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Counterflows Reveals Plans For 2021 Virtual Edition
Christian Eede , February 9th, 2021 16:44

The annual Glasgow festival is going online all month long this April

Glasgow's Counterflows festival has announced the artist programme for its tenth edition, which will see the annual event go online for the first time.

Counterflows At Home will offer a temporary online space this April featuring new works by local and international artists working across sound, film, text, illustration and more. Hyperdub signee Nazar will present an exclusive audio work to complement a podcast exploring Angolan music and culture by British writer and commentator Edward George, while composer and musician Annea Lockwood will debut a specially commissioned sound piece dedicated to US composer Ruth Anderson.

Further programme highlights include Chinese musician and poet Yan Jun's It's ok if it's not ok, which is billed as "a text about noise and music discourse," and a filmed sound and movement piece by Indian classical music artist Nakul Krishnamurty and dancer/choreographer Nryitha Pillai, which will explore the Indian dance form Bharathanatyam in the context of contemporary electronic music and art. Glasgow is represented by newly commissioned pieces from musician and sound artist Helena Celle and Penultimate Press-affiliated duo Soft Tissue.

In a statement alongside the artist announcement, the festival's organisers said: "This year's Counterflows is a chance to stop, reflect, and enjoy what feels otherwise absent in our online cultural and musical landscape. Our own autonomous online space that gives artists a chance to disseminate their work beyond a Spotify, YouTube or Bandcamp 'play' link."

Counterflows At Home will be accessible for free via the festival's website from April 1 to 30, 2021.