The shadow world of clowns and faded glory of acrobats and exotic animals transferred into the 21st century scene of electronic arts. This year’s Transient Festival came into its finale as a dark circus of contemporary music producers and digital artists.
Transient Festival came back for its third edition. From November 2nd to November 5th, Paris music scene witnessed a succession of gigs, performances and exhibitions, promoting the electronic arts and the digital culture. Since the last year’s edition was packed with wonderful acts, the expectation were nowhere near low and, well, generously satisfied. The festival team, yet again, brought us a number of modular, IDM, ambient, and techno producers and DJs. The focus was both on the French scene as well as on international artists such as Xhin, Abdulla Rashim, Plaid, Luke Slater, Container, and Legowelt.
The atmosphere of the last Saturday was dense, a reflection of the long gone underground parties. The final night was held in the incredible space of Cabaret Sauvage, an old circus turned into a venue. Despite its limited capacity the Cabaret accommodated all the acts and exhibition with an elegant ease. Apart from the main stage in the middle of the circus ring, there was a space with many tents housing the respective parts of the exhibitions, lovely art commentators including, so that the pieces were open for discussion.
The only thing that we expected and lacked was a more profound incorporation of the audiovisual interplay be it mapping or VJs. In fact the stage was shrouded in darkness which, however, created an effect of its own. The atmosphere was wild and dancey, melodic and eclectic – the modern-day circus of electronic arts. Get a taste of the Parisian night below.
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