Connect the Dots

- , 2016

Tickets: Free

Explore the experimental edges of digital art and culture.

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For the past three years, Connect the Dots has built upon Sheffield’s rich history of electronic music and digital culture to develop its own original identity.

Taking notes from Cabaret Voltaire, Warp, Algorave’s live-coded events, Mark Fell exhibitions and the much-missed Lovebytes as much as international festivals such as MUTEK and Ars Electronica, Connect The Dots explores the experimental edges of digital art and culture.

Returning for its fourth year, Connect The Dots has attracted global talent to Sheffield, uniting a diverse group of new media artists under the banner of The Sea Around Us.

The centrepiece of the two-week festival is an international exhibition of digital art, open daily at DINA, which takes the ocean as its jumping-off point. The show sees artists exploring the theme through interactive, video-led, sonic and mixed-media pieces. The Sea Around Us features Andrea Byrne’s BBC 6Music commission Art is Everywhere, and Sheffield debuts from immersive multimedia artist Maotik (Montreal) and audiovisual artist ::vtol:: (Moscow), amongst many others.

The exhibition is supported by future-facing performances putting progressive hip-hop and contemporary politics centre stage.

Performing at the o2 Academy, the transatlantic team of Swet Shop Boys’ Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, Road To Guantanamo) and Heems (Das Racist) will bring their unique blend of South Asian, London and Brooklyn hip-hop filled with cultural commentary and wild samples. SSB will be supported by UK hip-hop legend Jehst, and Kid Acne’s own low-budget word-shouters, Mongrels.

Wrapping up the festival is a full-on party featuring juke/footwork great DJ Earl’s (Teklife) high-tempo, skittish rhythms and heavy bass. Backed up by Warp Records’ hot prospect GAIKA, a producer blurring the grammar of modern black music – pushing grime and dancehall rhythms through noisy, industrial-style production into something wholly ‘GAIKA’.

Throughout the fortnight, Yorkshire Women’s Sound Network will be running a series of workshops aimed at getting women and girls actively involved in creating and performing electronic music – find out more. There'll also be drop-in makerspace and performance sessions open to all on the Sundays.

Exhibition :

Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm, DINA, 32 Cambridge St, Sheffield, S1 4HP, free


Rie Nakajima and Pierre Berthet: Dead Plants and Living Objects (collaboration with Algomech Festival)
12 November, 5.30-7pm, DINA, free – register now

Swet Shop Boys/Jehst/Mongrels
24 November, 7-11pm, o2 Academy 2, £8 advance – book now

Closing party – DJ Earl/GAIKA/Lean Low b2b Walter Ego with Slick Don/True Fiction b2b DJ DMK b2b Utah?
26 November, 11pm-4am, DINA, £8 advance – book now

Written by Greg Povey; November 7, 2016