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CYBERPUNK CONVENTION 2019

ABOUT

We are approaching November 2019

That means its Blade Runner time!

Prepare for a four-day marathon event consisting of screenings, outdoor cinema, keynote addresses, talks, debates, workshops, markets, bike rides and dystopian music nights.

The Convention is a celebration of the profound importance that the industrial landscape of Teesside and the rain of the North of England had on the young Ridley Scott and his subsequent vision for the 1982 dystopian masterpiece Blade Runner.

We also celebrate Blade Runner’s relationship with its source novel, ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ by Philip K Dick and its subsequent influence on the global cyberpunk genre. 

We will also delve into the current electronic, experimental music, performance, gamer, cosplay, and AV underground scene on Teesside and the NE of England.

Most of all though, this is an event for the fans!

We want to invite the fan community to meet each other, discuss, debate, view, and party in all things Blade Runner and Cyberpunk on Teesside, the place that had so much influence on Ridley Scott and Blade Runner.

You may want to come and just take it all in, but there will be opportunities to participate so please look through the GET INVOLVED section.

We have been busy putting our programme together and will be adding just a few further special names over the coming months.

WARNING: DRESS FOR COLD AND POSSIBLE RAIN, SOME OF OUR EVENTS ARE OUTDOOR!

Have a better one.

Cyberpunk Team

TICKETS

(See below for full programme of delights)

Four-day wristband (all screenings, talks, events, music events)
7-10 Nov 19
Multiple venues, locations
£123.00
Note: 230 wristbands only.

Extra tickets due to extra capacity at some of our venues:

Friday 8 Nov 19

Premiere: How Many Sheep Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb

Written and performed by Scott Turnbull
8 Nov 19
6pm (30min production) 
ARC Stockton
£10.00
Note: 109 extra tickets only

An audience with screen legend Joanna Cassidy

An audience with screen legend Joanna Cassidy
hosted by Paul M. Sammon
8 Nov 19
7pm (1hr.15min event) 
ARC Stockton
£23.00
Note: 109 extra tickets only

Saturday 9 Nov 19

The Cyberpunk Ball

(Cosplay/Fancy Dress desirable but not compulsory!)
Featuring: ATARI TEENAGE RIOT, CLINIC, KINDRED LUFT FRONT, STEEL CITY COLLECTIVE (DJ Jonny Lazer and DJ LA Rock), plus very special premiere of Paul Sullivan’s 'DEATH OF AN ANDROID’ performed by Joanna Cassidy, Zhora in Blade Runner, with live score by VESSEL + More TBC
7pm doors
Middlesbrough Town Hall
£28.00




 


Why Teesside?

Born in South Shields in 1937, Blade Runner director Ridley Scott’s family moved around the North-East of England before finally settling down in Greens Beck Road, Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees where he attended the local Grangefield Grammar School (now The Grangefield Academy). On graduation from Grangefield, Scott attended the West Hartlepool College of Art from 1954 to 1958, obtaining a diploma in design before moving to the Royal College of Art in London and developing his reputation as one of the leading film directors of the 20/21 centuries.

Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner - often cited as the most important science fiction/cyberpunk film ever made - is based upon the 1968 novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ by Philip K Dick, a leading new-wave cyberpunk writer. Although ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ is set in San Francisco, Scott’s epic re-sets the story in Los Angeles but in reality much of the film's aesthetic and film-noir atmosphere is based on Scott’s experience of Teesside, in particular the industrial flame stacks of ICI Wilton that became one of cinema’s most iconic images as Scott recreated their eerie glow for his dystopian vision of Blade Runner.

As Scott described himself:

“There’s a walk from Redcar into Hartlepool. I’d cross a bridge at night, and walk above the steel works. So that’s probably where the opening of Blade Runner comes from.”

Although Scott’s references to Blade Runner are often only externally referred to as relating to the opening sequences, the entire films atmosphere was influenced directly by the industrial architecture and Northern English weather of Teesside.

“It always seemed to be rather gloomy and raining, and I’d just think ‘God, this is beautiful’.

“You can find beauty in everything, and so I think I found the beauty in that darkness.”

From Tony Scott:

“I’ll tell you what my five favourite films are,…and the top of that list is Blade Runner, not just because my brother did it but because Blade Runner is such a brilliant film and it touches on so much of my past and I saw so much of Ridley and where we grew up, bringing in so much of his imagination and so much of his dreams come to the screen with that movie and most of all, you know the big stamp in terms of our background where we grew up was the rain. We grew up in the north of England and it was always raining,…..and the comics that Ridley used to read, so when I saw the movie I saw so much of him being brought to the screen”

Tony Scott (Film Director, Ridley’s brother) discussing Blade Runner in Dangerous Days: The Making of Blade Runner by Charles de Lauzirika.


