and even though the visible part is majestic by itself, the subjective perception of the unseen is always stronger.
was in for the kill with a fast-paced, dissonant, glitchy take and minimalistic visuals, and you may remember that being his specialty if you already got to see him anywhere performing Fatal Light Attraction. Honestly, I dare say that’s what works best with its introspective, dramatic vibe. I remember one recent performance of Kerridge during Krake Festival, where the 29nov films covered the visual part and even if by themselves the visuals were good, they didn’t seem to feel on the same page due to the intense sound’s tendency to monopolize everything.
Crazy visuals, on the other hand, were those during the AnD performance in Neone room. The high definition, complexity of patterns demonstrated a dynamic of blinding colors coordinated by algorithms that pleased vision and thought.
teamed up with Blur Boyz
, turning the main room into a post-digital paradise, with a big block of lights synchronized to colored lasers shining at the ceiling, crossing the room to create a Sci-Fi spider web of thin lights.
started her set with a calming and transforming tune that sounded a bit like Hildegard von Bingen and ventured into a mad spree of perfectly matched sounds of sacred and profane; Objekt
was amazing, making ends meet with the most eclectic, energetic, vibration heightening selection that prolonged the party long after sunrise. That’s when I was really grateful that Neone is a separate club, with its own porch area where one can sit down and watch over the city. The limit drawn by the sidewalk, at the side of a bigger road, neighboring the business center and its mirror-glass towers felt like the border between two magical worlds.
On one side, the city’s beautiful shapes, old and new, catching the first rays of the morning Sun, on the other, this crowded universe of no space and place, where strobes, laser weaves and immaterial imagery intersects with the momentary certainty that sound could be the sole source of life nutrients in a possible breatharian human future.
photo credits: Prague Up & Coming
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