AlgoMech returns from 8-12 November 2017.

We're currently in the process of uploading and confirming our schedule, so there is little here in terms of confirmed artists and events.

Our preliminary programme will be released 1st August and full programme early September 2017. In the meantime you can have a look at last year's lineup, subscribe to our youtube channel, follow us on facebook or twitter, and add your email address to our mailing list.

All dates shown here are subject to change, with much more to be added. See you in November!

Fri 20 October 2017


Sheffield Insititute of Arts gallery
20 Oct. 2017 - 12 Nov. 2017

Our first festival exhibition, featuring both algorithmic and mechanical art. The exhibition will open several weeks before AlgoMech, and will close on the final day of the festival. More details to follow.

Wed 08 November 2017

Technology without Technology: Open Platform

Sheffield Insititute of Arts gallery
time t.b.c., 08 Nov. 2017

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. is a micro event series that explores the digital with physical means by asking performers to present digital work without using anything digital. Five performers/presenters take up the challenge of re-thinking the digital with free interpretations that are 1 to 10 minutes in duration, about or related to digital technology and happening on some sort of platform. 'Technology without Technology' (TwT) performances are a creative, playfully serious strategy to negotiate the 'unknowable' of digital technology and the constant information overload in our contemporary world. OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. originated at Access Space in 2012 and is curated by Susanne Palzer. @Open_Platform_


Thu 09 November 2017

Gallery talks

Sheffield Insititute of Arts gallery
6pm-7:30pm, 09 Nov. 2017

Talks from artists involved with our exhibition in the Cantor gallery.

Fri 10 November 2017


Millennium Gallery
6pm-6pm, 10 Nov. 2017

A presentation of the work behind "Decomposition Theory or How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Demand the Future".

Sat 11 November 2017

Symposium on Unmaking

Millennium Gallery
11 Nov. 2017 - 11 Nov. 2017

Our second arts-research symposium, this year exploring Unmaking as a form of resistance, through a day and a half of talks and other interventions. More details to follow.


Millennium Gallery
8pm-12am, 11 Nov. 2017

"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

The AlgoMech algorave returns to Millennium Gallery for its second year. Line-up TBA, but expect top notch live coding mixed with mechanical interventions once more.

Sun 12 November 2017

Workshop - e-textiles

Access Space
11am-5pm, 12 Nov. 2017

In this workshop lead by Becky Stewart and Sophie Skach from Queen Mary University of London, participants will experiment with different materials to build their own fabric sensors. Working in groups, they will then explore ways to integrate these sensors into garments to capture body movement and create soundscapes from this data. The goal is to turn textiles into musical interfaces and to discover the possibilities of wearable sensor networks.

Registration details to follow.

Workshop - Pulse and Patterns

Millennium Gallery
1pm-5pm, 12 Nov. 2017

A workshop lead by Ralf Schreiber and Christian Faubel, where participants will build small electro-mechanical solo drum machines from single DC motors and small circuit boards. The workshop will experiment with different kinds of sounding materials (metal pieces, stones, springs, paper, etc), where the machines will oscillate freely and develop their own individual sound quality. Once built the machines will be used to explore fundamental musical structures.

More details and registration details to follow.

Workshop - algorave academy

Access space labs
1pm-5pm, 12 Nov. 2017

The return of "Algorave Academy", a workshop on writing live code to make music to dance to. This year we'll have more than one live coding environment covered, including systems for making live visuals as well as music.

Sonic Pattern

Millennium Gallery
time t.b.c., 12 Nov. 2017

We'll close with a strange event, exploring patterns across sight, sound, textiles and code.