Why November 2019?

Blade Runner is set in November 2019, and Cyberpunk’s other seminal anime film AKIRA is also set in 2019. Due to the significance of these dates and the fact that there will be so much attention placed on the films during this month in 2019, it seems fitting that the place that influenced so much of the genre’s success should itself host a major international convention to mark the occasion.

PROGRAMME

The following events are an overview of the festival

Thursday 7th November

DAY ONE

13.00 Registration and welcome

16.00 Coaches to Wilton International

17.00 Coach Tour of Wilton International, Redcar (Chemical works inspiration for Blade Runner opening sequences/Hades Landscape)

18.15 Blade Runner Final Cut Outdoor Screening at Wilton International, Redcar

21.00 Coaches to Base Camp, Middlesbrough

22.00 Social event at Base Camp, Middlesbrough. Featuring Nixon (DIANE) + more TBC

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Friday 8th November

DAY TWO

10.00 Refreshments (ARC Centre Stockton-on-Tees)

10.30hrs Talk: Iain Souter: The Inhumanity of Man; Heroes and Villains; and Transcending Artificiality. (Iain Souter. Founder of the world’s largest Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 fans groups)

11.15 Talk 2: Ian Dunn: Cyberpunk and Blade Runner (Stockton’s very own Ian Dunn - pen-name Ian Wolf Anime and Manga critic)

12.00 Chaired panel/Q+A (with Jaime Prater, Shoulder of Orion Podcast, Worlds leading Blade Runner podcast)

12.30 Lunch break

13.30 Talk 3: Beth Singler: Mercerism, Religion and Gender (Dr Beth Singler Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Homerton College, and Associate Research Fellow, The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Cambridge University)

13.30 Special Katy Haber (Production Executive, Blade Runner), workshop with local school and college students.

14.30 Break/refreshments

15.00 Talk 4 Keynote (TBC!)

17.30 Stockton refreshments!

18.00 ‘How many electric sheep does it take to change a lightbulb?’ Written and performed by Scott Turnbull, a Teesside adaptation of Philip K Dick’s source novel. New commission funded by Stockton-on-Tees Council.

19.00 An Audience with screen legend Joanna Cassidy (Zhora Salome in Blade Runner) with Paul M. Sammon (author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner), ARC, Stockton-on-Tees

21.00 Cyberpunk Social event at Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees, featuring: SHACKLETON, The Rosen Corporation, The Invisible Presence Band, STEEL CITY COLLECTIVE (DJ Jonny Lazer and DJ LA Rock), + more TBC + new Teesside based artist AV commission funded by Stockton-on-Tees Council.

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Saturday 9th November

DAY THREE

10.00 Cyberpunk Market open (Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt, Fire Station, Court Room and Court Yard)

11.15 Stephen Wright, European School of Visual Art

12.00 Chaired Q+A with Beth Singler and Robin Bunce

12.30 Break for lunch and trip to Cyberpunk Market

13.30 John Byrne, Liverpool JMU (Court Room MTH)

14.00 Dr Benjamin Lamb, Teesside University

15.00 Katy Haber (Production Executive, Blade Runner) ‘In Conversation’ with Paul M. Sammon

16.00 Keynote by Paul M. Sammon followed by Q+A

17.00 Cyberpunk Market continues with expanded 'Make up' department

19.00 Cyberpunk Ball at Middlesbrough Town Hall, featuring:
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT, CLINIC, KINDRED LUFT FRONT, STEEL CITY COLLECTIVE (DJ Jonny Lazer and DJ LA Rock), plus premiere of Paul Sullivan’s ‘DEATH OF AN ANDROID’ performed by Joanna Cassidy with score by VESSEL

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Sunday 10th November

DAY FOUR

10.00 Coaches to Greens Beck Road, Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees from outside Holiday Inn, Middlesbrough

10.30 Talk by local historian at Greens Beck Road, Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees outside Ridley Scott's old house

10.45 Ridley Scott 'Boy and Bicycle' Re-enactment bike ride to Hartlepool (Town of Ridley Scott's former college)

12.30 Ceremonial procession Sound artwork whist cycling down Church Street and into Main Square, Hartlepool (New commission)

13.00 Screening of 'Boy and Bicycle' (Ridley Scott 1965) in Main Square, Hartlepool (in collaboration with the Northern Art School). Food concession in Church Square.

