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June 10, 2021

TEK Heads to Byron Bay Arts and Technology Festival

The Electronic Konvergence (TEK) is a 10-day digital arts and technology festival spectacular. The event hits venues across the Northern Rivers from June 14-23 , 2013.

A window into the creative possibilities of the digital age, TEK brings together Aussie and international artists for a conference, workshops and showcases events designed to inspire and enlighten both the initiated and the curious.

Funded by Arts NSW Regional Partnerships, the festival is collaboration between Byron Bay cultural hub Kulchajam, Lismore’s Serpentine Gallery, Ukitopia Arts Collective in Uki and dLux Media Arts in Sydney.

The program kicks off with an opening night audiovisual show on Friday, June 14, followed by several days of digital art workshops designed to help artists grow their digital skills and electronic arts practice.

TEK culminates in ‘The Konvergence’, an event culminating in 12 hours of light, sound, art and technology at the Byron Sport & Cultural Complex on Thursday, June 20.

The Complex’s giant hall will be transformed into TEK Village, complete with music, immersive visuals and projections, performances, speakers, panels, stalls and installations.

Live digital drawing by Kellie O'Dempsey
Above: Live digital drawing by Kellie O’Dempsey.

TEK’s line-up of digital luminaries includes music producer Spoonbill & VJ Dropbear, motion sensor masters Ethno Tekh, sideshow celebrity The Space Cowboy, inventor Ric Richardson, live painters and animators Kellie O’Dempsey & Michael Dick, and electronic comedian Joel Salom with Erik the Robotic Dog.

Spoonbill Dropbear
Above: Aussie Audio Visual Duo Spoonbill & Dropbear.

tek byron bay original artWorkshops and installations will feature virtual reality maestro Dr.Andrew Burrell, video mash-up masters Soda_Jerk, and interactive choreographers Renata Sheppard & David A. Shamma, amongst others.

There will be experts from the International Symposium on Electronic Art, researchers from Southern Cross University, plus a host of local and visiting thinkers will discuss the future of technology.

The highlight of the kids’ program is an interactive scavenger hunt led by media star Dirtgirl. There’s also live music recording with Earth Guardians Australia and a hands-on vintage tech museum by Southern Cross University.

TEK then heads to the mountain village of Uki on Friday, June 21 for a GLOdance. This is followed by a series of interactive visual performances during Lismore’s Lantern Parade on Saturday, June 22 and then there will be a weeklong installation at Lismore’s Serpentine Gallery.

“Our aim is to evolve into THE premier digital arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere over the next few years,” said Nikki Cunningham, a 15-year veteran of international festivals and TEK’s co-producer.

Festival tickets $40/$30 concession, free for kids under 15, for more info checkout www.tekstar.tv.

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