Sónar presents new AI and Music festival for October 2021
Remaining on the cutting edge of culture, technology and creativity, the renowned Sónar Barcelona has announced a new festival focusing on the impact of artificial intelligence on music, a special edition of Sónar at the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona [CCCB] and a new series of immersive shows at IDEAL for this fall.
From October 27th until October 30th 2021, a programme of close to 100 activities will be taking place across the new AI and Music S + T + ARTS Festival (October 27th and 28th) and SónarCCCB 2021 (October 29th and 30th).
Running from 11am until midnight, every day at the CCCB will be filled with concerts, conferences, demonstrations, workshops, screenings and audio-visual capsules, with further activities taking place simultaneously in different areas of Barcelona and other European cities.
Introducing a hybrid experience of face-to-face and digital events, an abundance of content and collaborations based on the exchange of knowledge between creators, cultural facilities and scientific institutions is set to engage and challenge the minds of participants.
Renowned entities such as the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya [UPC], the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute [IDIBELL], the Institute of Photonic Sciences [ICFO], the Barcelona Supercomputing Center [BSC], the In-Edit festival, the IDEAL digital arts center, Factory Berlin and Somerset House, as well as training centers such as ESMUC, Eina, Taller de Músics, IED or BAU, are all contributing to the exciting programme.
Furthermore, the AI and Music Festival will also offer a series of talks and round tables featuring contributors such as scientists, artists and professionals who will discuss the uses, experiments and potential of AI as a transformative element in music, with an emphasis on how it could reach the general public, for example, through new instruments.
Prior to the event, on September 16th, 17th and 18th, the premiere of “Koraal-Magma”, a new audiovisual show by John Talabot and Desilence, will take place and open a new cycle of immersive concerts by local Sónar artists at IDEAL.
All activities will be face-to-face, with capacity limited to 1,000 people per day for both festivals at the CCCB. At IDEAL, there will be a capacity of 200 attendees per session. However, a large part of the AI and Music Festival and SónarCCCB programme will also be made available online through live streamings accessible through sonar.es and beteve.cat.
Transcending the AI and Music Festival will be the launch of the Thinking Lab, a space for debate and co-creation coordinated by UPC and Sónar. A collaboration between experts, scientists, artists and professionals who will exchange the experiences and knowledge that have served to nurture some of the festival’s presentations and shows, their conclusions will later be published in a white paper on music and AI.
Tickets for the AI and Music Festival and SónarCCCB 2021 are already on sale via sonar.es and tickets for Sónar at IDEAL via idealbarcelona.com. You can find further information at aimusicfestival.eu.