14.00 Coaches to Transporter Bridge

14.30 Sound artwork whilst crossing the Transporter Bridge

15.30 Screening of Blade Runner 2049 followed by Q+A with Dr Robin Bunce (Cambridge University. Author of Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy.)

20.00 BASE CAMP: Natalie Sharp/Lone Taxidermist and Nik Void performance with visuals by Dan Tombs

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PARTICIPANTS

Special Guests:

Joanna Cassidy

JOANNA CASSIDY

Joanna cassidy is an American actor. She is best known for her roles as the Nexus 6 replicant Zhora Salome in Ridley Scott’s classic 'Blade Runner' (1982), and Dolores in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (1988). She has won a Golden Globe award, was nominated for three Emmy awards and was also nominated for a Saturn award and Screen Actors Guild awards.

Cassidy has also starred in films such as 'Under Fire', 'The Fourth Protocol’, 'The Package', 'Where The Heart Is', 'Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead', 'Vampire In Brooklyn’, and 'Ghosts Of Mars’. From 2001 to 2005, she played Margaret Chenowith on the HBO drama series 'Six Feet Under'. From 2011 to 2013, she played Joan Hunt on the ABC series 'Body Of Proof'. Since 2015 she has played the role of Candace Von Weber on the Bravo scripted series 'Odd Mom Out'.

Joanna Cassidy

KATY HABER

Katy Haber’s career in the entertainment industry began in England working for Producer Ronald Kahn for five years. During which time she worked on PRUDENCE AND THE PILL starring David Niven and Deborah Kerr, directed by Ronald Neame, and MUMSY NANNY AND GIRLY directed by Freddie Francis, and stage production of THE MATCH GIRLS.

Haber then worked with Sam Peckinpah on STRAW DOGS (in Cornwall and Twickenham studios), and then went to the US working with Peckinpah on JUNIOR BONNER and THE GETAWAY (with Steve McQueen), PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID, BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA, KILLER ELITE, CROSS OF IRON and CONVOY.

She then joined Michael Deeley at EMI FILMS as Post Production Supervisor on Michael Cimino’s award winning THE DEER HUNTER.

In 1981, Michael Deeley and Haber produced BLADE RUNNER with Sir Ridley Scott. She then returned to EMI as Executive in Charge of Production on Paul Bartel’s NOT FOR PUBLICATION starring Nancy Allen, before becoming Production Co-ordinator on James Foley’s AT CLOSE RANGE starring Christopher Walken and Sean Penn. Haber was also Production Executive on Michael Cimino’s THE SICILIAN.

As Head of Development at Consolidated Television and Head of Creative Affairs at Island World Productions, Haber developed MOW’s and reality programming. She co-produced SAM PECKINPAH MAN OF IRON a documentary for BBC/A and E and also co-produced 2 documentaries for Channel 4 in London, one on STRAW DOGS and the other on the PINK PANTHER.  

Guest Speakers:

Joanna Cassidy

PAUL M. SAMMON

Paul M Sammon is an author, filmmaker, and Hollywood Insider. His many articles have appeared in THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, EMPIRE and THE AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER magazines. His dozen books include CONAN THE PHENOMENON (by Dark Horse Books), THE MAKING OF STARSHIP TROOPERS, and the ALIEN/ALIENS screenplay books.

However, Sammon’s best-known textual work is FUTURE NOIR: THE MAKING OF BLADE RUNNER. FUTURE NOIR has been in continuous print for 23 years, has appeared in three different printings, and was expanded in 2017 for the Revised/Updated Edition. Sammon was embedded on-set with BLADE RUNNER for 18 months; he is now considered the world authority on Ridley Scott’s ground-breaking SF masterpiece, while FUTURE NOIR has been acclaimed as one of the greatest of all “making of” books.

Additionally, Paul Sammon has worked on approximately 100 films and television programs. His job titles have included stints as a Studio Executive, Producer, Computer Graphics Supervisor, Unit Still Photographer, DVD Audio Commentator and actor. He co-produced the long-running Japanese TV series HELLO! MOVIES (1988-1992) and co-wrote the 1988 screenplay - in Moscow - for “Stereotypes”, the first jointly-made Russian/American animated film.

