AlgoMech – the first Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement is coming to Sheffield from 12-19th November 2016, with talks, hands-on workshops, concerts, and an algorave, all exploring algorithmic and mechanical movement. AlgoMech is organised by FoAM Kernow and LoveBytes, in collaboration with Millennium Gallery, Access Space, and Sheffield Hallam and Sussex Universities, the British Science Association and powered by Dangernoise soundsystem.

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Sat 12 November 2016

Interactive Txalaparta

Millennium Gallery
time t.b.c., 12 Nov. 2016

The Txalaparta is a Basque musical tradition where two people make music by hitting planks of wood with large sticks, communicating with each other according to a tacit algorithm. Enrike Hurtado has developed software which can play the Txalaparta with a human, which you will be able to try hands-on, including new mechanical aspects of the work developed in Sheffield as part of a group AlgoMech residency at Access Space. 

Dead Plants and Living Objects

time t.b.c., 12 Nov. 2016

Dead Plants And Living Objects is a collaborative sound installation / concert by sound artists Rie Nakajima and Pierre Berthet who have been creating various ways to vibrate things so that their acoustic shadows dance around the space. 

Tin cans, whistles, locomotive suspension springs, porcelain bowls, compressor top bells, ping pong balls, agave dry leaves, sponges, steel wires, branches, paper foils, plastic bags, silver papers, pink gloves, piano, balloons, buckets, feathers, water, scraps, peebles, flower pots, guitar, metal tubes, paulownia tree seeds, pearls, bamboo sticks, logs, bones, stones, filter queens...

This event is in collaboration with DINA and Connect the Dots, and will premiere new work commissioned through a residency at Access Space.

Crafting sound

Millennium Gallery
time t.b.c., 12 Nov. 2016
Tickets on sale soon

A concert of diverse artforms including clog dancing, music boxes, embroidery and live coding, which together bring the human mechanics, making and movement into focus.

Sun 13 November 2016


Sheffield Institute of Arts
9:30am-9pm, 13 Nov. 2016
£25 / £12.50 - Buy tickets

An arts-research day symposium, with talks and performances on the theme of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, chaired by Thor Magnusson and Chris Kiefer from the University of Sussex, and taking place in the Sheffield Institute of Arts.

We are very happy to announce that the symposium will include a keynote speech from Godfried-Willem Raes, and that a call for artist and research talks is open until 10th October. For details, including the open call and draft programme, please see the symposium website hosted by the symposium chairs.

Wed 16 November 2016

Algorave academy

Access Space
1pm-6pm, 16 Nov. 2016
£25 / £15 - Buy tickets

A hands-on, beginners' workshop where you can get started with making music and visuals with text.. You'll be introduced to a variety of "live coding" environments, geared towards combining simple elements into complex results. Most of the workshop will be hands-on with the free/open source TidalCycles environment. No experience in programming or performance necessary! Just bring a laptop (or let us know in advance if you need to borrow one). The workshop will be lead by algoravers Lucy Cheesman, Richard Eason and Alex McLean. 

Booking essential, £25 or £15 concessions (student/underemployed/independent artist). We are keen for this to be an inclusive workshop, so if cost is a barrier but keen to take part please get in contact.

Thu 17 November 2016

Technology without Technology: Open Platform

Access Space
time t.b.c., 17 Nov. 2016

A series of 10 minute performances about technology, without the use of technology, curated by Susanne Palzer.

Fri 18 November 2016


Millennium Gallery
8pm-1am, 18 Nov. 2016
£6 (+ booking fee) - Buy tickets

"The scene at an algorave is often what you'd expect from any good techno night - a dark room, engaging visuals. a decent, bass-heavy speaker set-up, and lots of people ready to dance. .. performers at algoraves respond to each other and the audience in real time, often projecting the lines of code onto the walls as they type. lt’s coding as improvisation and experiment.." - The Wire magazine

Algorave is a combination of "algorithms" and "rave", the opportunity to dance to alien rhythms and freaky visuals, all created from code before your eyes. The Algorave scene is fast-growing around the world, with Sheffield a strong centre, building on its fine roots in electronic music history. For the AlgoMech Algorave we are teaming up with Millennium Gallery Live Lates, and mixing in some mechanical techno to spice up the algorithmic electronics. We'll be bringing together algorithmic and mechanical artists from UIQ, PC Music, Computer Club, Rephlex and NTS radio on one bill.. This has to be experienced!

Sat 19 November 2016

Closing event

Access Space
time t.b.c., 19 Nov. 2016
Free (£3 suggested. donation on the door)

Our closing event will begin with a dance performance from Kate Sicchio, leading into a party including local acts (to be announced) and a powerful performance from Chinstroke Records legend DJ Dadmagnet. All donations on the door go to the charitable work of Access Space.