The Industrial Revolution
The Industrial Revolution to the Digital Resolution
6th & 7th July 2007
Press Release INDUSTRIAL RESOLUTION
The world’s leading VJs and DJs will descend on Manchester to stage the Industrial Resolution - a
monumental visual arts installation commissioned by Manchester International Festival, performed live by
visual jockeys to the sets of an exclusive DJ line up.
Industrial Resolution will bring together visual artists from Microchunk, led by director Todd Graft, to
perform custom-designed, multi-media to the soundscape of the world’s leading DJs, including 2 Many DJs,
Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, Laurent Garnier, Layo, Pete Tong, Sasha, and many more.
The result will be interactive, spontaneous and build on the varying experiences of the audience’s perspective within the venue. By using mosaics – images within images and subplots within meta-themes –the VJs will focus on a series of issues relating to the industrial and digital revolutions including ecology,music, computation, politics and communication: a completely unique juxtaposition of Manchester’s history and future.
From its role as the ‘original modern city’, Manchester will once again lead the way by hosting this ultimate DJ line-up in tribute to the City’s club-land heritage, as host to the ultimate party under a backdrop of images tracing the change from industrial society through to the digital revolution in an environment symbolizing the convergence of both.
Todd Graft and his team are creating content at a higher than ever resolution, using unprecedented technology to project moving images at 8-times the resolution of High Definition on to a screen measuring over 40m wide.
• Visual and Creative Director: Todd Graft (Microchunk)
• Music Director: Layo Paskin (The End)
• Executive Producer: David Levy
DJS FRIDAY 6TH JULY 2007
• 2 Many DJs
• DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist present Brain Placement: 7 inches of fure
• Erol Alkan and Richard Norris present Beyond the Wizard’s sleeve
• Gilles Peterson
SATURDAY 7TH JULY
• Carl Cox
• David Morales
• Erol Alkan
• Fatboy Slim
• Frankie Knuckles
• Laurent Garnier
• Pete Tong
The conceptual journey is a quest to look at issues in the context of the global community, to pose questions that affect our society and begin to look for answers using the VJ artform and mosaic – a reclamation of the image which, in our present media climate, is the message.
The event will take place over two nights with different visual material and DJ line-ups, at the 10,000 capacity
Manchester Central (formerly known as the G-MEX Centre) – one of the city’s most iconic industrial buildings, in the centre of Manchester, the place the world has long held as the beating heart of the UK club scene.
“Industrial Resolution was conceived to pay homage to Manchester’s cultural and musical history, but also to look to the future to see how we can embrace the digital world,” comments Festival Director Alex Poots.
“This will be the ultimate club night for the original party city.”
Tickets are on sale to the general public on Friday 20th April at 10.00am.
MANCHESTER CENTRAL (FORMERLY G-MEX CENTRE)
The art of Mass Production - from one of the first mass produced tools of the Industrial Revolution, the Bobbin (cottin mill fame) makes it way along the production timeline to become the mobile phone - And then ends in the bin! The digital revolution or capitalism at its best....
A video installation supported musically by many of the worlds renowned DJ's. Todd Graft's concept was to reinvent the gateway to the "Industrial Revolution" (Central Station, Manchester) with iconography leading up to the "Digital Revolution". The screen was 48m wide, the largest single indoor video screen at the time and projection utilised 5 hippotizers and a spyder that softedged blended the synchronised outputs. The bespoke creative content was produced at a total of 5760 x 2160 resolution.
Xcerpt of live recording from our gig at Manchester International Festival 08 July 2007 at the Gmex. DJ Laurent Garnier, live VJing and content by microchunk artists. Resolution 5760 x 2160 - hardware Hippotizer HD. Largest screen evah !
This was another sequence for "Industrial Resolution". A video installation supported musically by many of the worlds renowned DJ's. Todd Graft's concept was to reinvent the gateway to the "Industrial Revolution" (Central Station, Manchester) with iconography leading up to the "Digital Revolution". The screen was 48m wide, the largest single indoor video screen at the time and projection utilised 5 hippotizers and a spyder that softedged blended the synchronised outputs. The bespoke creative content was produced at a total of 5760 x 2160 resolution.