Sammon was also fortunate enough to work directly with Paul Verhoeven on ROBOCOP and STARSHIP TROOPERS, experiences informing his next book, which examines ROBO, TROOPERS and Verhoeven’s TOTAL RECALL.

Paul now lives on America’s East and West coasts.

JM PRATER

JM Prater is the founder and host of Shoulder of Orion: The Blade Runner Podcast. JM is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Studying film and video at Columbia College Chicago, JM has been a rabid fan of film and science fiction all of his life. A published author and filmmaker, JM started Shoulder of Orion out of a need for a voice in the niche fan community.

Personal website: www.designundertheskin.tumblr.com
Shoulder of Orion: www.bladerunnerpodcast.com
Perfect Organism: www.perfectorganism.com

DR BETH SINGLER

Dr Beth Singler is the Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at Homerton College, Cambridge.

In her anthropological research she explores popular conceptions of AI as well as its social, ethical, and religious implications. She has been published on AI apocalypticism, AI and religion, transhumanism, and digital ethnography. As a part of her public engagement work she has produced a series of short documentaries on AI and the first, Pain in the Machine, won the 2017 AHRC Best Research Film of the Year award.

Beth is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence.

Links – bvlsingler.com @BVLSingler on twitter

IAIN SOUTER

A former detective, Iain has known what it is to run the edge of that blade. 

Lured in by the richness of talent involved in the sci-fi props scene, he sought active discourse on the deeper secrets waiting to be unlocked within his favourite movie’s many incarnations. Finding little outlet for this need, Iain founded the Blade Runner Worldwide Fan Group, with the sequel spawning a sister - the Blade Runner 2049 Worldwide Fan Group - and other niche groups, relating to “the greatest science fiction movie ever made” (fact!).

Iain continues searching for the evidence of what it is that makes us human.

He likes to talk and to share.

DR ROBIN BUNCE

Robin Bunce is a historian of ideas based at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. He is the editor of Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy, he writes about political radicalism and is Cambridge University's expert on the Daleks.

IAN WOLF

Ian Wolf (one “I”, no “E” on the end), born Ian Dunn (one “I”, no “E” on the end), is a anime and manga critic, comedy review collector, and one of the few people to have come last on Mastermind twice.

Born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1986, Ian was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at a young age. While his first experience of Japanese animation (anime) was Pokemon, he truly got into it when he began a Media Studies degree at Teesside University in the mid-2000s. This passion for anime resulted in him becoming a review for the website Anime UK News, the manga (Japanese comic book) critic for all 71 issues of MyM Magazine (published 2012-18), and the editor of the TV and film website On The Box. He is currently carrying out his New Year’s Resolution of reading one volume of manga every day until his massive backlog of books is cleared.

Ian’s other main passion is comedy, working as the “Data Specialist” for the British Comedy Guide (comedy.co.uk). He is most noted for collecting all the comedy reviews from every comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2010, resulting in him winning the “Unsung Hero” award in the Ham Fist Prizes organised by the satirical magazine FringePig (the only person ever to be given this award). He also won less than 1% of an Edinburgh Comedy Award for taking part in Iraq Out and Loud, a 24-hour-a-day reading of the entire Chilcot Report from cover-to-cover. Other notable comedy achievements include being given an award in “Advanced Pedantry” by QI, for correcting Josh Widdicombe after he once named the wrong B-road wrong in a fact he gave.

STEPHEN WRIGHT

Stephen Wright is a farmer in the Corrèze, where he practises xeno-permaculture. He is director of the art research programme “Documents & Contemporary Art” at the European School of Visual Art, writing extensively on artistic practices on the 1:1 scale, questioning the conditions of possibility and usership of art forms which have deliberately withdrawn from the event horizon. 

Guest Artists:

Joanna Cassidy

BONEFACE

He came from another dimension, where others looked just like him. Boneface's secret Lair is now located somewhere in the wastelands of Liverpool. His works of evil have been shown around the world, including galleries in San Francisco and Sydney. His mad campaign to conquer the entire world is slowly coming together...

Described as 'slimed pop-art', boneface's work is jammed with the colour schemes of early 90's Marvel and 50's monster comics. Featuring superheroes and villains, leather clad ghoul's and skulls galore, boneface combines dark imagery with badass characters. Just don't ask what's underneath their masks.

Joanna Cassidy

SCOTT TURNBALL

How many Electric Sheep does it take to change a lightbulb?

Experimental work in progress
Written and performed by Scott Turnbull

When Total Reality becomes too much, take a step outside of it and prepare to be whacked around the face with an electric sheep. Scott Turnbull explores what it means to be human in Teesside 2049 with felt tip pens and an old overhead projector.

