Durham, N.C.–Moogfest unveiled the full schedule for its 2018 festival, including artist-led workshops and conversations, film screenings, the addition of IBM Watson Creative Director Jennifer Sukis to its keynote program, and the premiere of a traveling exhibit from artist Ralph Steadman featuring many never-before-seen works.
Keynote speaker Jennifer Sukis’s journey as a visual creative has progressed from branding to interfaces, and then apps to A.I. So, too, has her vision for how advancements in computing technology can solve long-standing problems in user design and experience. Her keynote will touch on how A.I. will influence human shifts into new creative frontiers and how we’re already tapping into the limitless creative applications waiting therein for mass usage.
As a companion to her keynote, IBM Watson Design Lead Maya C. Weinstein will lead two workshops on enhancing design applications through cognitive technology. Participants will work directly with A.I. modules currently being used to inspire art and music at the highest levels and use design thinking to conceptualize and collaborate on a specific project. No prior experience is necessary for participation.
The full schedule revealed today also includes over 200 workshops, masterclasses, and conversations along with this year’s film programming, among which are “Bight of the Twin,” Genesis P-Orridge’s exploration of the origins of voodoo in Benin; the Bedroom Community tour film “Everything Everywhere All the Time”; Gavin Rayna Russom’s experimental short, “No More White Presidents”; the Armen Ra biopic “When My Sorrow Died”; and more. All films will be accompanied by an artist conversation directly following the screening. The Moogfest 2018 local programming announcement also accompanies the schedule release. Durham collective and record label Raund Haus, along with dance music curators The Floor have assembled a full slate of performances from local producers and DJs, plus one very special guest to be revealed at the festival.
Additionally, Moogfest and United Therapeutics are excited to welcome the Ralph Steadman Art Collection’s exhibition of a selection of the renowned artist’s original works, Harmon-INK!, which will live within the annual Moog pop-up. Included in this exhibition are drawings and sketches from the filming of “Where the Buffalo Roam” and originals from the never-before-published “Rumble in the Jungle” series, companion pieces to Hunter S. Thompson’s ill-fated account of the epic clash between Mohamed Ali and George Foreman in Kinasha in 1974. One piece, in particular, was considered lost until it was discovered in the effects of Norman Scott this year and returned to the collection in time to be displayed for the first time ever at Moogfest 2018. To accompany the exhibit, Moogfest will be screening “For No Good Reason,” a documentary about Steadman introduced by the artist himself via Skype.
Harmon-INK! is made possible by the generous support of United Therapeutics, who are key sponsors of the Ralph Steadman Retrospective, scheduled to begin touring the U.S. this June.
Moogfest 2018 is presented by United Therapeutics, American Underground, and Moog Music Inc., with support from 21 Museum Hotel, Blizzard Lighting, and the Durham Convention Center.
For Moogfest ticket holders:
The reveal of the full schedule marks the announcement of the workshop sign-up schedule. As in previous years, the sign-up process will be determined by ticket type, broken down in detail below:
Engineer and VIP pass holders: Workshop sign-up begins this April 20 at 11 a.m. (ET) and ends April 23 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Each pass holder will be able to reserve their spot in two workshops during this period.
GA, Student, and Durham Local pass holders: Workshop sign-up begins Tuesday, April 24 at 11 a.m. (ET) and ends Thursday, April 26 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Each pass holder will be able to reserve their spot in two workshops during this period.
Starting Friday, April 27 at 11 a.m. (ET) onward, all ticket types can sign up for an unlimited number of workshops. Some workshops will reach capacity faster than others.
Engineering Workshop and Ticketing Details
Moogfest Engineer pass holders participate in an annual, two-day workshop where they build their own rare and unreleased synthesizers. This year, they’ll be the first to own the Sub-Harmonicon, “a semi-modular harmonic kaleidoscope that divides into itself until everything that is up becomes down,” inspired by the Trautonium, the Rhythmicon, and the Schillinger System.
Last year, participants built the DFAM, which went into full production earlier this year. Engineer Passes are available on an extremely limited basis for $1500 plus fees. General Admission and VIP passes are also available for $229 and $499 respectively, plus fees. Additionally, Moogfest and the Art of Cool Festival will be announcing a special collaboration for 2018. Details to be revealed soon.
Moogfest 2018 is presented by United Therapeutics, American Underground, and Moog Music Inc., with support from the County of Durham, Guitar Center, Lyft, Fidelity Investments, Reverb, Blizzard Lighting, Bull Durham Beer, and Izotope. For more information, visit moogfest.com.
Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art and technology. Since 2004, Moogfest has brought together artists, futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists and musicians. By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for four days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant-garde experimentalists of today.
All ticket types below are available for purchase now HERE.
Engineer Festival Pass (limited quantity) – $1,500
This two-day synth-building workshop, led by Moog engineers, invites a select group of enthusiasts to build their very own unreleased Moog analog synthesizer. The workshop is conducted in two, multi-hour sessions. No experience necessary, but basic soldering knowledge is recommended. Participants in the Engineering workshop also receive priority access to select festival venues, exclusive events and gift bag. Workshops are available via capacity-limited RSVP. Engineer Festival Pass holders receive first priority selection on a limited basis. Engineer Festival Passes available for a limited time, while supplies last. Scheduling of Engineer Workshops are prioritized by the order of purchase.
This pass grants you priority access to select festival venues, exclusive events and gift bag. Workshops are available via capacity-limited RSVP. Engineer and Moogerfooger festival pass holders receive workshop selection priority on a limited basis. Pre-Sale Moogerfooger festival passes available for a limited time, while supplies last.
The Moogerfooger VIP pass is the first step to getting the most out of Moogfest 2018. As a VIP or Engineer passholder, you’ll receive priority access and entry to private events throughout the festival. This year’s VIP experience will feature:
Private lounge with complimentary food & drink.
Skip-the-line access to select venues.
Early access for workshop sign up.
Exclusive gift bag.
All VIPs will have a personal concierge throughout the duration of the festival.
Private Events with Special Guests.
VIP Opening Party featuring DJ sets from Tommie Sunshine and Bonaventure.
Bedlam Vodka Happy Hours.
Daily brunch curated by Bagel Bar.
Festival Pass – Presale $199
This pass grants you access to all festival venues for performances and conference programming: conversations, workshops, and installations. Workshops are available via capacity-limited RSVP. Engineer and Moogerfooger festival pass holders receive workshop selection priority on a limited basis. Pre-Sale Festival Passes available for a limited time, while supplies last.
Payment plans are also available. Simply select ‘Monthly Payments with Affirm’ as your payment method during checkout. More details are available here.