Bluedot Announces Arts and Culture Programme For 2017 Festival

Combining science with the arts, Bluedot festival can be lauded as one of the UK’s most innovative outdoor events. It takes place at the revered astronomical observatory, Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank, and offers ticketholders the chance to see performances from world-renowned musicians, as well as sharing in the knowledge of some of the most well-respected scientists in the field (no pun intended).

Organisers of the event have called upon the services of Japanese artist, Daito Manabe to map projected artwork onto the imposing Lovell Telescope which Jodrell Bank is famous for. The data collected by the telescope, the telescope will become a canvas for imagery created using radio frequencies picked up from outer space.

This will be produced as a part of the Abandon Normal DevicesCOSMOS project and has seen Manabe teaming up with scientists at Jodrell Bank, alongside Rhizomatiks Research techies to study the data before producing artwork that represents what the collaborative crew learnt during the time they spent together.

Perhaps this will form some sort of spectrogram, similar to those famously created by Aphex Twin, which he then converted into tracks that he later released. Who knows? It sounds pretty spectacular, we can safely say that.

In addition to the above, ticketholders can also enjoy the other-worldly performance of Herbert’s Dream, which will be staged by the internationally acclaimed Compagnie De Quidams theatre company, hailing from France. The performance takes the form of a parade, assisted by lanterns and other instruments of light, to give spectators an amazing visual spectacle to follow on from The Pixies’ Friday night performance.

Bluedot takes place 7th – 9th July at Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre and Arboretum, Macclesfield, Cheshire. For the full line-up, photos, videos and ticket information head over to our Bluedot page.


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