Get ready for dark comedy, existential musings and a Voight Kampff test or two.

“Teesside Surreal is A Thing. Scott Turnbull is its king” (Kirsten Luckins – North East Artist Development Review)

Teesside Cyberpunk Convention are proud to present this new commission by Scott Turnbull, current artist in Residence at the ARC. The commission is kindly funded by Stockton Council. Special thanks to all the team at ARC who have assisted in the production and hosting of the work.

Info on artist:
Scott Turnbull moved from Stockton-on-Tees to Liverpool to study acting at LIPA. He won the Connexions Young Adult Achiever Award in 2006 and his first job after graduating was a regular part in TV show Byker Grove.
He has since worked extensively in theatre at Northern Stage, Nottingham Playhouse, The Old Vic and Polka Theatre, as well as with companies such as Greyscale, Unlimited and Catherine Wheels.
In 2011, Scott won The Journal’s North East Actor of the Year for John Retallack’s adaptation of Apples and was also voted one to watch by The Observer. In 2013, he joined Greyscale and has toured all across the globe in their award-winning show Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone.
A couple of years ago, after inheriting his ex-girlfriend's overhead projector and learning to harness its incredible 80’s simplicity, Scott began creating sketches and comic strips that could be used in performance. With the help of ARC, Northern Stage and Greyscale, he created Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go? and his latest show Tales from The SMOG.
Scott's work isn't always inspired by Teesside but it certainly appears to be quite influential: "I'd like to a do a show about a zombie apocalypse in Teesside, or a version of the Blues Brothers with two siblings from Middlesbrough, or a comic story about a wrestler with spatulas for hands called The Stockton Grappler or Spatulacas".
Watch this space!

MUSIC

It can’t be a Cyberpunk Convention without nighttime action can it?

Taking the Taffy Lewis Bar as a start off point, we are putting together 3 nights of musical and AV experiences that will examine key Blade Runner/Cyberpunk themes, and the all important scores from Vangelis, Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch and beyond.

Some of the music and AV components will be directly evocative of the original films and scores and related cyberpunk material, whilst other works will reflect the contemporaneous 2019 world of experimental music and performance emanating from Teesside and the NE of England.

As some of the organisers of the convention are based in Liverpool, expect a number of Trans-Pennine Express (Trans-Cyberian Express) linkages.

Live Music:

Joanna Cassidy

ATARI TEENAGE RIOT

ATARI TEENAGE RIOT REPRESENTS THE MOST RADICAL AND DARK SIDE OF DIGITAL CULTURE.

ONE FOOT IN THE INTERNATIONAL HACKER SCENE, THE OTHER IN MUSIC…

Many big artists have embraced ATR for over two decades: from Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl to Björk to Trent Reznor to Rage Against The Machine to Steve
Aoki, and Skrillex.

When ATR’s leader Alec Empire created the group’s ‘Digital Hard-core’ sound in 1992 (!) in the Berlin techno underground, he combined the most powerful elements
of techno, punk, and hip hop and, subsequently, disrupted the music scenes on all continents for years to come.

The band has toured almost every part of the world; from South East Asia to South America to USA & Canada to Iceland to Mexico, and Israel.

Radio legend John Peel was the first in the 90s to push Alec Empire’s music in his weekly radio shows on the BBC and helped to establish it worldwide.

When The Beastie Boys released the Atari Teenage Riot album “Burn Berlin Burn!” in 1997, it reached gold status in the US and ATR started touring with Rage Against The Machine, Wu Tang Clan, Beck, Moby, Ministry, and Nine Inch Nails.

Atari Teenage Riot’s strength has always been their huge live show. The band creates a tremendous energy on stage that is not matched by any other electronic music act. They do it with an Atari 1040ST computer. They apply the hacker’s mindset to music. These extremes make ATR’s sound unique. They digitized the spirit of punk.

Joanna Cassidy

CLINIC

A Grammy nomination, high profile tours with the likes of The Flaming Lips, Super Furry Animals and Arcade Fire and a lot of reverence from notable artists, both established and emergent, over the years have seen Clinic flirt with the mainstream and be cemented into cult firmament alike, without ever really courting either acceptance directly.

