AUDIOVISUAL performing arts: 13-14 April 2024, london

crux festival of AUDIOVISUAL performing arts: 13-14 April 2024

Kareem Samara

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The Studio: Saturday 18:00

Combining Arab and western acoustic instruments along with electronics, creating new lines of dialogue between traditions; resulting in a unique soundscape and performance.

Photo of performer Kareem Samara

Kareem Samara is a musician, composer and organiser from London.

He works with a wide variety of poets, writers and musicians across many disciplines in Europe, the USA and the Middle East. His work combines Arab and western acoustic instruments along with electronics, creating new lines of dialogue between traditions; resulting in a unique soundscape and performance. Unpredictable and raw, the improvisational method ensures no performance is the same. ‘Shoegaze-esque solo set that paired electronic foot pedals with Maqams played on historys oldest string instrument…our ears bent like periscopes to catch every finger twist.’

His work for theatre includes You Bury Me (Paines Plough) Hakawatis (Shakespeare Globe) and History of Water in the Middle East (Royal Court) The Chronicles of Majnoon Leila (The Gate).

 

L’Aubaine

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L’Aubaine (Laurie Bender) is a visual artist and performer, exploring the interconnection between image and sound, projections into the spatial dimension, as well as different narrative forms.

She performed in many set ups from underground raves, club nights to big festivals in UK and continental Europe, adding real-time and audio-reactive visuals to electronic music.

Photo of Laurie Bender - L'Aubaine

L’Aubaine (Laurie Bender) is a visual artist and performer from Geneva (CH), based in London. For over 15 years, she has been exploring the interconnection between real-time visuals and sound, projections into the spatial dimension, as well as different narrative forms.

She performed in many set ups from underground raves, club nights to big festivals in UK and continental Europe, as a live visual artist and professional VJ. She’s been adding real-time and audioreactive visuals to electronic music (DJ sets and live acts), in Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown, Le Zoo/Usine (CH), Splice festival (London), E1 club, Outernet, Manchester Pride, Art Vision VJ contest (Moscow), Visual Brasil (ES), etc. She also been VJing for big shows and club nights using provided content such as Partiboi69 (Printworks, 2022), Or:la (Sonar Festival, 2022).

Laurie was one of the three visual artists featuring in Resident Advisor (RA), Art + Sound published in Oct 2021. Commissioned to create an audiovisual piece, added with interviews and showcasing her work flow and inspiration.

She was also one of the four visual artists to participate to Prada Extends, event curated by Richie Hawtin at the Tate, London in Nov 2021.

L’Aubaine also loves projecting out of the simple rectangular screen with multi-screens, projection mapping and in immersive environments (fulldome, 360°).
She participated with live and recorded projection mapping in Genius Loci Weimar (DE), Serum Light Festival (SK), Live Mapping Contests at LPM, projected live visuals in the dome in Shambala festival.

She brings you on a seamless visual journey, creating composition live like a painter on her canvas. Organic, graphical, abstract or figurative, she crafted her unique style over the years, mixing self-produced content, using analogue and digital techniques, 2D, 3D, hand-drawn animations, motion graphics, and footages. She also perform analogue visuals set with video synths and video mixer.

In her AV performances and narrative projects, she expresses socio/politics/psychological concerns and often collaborates with a producer/DJ or musician for the audio aspect.

She also creates music videos, visuals, graphic/motion design for artists and record labels.
With the covid pandemic, she’s been preparing visuals for music streaming events such as UKF, Lost Horizon festival, Eclipselunar, University of Tropical Sounds and also participated in events with live streaming visuals.

L’Aubaine was part of VJ London organisation team, from 2015 till 2020, where she organised many of the monthly meet-up & showcases. With VJ London they also organised bigger events (AV Depot, London Is Dead) with interactive installations, AV performances with artists based in the London area and international.

Visual work from L'Aubaine