Bringing together music and art in the digital world, Refraction takes place from the 16th - 31st July
On July 16th, Refraction unveils a new model for music and arts festivals in a socially distanced world. The two-week program of DJ sets, video exhibitions, installations and audiovisual performances from contemporary artists across sound, fashion, visual and digital art will take place entirely online, running nightly from July 16th through 30th.
The music program includes a number of live performances, DJ sets and audiovisual showcases from electronic artists like Omar-S, Marcellus Pittman, Hieroglyphic Being, Sapphire Slows, D. Tiffany and Roza Terenzi, plus representatives of Canadian labels like Pacific Rhythm and Mood Hut.
Some artists such as Mathew Jonson and Ciel have teamed up with visual artists whilst others are streaming from special locations: Channel Tres will broadcast from a private warehouse in Los Angeles, Yu Su will host a meditative soundscape session in her front garden and DJ Stingray will stream from a Rooftop in Berlin in collaboration with Best Films Forever. Others include ISLA label boss Daniel Rincon delivering a sunrise DJ set on a Montreal rooftop and Japanese DJs Gonno and DJ Sodeyama playing in the famous sound room at Contact club in Tokyo.
Unique live performances will also premiere from Amazondotcom, Hitmakerchinx, and more. Teams like Uganda’s Nyege Nyege Festival and the design & fashion collective Grey 93 have curated audio-video showcases to premiere on July 18. London soul singer Tawiah worked with the visual artist group known as MYRRH for her set on July 25, while Palestinian hip-hop champion Muqata’a will perform from his new home in Berlin on the eve of the Refraction finale, July 30th.
There will also be a visual arts programme over the course of the festival with installations from Well Now WTF, Robert Gallardo, Akiko Nayakama, Grey93 and more.
The festival was founded by the creator of Vancouver’s New Forms Festival and the artistic director of CODE (a digital arts showcase that ran during the 2010 Olympics). In lieu of tickets and festival passes, Refraction will raise money for ColorOfChange.org and TheBailProject.org at each event.