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James Bridle, CiRCA69, GAIKA, Warp Records, Carroll/ Fletcher, Punchdrunk, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Imogen Heap, Mark Leckey, Claire Tolan, Coldcut, Warren Ellis, Another Space, Holly Blakey, Nkisi, Klein, Constant Dullaart, Shane Walter, Darkstar, Gwilym Gold, Julie Freeman, Ghislaine Boddington, the Barbican, Mixcloud, ELEKTRA, Nuits Sonores, Sonar + D, Room One, V&A, Di Mainstone, Ars Electronica, Musicboard Berlin, Ash Sakar, Quebec House, Native Instruments, Ruiari Glynn, Phoenix Parry, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Futureplay Festival, Heart & Soul, One handed musical instrument trust, bela.io, Theodore Spyropoulos, Scientific Dreamz of U, Nikhil Shah, British Council, Helen Zaltzman, Ruth Barnes, Craig Duranti, Marcus O'Dair, Cliff Fluet, Vinay Gupta, Vaughn McKenzie, Jeremy Silver, Phil Barry, Sue McLean.

Convergence has announced the lineup for its Sessions programme, taking place in the railway arches at Behind The Bike Shed in Shoreditch, London on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March.

Sessions gives changemakers, groundbreakers and risk takers a platform to share thoughts, collaborate and interact with like-minded individuals and discuss how people and ideas are shaping the future of technology.

This series of discussions, immersive workshops and live performances focuses on the countless opportunities in store for industry pioneers and curious creatives alike.

Sessions attendees will hear from a wide range of industry voices, advancing their knowledge and understanding of how technology can enable big ideas and empower creative people.

Sessions is hosted by digital culture writer and journalist, Leigh Alexander (Guardian Technology).

The two-day event features over 30 speakers, performers and artists including the ‘Willy Wonka of science and design’, Nelly Ben Hayoun; comic book writer, novelist and screenwriter, Warren Ellis; Turner Prize-winning artist, Mark Leckey; a live collaboration between choreographer, Holly Blakey, electronic duo, Darkstar, and songwriter and composer, Gwilym Gold; The CUBE VR experience by CiRCA69; plus contributions and presentations from Warp Records, onedotzero, British Council, Native Instruments, Mixcloud, Punchdrunk, Barbican, V&A, and more.  

Convergence has partnered with Carroll/Fletcher to commission a new public installation by politically charged tech writer and artist, James Bridle to be installed in the Great Eastern Wall Gallery for six weeks from 21st March 2017. To accompany his new commission, James joins the Sessions programme to discuss the role of digital images in the built environment, political impact of algorithms and the meaning of virtuality today.  This partnership will also be exhibiting "The European Classes" by Dutch artist Constant Dullaart, who will create new image datasets to challenge how Europe's diverse cultural output and undefinable identity can be represented. This will be a free exhibition taking place from 23rd - 25th March 2017 at Village Underground Gallery.

Glenn Max, Director of Convergence saysConvergence Sessions 2017 comes as a collaborative effort based on 3 prior years’ experience on what ignites our audience. Drawing on our long-standing creative partners and notable others, we've pulled together a dynamic event that will surely offer an array of bold illuminations.

From James Bridle’s compelling visual arts to Nelly Ben Hayoun's rebel-rousing educational initiatives to Holly Blakey’s choreographic experiments to Warp Records cultural prognosis, there is a staggering scope of compelling content and conversation across these two days.

Although it would be typical of the producer of an event like this to say “this is our finest work yet” -- in this case, it would be most sincere.

Leigh Alexander, Guardian Tech writer and journalist who will be hosting Sessions 2017: "Convergence will offer us the opportunity to experience technology not as a series of devices and techniques but as a space where it's possible to live, create and invent. We'll be looking at the ways tech enables cultural dialogue, sharing provocative topics facing digital society and creative sectors. I'm so excited to present our great guests and help offer them a platform to explore this fascinating social and professional landscape."

Shane Walter, Founder of onedotzero, said of being part of the Sessions programme: "As long-term advocates of the digital scene in London, we have enjoyed supporting Convergence since the first event in 2014. This year, for our fourth collaboration, we're excited to present a series of talks on robotics and machine learning to spark future imagination"

Speakers and performers

Friday 24 March

Hosted by Leigh Alexander (writer and journalist, Guardian Tech podcast)

(Full daily schedule)

Short talks, panels and interactive presentations by:

  • Alexandros Tsolakis (Creative Director, Another Space)

  • Julie Freeman (Artist)

  • Ghislaine Boddington (Creative Director, body>data>space)

  • Nelly Ben Hayoun (Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute)

  • James Bridle (Artist, Writer)

  • Jonathan Carroll (Founding Director, Carroll / Fletcher Gallery)

  • Siddharth Khajuria (Senior Producer, Barbican)

  • Alain Thibault (Artistic Director, ELEKTRA)

  • Pierre-Marie Oullion (Artistic Director, Nuits Sonores)

  • Jose Luis de Vincente (Curator, Sonar +D)

  • Irini Papadimitriou (Digital Programmes Manager, the V&A)

  • Martin Honzik (Director, Ars Electronica Festival)