Their craft, one that has always bloomed in isolation and seemed impervious to the fickle tide of trend or fad - remains both resolutely eclectic and acutely focused. The junkshop-trawling analogue fetishism of the warm, smokey instrumentation that gives their songs such a vividly placeable sense of mood and atmosphere; the surrealist bent of Blackburn's lyrics - so steeped in their own personal mythology - and the band's over-riding commitment to never straying into the realm of the obvious or complacent are all long-standing elements of Clinic's work that are furthered, perfected even, on their new album Wheeltappers and Shunters.

Joanna Cassidy

NIK COLK VOID

Nik Colk Void is an experimental electronic artist who is best known as one half of DFA signings Factory Floor, as one-third of Carter Tutti Void alongside Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle / Chris & Cosey) and one part NPVR with Peter Rehberg (Pita) founder of Editions Mego records.

Void’s interests lie in the development of unconventional encounters with her tool of choice - be it voice, guitar or modular synth - engaging in a new language using extended techniques and cut up sampling. Her execution of sound, united with her “demystification” approach unleashes a pragmatic imbalance allowing the creation of space for ‘mistakes’ paired with aleatoric composition. As a result, she blurs the lines of techno, ambient, avant-garde and noise into a new form.

The improvisational nature of both Factory Floor, Carter Tutti Void and her recent project with Peter Rehberg NPVR gives Nik Void the perfect platform to practice her challenging approach, delivering transformative interpretations of her studio recordings and not recreations.

Associated labels: Blast First, Blast First Petit, Mute, DFA, Optimo, Editions Mego, Industrial, Conspiracy International.
Publisher: BMG, Mute Song. 

Booking Agent: Naomi Palmer naomi@earth-agency.com
Joanna Cassidy

NATALIE SHARP (Lone Taxidermist)

Presents: BodyVice

BodyVice is a new project by Natalie Sharp (Lone Taxidermist)
“Your body is a sensory device, each sense can be manipulated / modulated and played like an instrument. You are both superhuman and human-synthesis. The layers of your anatomy come to represent a process or modulation of how you can be played.”

BodyVice takes biological and computational approach to sound art, investigating how chronic pain (experienced by the artist Natalie Sharp) can be communicated through hypermedia; combining the artforms of sound art, wearable and playable body sculptures, interactive video and performance. Natalie is working alongside sound artist Tara Pattenden aka Phantom Chips to create electronic micro controller body-instruments (skinstruments) and multi-instrumentalist , flautist Tida Bradshaw.

LONE TAXIDERMIST

Lone Taxidermist is the utterly bizarre and otherworldly ruptured activity generated by Cumbrian musician, costume maker, skin decorator, performer and natural provocateur Natalie Sharp. Her performances manifest icons and deities drawn from the corners of the (Post-)Internet, with Sharp herself embodying and channelling ‘cake-sitting’ and new dominatrix tactics– all wrapped in plastic and smeared in whipped cream. Her performances have been known to turn audiences members into exhibitionists– tales transpiring of sensorial acts of gender bending, food porn and squelchy mass ritual. Sharp effortlessly blends ‘instruments’ which come to hand– whether that be songwriting, multi-instrumentalism or mastery of non-standard instruments like musical saw and theremin, stagecraft, costumes, graphic art, video making, face paint, vocal technique, remixing and DJing.

Sharp has performed and created glorious and gory stage, costume and body concepts for Jenny Hval’s European tour, and worked live with Gazelle Twin as a performance artist and vocalist. Lone Taxidermist’s recent album Trifle– a synth-pop electro fusion threaded with Sharp’s distinct vocalisation– has been gaining ground due to Sharp’s driven approach described by The Quietus as “(a)n unholy amalgamation of Grace Jones, Ari Up and John Cooper Clarke, her vocal styles veer all over the place from stream of consciousness poetry in her Cambrian drawl to diva-esque wails and jarring harmonies”. Her new project BodyVice identifies with establishing interfaces between the human body and technology to create new sensory zones between performer and audience– and promises to be a mind boggling episode of industrial spandex and lactose noise.

Joanna Cassidy

SHACKLETON

One of the most influential and uncompromising figures in exploratory bass music culture, who with his recent work has become a genuine polymath.

