This highly anticipated music and arts festival just released their full schedule for the expansive four-day festival. Exploring the future of technology, art, and music, the festival includes more than 300 musical performances, daytime workshops, conversations, masterclasses, film screenings, live scores, durational sound installations, and multiple interactive art experiences.
Moogfest celebrates the legacy of Bob Moog, a visionary engineer who pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools used by artists like Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and Kraftwerk. This year’s program will feature over 250 innovators in music, art, and technology — from Gary Numan (3 nights), GZA (2 nights), Grimes and Laurie Anderson, to virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier and transhumanist visionary Dr. Martine Rothblatt. For the first time, Moogfest takes place in Durham, North Carolina, a fast-growing capital of technology, culture and entrepreneurship. From Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, May 22, Moogfest unfolds in venues throughout downtown Durham in spaces that range from intimate galleries to grand theaters. Special care has been taken to pair nighttime performances with spaces that have unique acoustics and style. Art Installations are site-specific and scattered throughout the city.
The Durham Arts Council’s immaculately appointed black box PSI Theatre hosts innovative talks that combine performance and presentation, exhibiting music and visuals alongside conversation. Especially explorative sessions and performances include Onyx Ashanti’s ‘Musical Brains’, Georgia Tech’s musical improvising robot Shimon, ‘Arts & Smarts’ with Google Doodle’s Ryan Germick, Michael Garfield’s ‘Technoshamanism: A Very Psychedelic Century’, and Ben Knapp of Virginia Tech ICAT on virtual reality.
Durham Arts Council: Future Sound
Daytime performances at PSI Theater include human cyborg Neil Harbisson’s synaesthetic pedicure, Moon Ribas’ seismic performance, plus a very special concert in celebration of synthesizer design pioneer Don Buchla, with Alessandro Cortini, Morton Subotnik, Sarah Davachi and Suzanne Ciani.
A classroom style workshop space features 3-hour coding sessions with Undervolt & Co, Gray Area, EyeO, NEW INC series with Volvox Labs, Gabe & Dave, Luisa Pereira, and hands-on sequencer or synthesizer building workshops with littleBits and Dr. Blankenstein.
The full schedule can be found online at: https://moogfest.sched.org/.