MACHINISTA FESTIVAL

-Machines as artists – Artists against machinic standards- Full screen robovision-

Machinista 04 – a contemporary preview of the future, forged by wo/man and machine into a dizzy brew of bleeding edge art / science / politics and youth culture, originating from an atypical Scottish-Russian collaboration.

Machinista 04 – a harmonious cacophony of events showcasing innovative technology and various interpretations of artifice and reality, from a host of visual and software artists, scientists, designers, filmmakers, musicians and performers. A stimulating journey through worlds present and future, accessible to both uninitiated and acclimatised, technophobe or geek.

This unique festival respects no national or cultural boundaries, and seeks to challenge the societal norms which govern both perception and practice of interaction between wo/man and machine. The race is on to wrench new meaning from the technology which surrounds us, to create nodes of interest which will soar above the banality of automatic everyday life. Prepare to have your mind thrust into the outer reaches of feasibility, where you will savour the glorious taste of algorhythmic ejaculata, before being spat back out into the unfamiliar present of a malfunctioning dystopia.

The first Machinista in 2003 attracted worldwide attention to one of Russia’s most mysterious cities. Machinista 2004 takes this a step further – the original Russian organisers have joined forces with alternative underground groups and major international venues in Glasgow – one of Europes most culturally dynamic cities. Machinista is brought to you by clubrunners, music promoters and theatre producers collaborating with curators, scientists and inventors.

Machinista will entertain, shock, enlighten, provoke,educate and assist those who attend in a number of ways.
Machinista’s audience will interact with intelligent systems, become lost in multi sensory environments, applaud the performances of sentient machines and experience fascinating representations of the robotic worldview.

Machinista accepts that the priviliged position of creative genius is under direct attack: machines that are self-aware challenge typical bourgeois western notions of what an artist or an inventor is.
Many experts predict that technological evolution will inevitably lead toward fuller, if not total integration of human with machine. We often take for granted the dependencies that have only been formed comparitively recently, and can forget that our relationship with technology is effectively already creating a third form situated somewhere between wo/man and machine. Whether people in the future will be able to upload their personas into low-maintenance hardware and live for thousands of years or not is open to speculation.

Machinista questions as well as celebrates such ideas – and provides ways and tools for our species to assert itself in the face of the potential obsolesence

The Machinista festival celebrates artificial intelligence in the arts, presenting an international selection of works where Artists and Machines explore their changing roles within the creative process.

The first Machinista in 2003 featured:
– over 120 artists/filmmaker/programmers on the festival website and CD ROM.
– offline events in Moscow and Perm City in the Urals.

Machinista 2004 is set to be an even more significant event.

LINKS
Machinista 2003 is at http://www.machinista.ru/en
Machinista 2004 is at http://www.machinista.org

Venues involved in Machinista Glasgow 7 – 9 May 2004 include
* Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
* The Arches
* The Chateau
* The Warehouse