5 Unmissable Acts @ MIRA 2018
MIRA Festival, held annually at Barcelona’s historic Fabra i Coats, is famed for the depth of variety it packs into its weekend schedule. Not content with simply throwing a right royal rave-up, you’ll be just as likely to find Lorenzo Senni blaring trance breakdowns in a GDR broadcasting hall, as you will experience sensory manipulation via cutting-edge tech, installations and conferences. Here we round up five unmissable performances ahead of this year’s edition starting November 8th.
The London-based video artist brings her stunning live show to Barcelona for the very first time. Characterised by the use of over-saturated colour and infinite loops, Natalia’s unique style has led her to work with luminaries and brands such as Throwing Shade, Stella McCartney and Nike. Here she’ll be performing live as Call Super closes the main stage on the Friday night – a special back-to-back without a doubt.
Razzmatazz w/ Objekt
The much-loved club space is hosting the official MIRA wrap party once again. We can’t think of anyone more suited to headline than Objekt, whose idiosyncratic selections and technical perfection match the festival’s boundary-pushing ethos to a T. A live set from leftfield house trio Mr TC, plus DJ sets from Shape’s Tutu, Omega III and DJohnston, round off what is set to be a fittingly-raucous finale.
You could say every artist that plays within the Fabra walls embodies the spirit of MIRA by default. But none take this quite so literally as Nick Verstand and Salvador Breed, aka Imaginary Limit. Here they’ll be presenting a truly one-off audiovisual installation created specifically using the architecture of the Sala Turquesa as a canvas. Expect eye-popping optical illusion, pinpoint laser light and mind-bending false perception.
Thursday’s opening concert will see a Spanish debut all the way from the more familiar climes of South London. Fresh from his Basic Volume album launch and Somerset House collaboration with Boiler Room, multi-disciplinary WARP signee GAIKA brings a high-energy, immersive A/V show to MIRA’s opening event – a guaranteed must see.
The Search for (Modern) Pleasure will reflect on the notion of hedonism and the connections it has to the digital, technological and artistic fields. The program includes ASMR speaker Claire Tolan. who’ll be presenting her new role-playing game The State of ShÜSh; artist Filip Custic hosting a Q&A digging in to the theme of technological hedonism; and the Keiken collective will be looking at the implications of our modern society in the digital era through an immersive performance.
For more information and tickets, visit the official MIRA Festival website.