Pixel power sweeps through Lapa for four days of technology, workshops and a sneak preview of art’s digital future
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While the great and the good of global power (we hope) meet to discuss the sustainability of our planet at its current trajectory, Circo Voador looks towards a different future; art, music, gaming, but above all, technology. Also brushing its joystick against the worlds of architecture, fashion and design, the festival aims to open up to the public the myriad roles that technology plays in these related realms. To that end, free workshops will be available on everything from video mapping and stop-motion animation to sustainable energy supply, with a special focus on viral videos.
Ongoing art installations run from the digi-geometric to the most manual of grafitti within the same work - ‘Supernova’ - while Caesar Baio’s ‘Dance Everywhere’ allows the world to interact with Circo Voador’s dancefloor via the internet. Are we really ready to share our best moves with other continents?
Of equal importance, then, the music line up across the festival calls upon the mobile soundsystem crew Nuvem to take a break from cycling the city and broadcasting on two wheels to open up proceedings on Thursday. Speaker-rattling rudeboys Digital Dubs take charge on Friday, and a fruity selection of Saturday night DJs includes local hero DJ Nepal’s Apavoramento Soundsystem and Raul Seixas’ daughter and jacking house DJ diva Vivi at the controls. The revelation of this year’s carnival, Super Mario Bloco (you can work it out for yourselves, but it works better than you might think), closes out the Sunday night in suitably retro mood for the gameboys and girls.