Tuesday 7 April 2009

Spectra 09 Mind Clash

Spectra 09 came to a fitting conclusion on Saturday night at the Octubre Centre for Contemporary Culture in Valencia with an appropriately cerebral triple bill comprising a subtitled screening of Craig Baldwin’s Mock Up on Mu, a reading from Welcome to Mars and a closing performance – ‘Cosmiconspiracy’ – by Italian masters of zero-gravity space thrash, My Cat Is An Alien.

The Octubre in-house sound system was a particularly good one, meaning that Simon James’s electronic soundtrack to Welcome to Mars drew a lot of admiring comments from the audience, and My Cat Is An Alien’s audio sparks and scintillations filled the room with minimal distortion. Edited highlights from the Spectra TV webcast of the event will be posted on YouTube in due course – watch out for further posts on this in the future.

Pictured above: KH addresses the audience at the start of his presentation, with simultaneous translation into Catalan; a moment from the Welcome to Mars reading; plus My Cat Is An Alien throwing down with a light sabre at the end of their amazing ‘Cosmiconspiracy’ set.

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