  • Katja Lucker (Managing Director, Musicboard Berlin)

  • Mark Leckey (Artist)

  • Warren Ellis (Author for comics, novels and television)

  • GAIKA (Artist)

  • Ash Sarkar (Senior Editor, Novara Media)

Live VR experience by:

  • CiRCA69 (Electronic Theatre Artist)

Live performances by:

  • Holly Blakey (Choreographer, Director)

  • Darkstar (Electronic Musicians)

  • Gwilym Gold (Musician, Composer)

Saturday 25 March

(Full daily schedule)

Short talks, panels and interactive presentations by:

  • Robin McNicholas (Co-founder & Creative Director, Marshmallow Laser Feast)

  • Helen Zaltzman (podcaster, The Allusionist and Answer Me This)

  • Ruth Barnes (Director and Co-Founder, Chalk & Blade, Founder, The Other Woman)

  • Craig Duranti (Moda Black)

  • Nikhil Shah (Co-Founder, Mixcloud)

  • Xanthe Fuller (Head of Community, Mixcloud)

  • Colin Nightingale (Creative Producer, Punchdrunk)

  • Simon Wilkinson (Artist, also known as CiRCA69)

  • Josh McNorton (Festival Producer, FuturePlay)

  • Claire Tolan (Berlin-based ASMR artist)

  • Di Mainstone (Hybrid artist exploring sound through music)

  • Scientific Dreamz of U (DJ, Producer exploring electronic music and nanoscience)

  • Heart & Soul (creative arts company exploring accessibility in music production)

  • One handed musical instrument trust (UK-based charity enabling music-making for the physically disabled)

  • bela.io (embedded platform for ultra-low latency audio and sensor processing)

  • Native Instruments (Cutting edge developer of software and hardware for music production and DJing)

Live VR experience by:

  • CiRCA69 (Electronic Theatre Artist)

Live performances by:

  • Scientific Dreamz of U (DJ, Producer exploring electronic music and nanoscience)

  • Nkisi (Producer, DJ, Co-founder of NON, a collective of artists of the African diaspora)

  • Klein (Artist)

One and two-day tickets are available from £25. To see the full Sessions programme and speaker list and book tickets, visit the Convergence website at convergence-london.com

Free event: Music on the Blockchain

On Friday 26th, Convergence and citizenM are offering a free off-site panel session at citizenM Tower of London.

(Full schedule)

Panel discussions with:

  • Marcus O'Dair (Convenor of the Blockchain for Creative Industries cluster at Middlesex University)

  • Imogen Heap (Recording Artist, Producer, Mycelia)

  • Cliff Fluet (Partner - Digital Media & Brand Entertainment, Lewis Silkin LLP)

  • Jeremy Silver (CEO, Digital Catapult)

  • Phil Barry (Founder, Ujo Music and Blokur)

  • Sue McLean (Blockchain & Smart Contract Task Force, Morrison & Foerster)

  • Vaughn McKenzie (Blockchain Entrepreneur, Jaak)

  • Vinay Gupta (Blockchain Venture Capitalist)

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Convergence Sessions

Friday 24 March

Behind The Bike Shed, EC1V 9LT

10.00 - 21.30

Convergence Sessions

Saturday 25 March

Behind The Bike Shed, EC1V 9LT

10.00 - 21.30

citizenM presents: Music on the Blockchain (free event)

Friday 24 March

Cloud Bar, citizenM Tower of London, EC3N 4DJ

16:00 - 18:00

James Bridle

Tuesday 21 March - Tuesday 2 April

Great Eastern Wall Gallery

Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3NT

Constant Dullaart

Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th March 2017

Village Underground Gallery

54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ

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Praise for Convergence

“The forward-thinking spring series packs a seriously good line-up” Time Out

“Convergence is a festival on a constant creative incline. Their contribution to music, art, technology and the notion of electronic music as means of social and cultural growth acts as a reassurance that while we are slowly pilfered of club culture’s heritage, there is certainly a future worth raving for” Crack

"The roving, five-day event series runs the gamut from banging club nights and immersive gigs to sit-down concerts, showcasing some of the capital's most iconic venues[...] If that's not enough, there's also Convergence Sessions, a two-day programme of talks, workshops and screenings focussing on the intersection of music and technology." Resident Advisor

"Panels, interactive workshops and film screenings, run alongside the music for the most thrilling five days in March you can imagine. An essential part of our calendar, we really can’t wait." London In Stereo

“An embarrassment of riches...The talent amassed here is so witty and brutal” The Guardian

“An expertly curated festival” DJ Mag

“Triumphant” The Quietus

“Convergence festival brings some of the most forward-thinking electronic artists to London” Monocle

“A significant highlight on London's cultural horizon”  The Ransom Note

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ENDS

Notes for editors:

* Tickets available from www.convergence-london.com/2017/event/type/sessions

* Fourth year of the multi-venue series of events focusing on music, art and technology

* Sessions Partners: Arts Council, Behind The Bike Shed, British Council, citizenM, Native Instruments, Mixcloud, onedotzero, Warp

* Media Partners: Crack, NTS, Resident Advisor, The Quietus

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