By Hollie McGowan
New Forms Festival always brings Vancouver a lineup filled with new sounds and sights for art connoisseurs and electronic music enthusiasts to feast upon. Returning to the gorgeous backdrop of the Centre for Digital Media, the festival explores the ever-changing and evolving world of art while creating a platform for artistic growth.
Feeling a little overwhelmed by this year’s roster? Check out these six musical and visual performers who you should definitely be on your radar for New Forms Festival 2017.
Since the early 2000s, Peverelist has remained a cornerstone within the UK’s bass music culture. Through running his record label Punch Drunk Records, managing a record store Rooted Records and spearheading the reputable club night Dubloaded, Peverelist has become well-known for providing artists with a platform to produce and perform new and innovative sounds.
Belgian producer SKY H1 will be joining the artist ranks at New Forms this year with her ethereal synth soundscapes. Delicately weaving dreamy melodies and vocal samples over heavy, guttural chords will surely provide New Forms attendees with the musical sojourn they will be looking for.
Local Vancouver based artist, Julian Hou, is known for creating art through a combination of images, textiles, video, sound, music and performance. Not only does Hou have the ability to create alternate realities for audiences to discover and participate in, they are met with a touch of humor too. With an educational background in art, culture, and architecture, we can’t wait to see what Hou has in store for New Forms this year.
On deck to bring a heavier bass experience to New Forms this year will be E3. Heading up the Pacific Rim from Portland, E3 will take those on the dancefloor through a quality trip via the deep and spacious sounds of dub.
Juliana Huxtable is in a league of her own. Artist, DJ, model and member of New York based collective House of Ladosha, Huxtable is booked to play a set at New Forms this year. However, with such a varied background, who knows what kind of performance will come out of this artistic maelstrom.
New Forms is all about visual and audible windows into the futuristic unknown. Nicolas Sassoon is certainly one of the visual artists on the bill this year who will fulfill exactly that quota. Known for playing with the idea of animated GIFs, Sassoon’s addition to New Forms 2017 could very well take you down a rabbit hole through to a new virtual reality.New Forms Festival