Shackleton's singularly hypnotic, psychedelic and industrially-charged sound now permeates a catalogue of live band projects and collaborations, adding yet more stylistic breadth and weight to his storied repertoire.
From the bedrock of the pioneering Skull Disco imprint he established with Appleblim - promptly pulling the shutters after ten prime 12-inches in 2009 - and the seminal Fabric mix that followed shortly after, Shackleton has been zig-zagging in increasingly adventurous musical directions, using prolific output on Honest Jon's and his own Woe To The Septic Heart! label to hone a musical lexicon that has his customarily subtle serialist motifs, dazzling rhythmic tessellations and irrefutably dread, post-industrial low-end scored through its DNA...all in service to sonic atmospheres that only one hand could author.
"Shackleton's work sounds like ritual music from another dimension" - Resident Advisor
Having aligned himself with choice vocalists such as Anika and Ernesto Tomasini for recent album works, two exciting new live configurations will emerge in 2019, in parallel to Shackleton's ongoing and increasingly selective club show activity. More details in the offing soon.

"The work of an experimental composer more so than a dance producer...shares headspace with British masters of spleen like Nurse With Wound and Coil” Pitchfork
Void’s interests lie in the development of unconventional encounters with her tool of choice - be it voice, guitar or modular synth - engaging in a new language using extended techniques and cut up sampling. Her execution of sound, united with her “demystification” approach unleashes a pragmatic imbalance allowing the creation of space for ‘mistakes’ paired with aleatoric composition. As a result, she blurs the lines of techno, ambient, avant-garde and noise into a new form.

The improvisational nature of both Factory Floor, Carter Tutti Void and her recent project with Peter Rehberg NPVR gives Nik Void the perfect platform to practice her challenging approach, delivering transformative interpretations of her studio recordings and not recreations.

Associated labels: Blast First, Blast First Petit, Mute, DFA, Optimo, Editions Mego, Industrial, Conspiracy International.
Publisher: BMG, Mute Song. 

Joanna Cassidy

THE ROSEN CORPORATION

The Rosen Corporation is the brainchild of Peter Baldwin, a music producer and visual artist hailing from Swansea in South Wales. As an artist he was heavily inspired by the industrial landscape in and around Swansea, in particular the massive Steelworks site at Port Talbot with its gigantic cooling towers and multitude of interweaved pipes and harsh steel towers. This influence, along with a large appetite for classic Sci-fi cinema underpinned the creation of The Rosen Corporation in 2014.

Having already been releasing music as S. A Fred since 1998 (another Phillip K Dick inspired name), The Rosen Corporation was intended as a departure from the modern dance music influences and a return to a more classic “retro” electronic sound directly inspired by the sounds of the 70’s and 80’s. He grew up with this music, it inspired his art and also became the basis for his own explorations in electronic music.

Under various guises Peter’s music has featured on several compilations, he contributed a track entitled “Brehean” on the charity compilation “Touched 3” alongside artists such as Autechre, FSOL, Plaid, Bola, and 808 State. A bootleg remix he created of “Hallucinations” by Roy Budd from the film “Get Carter” was picked up by DJ Food in 2013. His track “Drum & Bass Intelligence” released on MP3.com in 1998 under the S. A Fred moniker, was downloaded over 100,000 times putting it at the top of the MP3.com chart for several weeks.

Now based in Hamburg, Peter releases music as The Rosen Corporation on Bandcamp and via the label Neu Harmony. He plays regular live sets with Martin Grafton (Arrantrax) as one part of the duo Discoteca 101 which is focused on underground 80’s dance music and Acid Electro. He has also collaborated with several other artists either creating remixes or new projects in thier own right, of note are Quadrant M4 (with Fourier Wave device), As By Eden (with Spectrum Shift), Open Sky (with ME). Between 2013-14 he contributed several 15 minute mashup mixes for the radio show Terminal Radio alongside NMesh, Loose Link, Off Land, Herd, and several others.

Joanna Cassidy

STEEL CITY COLLECTIVE

Steel City Collective are a group of DJs and music producers from Sheffield, delivering the finest synthwave events in the north of England. Specialising in Darksynth, Outrun, Cyberpunk and Electro, their club nights are a nostalgia driven imagining of decadent and post-apocalyptic technological futures. Resident DJs and founders L.A. Rock and Jonny Lazer will take you on a journey into a macabre underworld that will uncover your deepest darkest inhibitions.

Joanna Cassidy

THE INVISIBLE PRESENCE

The Invisible Presence is a project based off the unconventional and ground-breaking writings of Philip K. Dick, so at our core we strive to embody those characteristics ourselves. Though the main group of musicians involved may be considered by common standards as a band, we attempt to defy the traditional limits of ordinary musical collaboration.

We live and work as members of this project virtually, spanning the globe in residence from California to Norway, and use the “futuristic” technologies of the internet to collaborate and communicate. At the center of our focus is that the philosophies and stories of PKD are worth telling to both those familiar and unfamiliar, and have very important morals to learn from in an increasingly futuristic 21st century. 

