The Circle Virtual Club: alternative distractions from quarantine!

On Monday night, Algo:ritmi presented The Circle Virtual Club with live performances by Enea Le Fons, electronic project Alienated Entity and live coders Olbos and Nesso. While staying safe at home, people could ‘escape’ quarantine as an avatar to be part of this interactive event in live stream.

Algo:ritmi is a new project promoting audio-visual interdisciplinary meetings to explore the intersection between programming languages and art with live performances, interactive installations and electronic music sets. On the edge of institutional settings, the project is a space to explore the potential of coding practices through a creative and educational lens. Following the radical restrictions and change of habits to fight this current global emergency, Algo:ritmi opens an online space where to meet and discover new creative languages in between art and coding. Meeting every two weeks, musicians, live coders and DJs will come together to The Circle exploring new ways of presenting cultural events during this messy time.

Curated by Karin Gavassa, The Circle is a virtual club in which you can virtually participate enjoying live performances while safely staying at home. Login in, you could choose an avatar to interact not only with your friends and other people, but also actively explore the virtual environment. Once inside, you could wander around the virtual building, adding objects – like a huge Corinavirus or digital burgers – and taking pictures and virtual selfie, while enjoying music performance and lively discussion.

The virtual room was created on the online platform UXR.zone, which allows people across the world to create a virtual space and interact as avatars in real-time. Spin-off of the #30daysinVR challenge, UXR.zone is a platform to connect and decentralise social VR communication from different digital devices. Free from users tracking and advertisement, the platform was developed in 2018 by cybernaut and artist Enea Le Fons, who opened the first night with a VR Holographic Dj set. Right after, followed the electronic project from Paraguay Alienated Entity.

The first online session ended with two artists based in Rome, both active in the Live Coding and Algorave scene. Olbos presented Vortex_004, a live coding performance exploring the interaction between web textures, statistical variations and rhythms. Visual artist and sound designer Nesso closed the first night with Lamba Madness, improvising with sounds and visuals creating a system in continuous evolution.

As an avatar, anyone can be anonymous and participate from all over the world. Promoting a decentralised and privacy-focused approach to Virtual Presence, The Circle is an alternative space to freely interact with your friends and socialise with people from different places. During this unpredictable COVID-19 emergency, virtual clubbing becomes an alternative way to keep the connection with others while exploring new forms of art with programming languages. While social isolation is the only way to slow down this sanitary emergency, technology is not only an invisible bridge to stay connected to the rest of the world, but also an opportunity to explore the boundaries between art and coding.

In these times of uncertainty and change, live coding becomes a precious example to think of alternative ways to transform our daily habits playing with the creative potential of digital devices. Rather than a tool for efficiency and control, live coding explores computational logic as a space of encounter and exploration of something that is already deeply entangled with our daily habits, but that can still tell us something new.

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