Refraction Festival 2020

Refraction brought global online communities together for a two-week festival

Reimagining what it means to be a digital event during this socially distanced world, Refraction Festival curated a two-week programme which brought together contemporaries from music, art, fashion, and internet culture. Launching with a series of exhibitions including showcases from Well Now WTF and Harddiskmuseum on the 16th July, Refraction hosted exclusive performances from some of the most exciting names in their industries and teamed up with Mutek, Contact, FACT, Crack, Dublab and Worldwide FM for premieres.

Scheduled over the two weeks were special AV pairings from DJ Stingray and BFF Collective + SVDK, Dreamcastmoe and Tyrous Morris, The 83rd and Gabriel Massan, and object blue and Natalia Podgórska to name a few. Blood Orange collaborator Tawiah used the moment to shine a light on the current political movement with a speech from James Baldwin dubbed over, Detroit legend Omar-S gave a rare live performance, Akiko Nakayama showed her mind-bending ‘Alive Painting’, Nyege Nyege Tapes’ artists showcased their full-throttle 180bpm+ soundscapes, hip-hop collaborator Robert Gallardo questions advertising and Lorna Mills used her surroundings with animations on trees.

All shows are free to watch until the end of August but donations are encouraged. All proceeds are split between a selection of organisations including Color Of Change, The Bail Project, Primary Colours, The Okra Project, and Afrotectopia.

Musical Performance Schedule

July 17th : Tawiah + Myrrh • Marcellus Pittman w/ Clips Co-op

July 18th : Mathew Jonson • Ciel w/ Sandro S. Petrillo

July 19th : Yu Su

July 21st : Mood Hut AV

July 21st : Contact Showcase: Sapphire Slows • Gonno + Genki Nishida • DJ Sodeyama + Manami Sakamoto

July 22nd : Akiko Nakayama • Pacific Rhythm w/ Deep Gnome

July 22nd : Amazondotcom • Hieroglyphic Being Presents SoMuchNoise2BeHeard • The 83rd

July 24th : Hitmakerchinx • DJ Stingray w/ BFF collective + SVDK • Venetta

July 25th : Nyege Nyege Tapes: DJ Diaki • Ecko Bazz • MC Yallah • Afrorack • Rey Sapienz & Fresh Dougis • HHY & The Kampala Unit • DJ Duke

July 25th : Grey 93 Showcase: Grey 93 • Ana B • Blackman & Social Purposes • Maria Yurko

July 26th : Séance Centre • dreamcastmoe w/ care of tyrous morris

July 28th : Muqata’a • object blue w/ Natalia Podgórska • Omar-S • MoMa Ready

July 29th : Daniel Rincón • D Tiffany & Roza Terenzi • Reptant • Regularfantasy w/ Ariana Molly

July 30th : Refraction Closing • Channel Tres

Visual Arts Schedule

July 16th—31st : Refraction x Well Now WTF
Alex McLeod • Anneli Goeller • Antonio Roberts • Casey Reas • Chiara Passa • • Daniel Temkin • Emilie Gervais • Eltons Kuns • Everest Pipkin • Hannah Neckel • Hyo Myoung Kim • Janet40 • Jillian McDonald • LaJuné McMillian • Lilly Handley • Mark Klink • Molly Erin McCarthy • Olivia Ross • Peter Burr • Rick Silva • Rita Jiménez • Haydiroket • Rodell Warner • Rosa Menkman • shawné michaelain holloway • Surabhi Saraf • Terrell Davis • Andres Manniste • Theo Triantafyllidis • Travess Smalley • Tyler KlineView

July 16th—31st : Harddiskmuseum x Generate Arts
Emilie Gervais • Domenico Barra • Haydiroket • Sandra Araújo • Snow Yunxue FuView

July 16th—31st: Audio Visual Effects Filter Showcase
@felipesalves3 • @juliorlixo • @lucii_ferr • @omega.c • @tokyyto • @vitulox

July 16th—31st: Robert Gallardo






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