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Alexander Whitley in new collaboration with Beatrice Dillon at new UK media arts festival

Headlining York Mediale 2018 is cyberfeminist research organisation Deep Lab alongside choreographer Whitley and producer Dillon's collaborative project Strange Stranger

A 10 day celebration of exhibitions, installations, live performances, dance and music will take place between 27 September and 6 October in the UK UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts, York.

The programme is set to include the world premiere of interactive performance installation Strange Stranger. A collaboration between the Alexander Whitley Dance Company, London based composer Beatrice Dillon, Italian creative technologist Luca Biada and Dutch duo Children Of The Light, the work will investigate states of presence in the information age, and the divide between space and place. Another performance work by Whitley, 8 Minutes, will feature a score by electroacoustic musician Daniel Wohl and an installation from visual artist Tal Rosner.

York Mediale will also host the first ever UK chapter of Deep Lab, which will bring together cyberfeminist researchers, academics, artists and engineers in two residential workshops led by Deep Lab founder members Addie Wagenknecht and Maral Pourkazemi. In addition, BBC R&D and Digital Creativity Labs at The University of York will explore new technologies in broadcasting, York based collective SLAP perform throughout the city, and local project Inspired Youth are working with filmmaker Kev Curran and York based hiphop artist Kritikal Powers on a project titled The One Percent, which involves 10 young adults who have recently left care in a spoken word performance.

Various call outs have also been announced, including one for adults who have recently left care, are aged between 16 and 25 and want to be involved in The One Percent, and another for UK based participants to get involved in Deep Lab.

York Mediale will take place between 27 September–6 October. A full list of events can be found on their website.