I went to see Spacedog this week who were performing as part of Lovebytes 2012. Lovebytes is an arts organisation based in Sheffield,they show art that combines with technology and science, including exhibitions, installations, performances, participatory projects and workshops. The festival was established in 1994, and is the longest running event of its kind in the UK.
The night was by MegaDork - robotics, kinetic art, microcontrollers, interactive art, algorithmic music, net.art… The only real conditions are that it is a bit strange and involves electricity in some way.
Spacedog are a band of humans, robots and theremins… “Spacedog creates live music for theremin, vocals, saw, percussion and our famous uncanny musical robots. Our work reflects our obsessions with defunct machines, faded variety acts and the darkest English folk tales.”
Sarah and Jenny Angliss – Sarah plays the theremin, while Jenny sings.
They perform in a hauntingly beautiful way, sometimes you wonder whether you are watching a piece of performance art, a band or a science experiment gone awfully right. They perform alongside a number of robotics including a moving baby doll called Clara and a vintage ventriloquist dummy named Hugo that at times is voiced by Derren Brown.
I also saw a lecture by Patrick Tresset about his robot, Paul. Paul is a robotic arm attached to a camera that draws human faces.
You can find out more about Patrick, Spacedog and lots more awesome, interesting people through the Lovebytes website.
Spacedog’s album Juice for the Baby is available on Bandcamp.