Market Traders:

Joanna Cassidy

INTERSTELLAR COMICS

Middlesbrough's go to gaming venue with a real community feel. open late and offering space for all table top gamer's alike from card games to miniatures games, with a huge selection of back issue comics and graphic novels in stock, sandwiches snacks and drinks available it is truly somewhere where you can spend all day and not leave.

GET INVOLVED

MARKET TRADERS

Do you have any Blade Runner Merchandise?

Do you have any Blade Runner Art?

Do you have any old Blade Runner VHS?

Do you have any ideas for a stall at the Cyberpunk Street Level Market?

Visit the MARKET section for more details


'TALK, DON’T TALK’ FORUM SPACE

Do you want to talk about Teesside’s influence on Ridley Scott?

Do you have a story to tell about Blade Runner or Blade Runner 2049?

Do you want to talk about Philip K Dick?

Do you want to talk about Cyberpunk?

Do you want to talk about anything else?

Throughout the Saturday of the Convention, we are running the Cyberpunk Street Level Market in the incredible Crypt of the Middlesbrough Town Hall.

The market is open to both the public and delegates.

As part of the Market, we are designing an area called ‘TALK, DON’T TALK’, a forum space that will allow you (delegates and public alike) to give a short talk/presentation on a Blade Runner topic that is dear to you heart. 


HOW DOES IT WORK?

Simply turn up, speak to the 'TALK, DON’T TALK' FORUM SUPERVISOR and book a slot to talk/present.

The talks will be 15min max.

Your name, time and title of talk/presentation will be posted on a large display board at the entrance to the forum.

Anyone can take part.

This is a first come, first served programme so arrive early to get a slot.

There will be time for some questions after each talk/presentation.

How many Questions?

MARKET

CALL OUT FOR:

COMICS, GAMERS, TATTOO, MAKE UP, HAIR, ORIGAMI, POSTERS, FALCONRY, LOCAL PRODUCE, RECORDS, ART, CLOTHING, VINTAGE, ANALOGUE TECH, BOOKS, FORTUNE TELLERS, SNAKE CHARMERS, RIDLEY SCOTT + BLADE RUNNER MEMORABILIA, CYBERPUNK MEMORABILIA, FAKES, CONCEPTUAL ART, PERFORMANCE, SHAMANS, RELIGION SELLERS, NOODLES, LOCAL CRAFT BEERS, PARMO STAND.

Throughout the Saturday of the Convention, we are running the Cyberpunk Street Level Market from 10am - 10pm in the incredible Crypt Space of the Middlesbrough Town Hall.

We want to create a market that references the atmosphere of the Blade Runner and Cyberpunk street level markets.

The market is open to the public and delegates, and will overlap with the opening of the Cyberpunk Cosplay Ball, that will start at 8pm in the Main Hall of Middlesbrough Town Hall (above the crypt space).

Due to the fact that the Cyberpunk Cosplay Ball starts at 8pm, we want to offer the attendees the chance to get ready for the big night in the market, so will invite a range of hair, make-up and fashion stylists to set up stall to take care of your every need!

For further details on how to apply for a stall, please contact info@cyberpunkconvention.com and put MARKET as your subject.

VENUES

ACCESSIBILITY


All of our venues are accessible but some of our events our outdoors, such as the screening of Blade Runner at Wilton on the Thursday night, and the events at Stockton and Hartlepool on the Sunday, which include the ‘Boy and Bicycle’ re-enactment bike-ride and an outdoor screening of ‘Boy and Bicycle’ in Church Square, Hartlepool.

Our coaches are wheelchair accessible.

Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements or concerns and we will address them.

ACCOMMODATION

Holiday Inn, Middlesbrough
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Jury’s Inn, Middlesbrough 
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TRAVEL

Flights
Good news! Durham/Tees Valley Airport has daily KLM city-hopper flights to and from Amsterdam Schiphol so you can fly to the convention from anywhere in the world! The airport is a 20min taxi ride to all venues and hotels.
Other options are to fly to London, Manchester, Leeds, East Midlands, Glasgow or Edinburgh and travel from there.

Train/Bus
Check out train/bus routes online, all venues close to main stations/stops.

Car
Put location of hotel, talk, screening, or music event into your SatNav an go!

Walk/Bike
Yes please! Make sure you have warm clothing and See Through PVC coats and umbrellas (neon optional).

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