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PREVIEW: 4th Annual Forward Festival – Celebrating Electronic Creative Culture

Written by Scott Ahn

One of the highlights about the Washington DC area is the view at night.  The government buildings and political eminence fade into the darkness, while the vibrant lights of this growing town come to the forefront.  From March 30 th to April 3 rd , this vibrancy becomes highlighted when Eighty-Eight DC brings their fourth installment of the Forward Festival, a 5-day celebration of electronic creative culture that features music, art, and workshops.  It’s an opportunity to fine tune your creative knowledge and acquaint yourself with the community’s aspiring minds.

The Forward Festival distinguishes itself from other art festivals/exhibitions in its ability to provide an interactive experience to all its attendees.  This year will feature many art installations that require active participation, including John Tyson’s Luziden, a “video triptych that plunges the viewer into the surreal world of a lucid dream,” or Tabula Rosa v2.0 “a ‘blank slate’ which allows viewers to create their own digital images by intuitively moving objects on a glowing table.”  Loudon Stearns’s Portrait of Buchia has “viewers interact with a clear dome of buttons, switches, and joysticks, controlling a Buchia synth and camera which generate intense sound and visuals.”

FORWARD Festival 2011 Teaser Video from XCulture on Vimeo .

The Forward Festival has successfully exposed attendees to new electronic music that is gaining momentum across the world. This year boasts a heavy lineup of electronic music producers such as, Art Department, Cut Copy, Octave One, and High Contrast, along with label showcases from Life and Death and More or Less.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Forward Festival, it is recommended that you attend.  If for nothing else, it is a good way to meet some of the inspiring, creative minds that are often overlooked in the busy, political scene that consumes most of the DC image.  The hype is growing strong, yet it’s likely not to attract many tourists.  All of the events and artists can be found on the Forward Festival website .

Posted by admin   @   29 March 2011
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