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New Forms Symposium presented with CURRENT

New Forms Festival

Saturday, 30 September 2017 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

New Forms Symposium presented with CURRENT

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Type End Quantity
Keynote, Presentations, Panels   more info 30 Sep 2017 Free  
Workshop: Live electronic music gear demonstration (Minimal Violence, Raica) [priority for PoC, women / non-binary folks]   more info 30 Sep 2017 Free  
Workshop: Introduction to modular synthesis with the Mother 32 (Felisha Ledesma) [priority for PoC, women / non-binary folks]   more info 30 Sep 2017 Free  

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A public and free symposium presented by New Forms Festival, CURRENT and the Western Front 

New Forms Media Society, CURRENT and the Western Front are excited to welcome you for an afternoon of panels, workshops and exchanges in the historical Luxe Hall and Edam space at the Western Front.

As a new addition to the festival, this symposium is an effort to foster a better understanding of identity, diversity, inclusive rhetoric and politics, as well as the creation of venues, programming and spaces that are safer, more welcoming, and inclusive.

This event is public and free for all ages.

We would like to thank our presenting sponsor Creative BC and the Industry Initiatives fund for their help.

++++ Speakers, Panelists and Workshop Facilitators ++++

Cindy Li (Work in Progress) - Toronto, CAN

Electric Indigo (female:pressure) - Vienna, AUS

Felisha Ledesma (S1) - Portland, USA

Frankie Hutchinson (Discwoman) - NYC, USA

Intersessions (Shanique Kelly, Innès Chefi, Veron Xio) - Vancouver, CAN

Jelissa Classics (Classics Agency) - Vancouver, CAN

Jen Sung - Vancouver, CAN

Josh Rose (Selectors' Records, Sacred Sound Club) - Vancouver, CAN

Juliana Huxtable (SHOCK VALUE, House of Ladosha) - NYC, USA

Katayoon Yousefbigloo - Vancouver, CAN

Marisa Olson (Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture) - NYC, USA / Van, CAN

Minimal Violence (Lobster Theremin, Genero) - Vancouver, CAN

Mutya Macatumpag (findmutya) - Vancouver, CAN

Nazlie Najafi (Elastic Collective) - Vancouver, CAN

Patti Schmidt (MUTEK Montréal) - Montreal, CAN

Raica (Further Records) - Seattle, USA

Sammy Chien (Chimerik 似不像) - Vancouver, CAN

Stacey Forrester (Good Night Out) - Vancouver, CAN

++++ Full Program ++++

--- LUXE HALL: Keynote, Presentations, Panels ---

Registration encouraged but not required. 

(See tickets for registration)


Digital Strategies & PR for artists

With Jelissa Classics


KEYNOTE: In conversation - Juliana Huxtable and Frankie Hutchinson


Working towards safer spaces in electronic music culture

Moderated by Jen Sung

With Cindy Li, Katayoon Yousefbigloo, and Stacey Forrester


Shifting narratives in the electronic art & music industry: social change through curation and reclaiming space in the global underground

Moderated by Mutya Macatumpag

With Electric Indigo, Marisa Olson, Nazlie Najafi, Patti Schmidt, and Sammy Chien

--- EDAM: Workshops ---

Registration required

[priority for PoC, women / non-binary folks]


Live electronic music gear demonstration - with Minimal Violence and Raica [priority for PoC, women / non-binary folks]

(See tickets for registration)


Intersessions DJ Workshop - with Intersessions  [priority for PoC, women / non-binary folks]

(Register at


Introduction to Modular Synthesis with the Mother 32 - with Felisha Ledesma [priority for PoC, women / non-binary folks]

(See tickets for registration)


ASL interpretation has been secured for this event. 
The Luxe Hall is located on top of stairs; assistance will be available if needed.
There will be one wheelchair-accessible bathroom at the entrance of the Western Front, and another one on the first floor. Both bathrooms are gender-neutral.


Organized by:

Alexandra Chen (New Forms Media Society)

Ashlee Luk (CURRENT)

Cecilia Corsano-Leopizzi (TUF, Seattle)

Nancy Lee (CURRENT)

Soledad Munoz (CURRENT)


Have questions about New Forms Symposium presented with CURRENT? Contact New Forms Festival

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When & Where

Western Front Society
303 8 AVE E
Vancouver, BC V5T 1S1

Saturday, 30 September 2017 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

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New Forms Festival

New Forms Media Society is a non-profit society and media arts organization founded in 2000 that nurtures and connects local and international artists, thinkers, practitioners, and the public through the annual New Forms Festival. The NFF is part of a larger, international, media and electronic music festival movement, which explores the ever-changing and evolving world of art, while creating a platform for artistic growth. The society wishes to make new media art, music, film, technology-based installation and performance accessible to a wider audience.

We would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council Council for the Arts, Creative BC, Arts Presentation Canada, The Province of British Columbia, and The City of Vancouver. 

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.

We also want to thank past funders: The Lochmaddy Foundation, The Hamber Foundation, The French Consulate of Vancouver and The Koerner Foundation.

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