Access Space has supported the growth of Live Coding into an international phenomena since hosting the first ever live coding festival in Sheffield back in 2007. Since then we’ve organised and hosted dozens of live coding events including algoraves, tidal club meetings and hands-on workshops. With a similarly active scene in Leeds, Yorkshire has become known as an international centre for live coding. Organisations like SONA and YSWN have helped grow a rich and diverse scene, and Yorkshire-grown free/open source technologies Foxdot and TidalCycles are now used all round the world.
Over the past few years there has also been a fast growing scene in Tokyo, with Renick Bell being a major agitator, with algoraves growing in popularity over there and several artists developing a unique approach to audio/visual performance. So, we’re really happy to be partnering with Renick on a cultural exchange generously funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.
This project builds on an Arts Council England/British Council Artist International Development Fund award given to TidalCycles instigator (and our Research Director) Alex McLean to connect with TidalCycles users in Tokyo. It will support three live coders+organisers travelling in both directions, with performance events happening in both cities. More information and dates to follow!