Moogfest Announces Livestream, Female & Non-Binary Talent

Moogfest, the art and technology festival named after synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog, today made its first talent announcement for its May 17-20 2018 Durham, N.C, event, with a ​lineup​ ​led​ ​by female,​ ​non-binary,​ ​and​ ​transgender​ ​artists and ​a​ ​keynote​ ​conversation​ ​with privacy​ ​rights​​​ ​activist​ ​Chelsea​ ​Manning​.

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Some of the artists participating at the ​festival’s​ ​nighttime​ ​program​ ​are​ ​LCD​ ​Soundsystem​ ​synth experimentalist​ ​Gavin​ ​Rayna​ ​Russom,​ ​gender-​ambiguous​ ​theremin​ ​virtuoso​ ​Armen​ ​Ra, Kuwaiti​ ​conceptual​ ​artist​ ​Fatima​ ​Al​ ​Qadiri,​ ​Afrofuturist​ ​DJ​ ​Maliibu​ ​Mitch,​ ​hyperkinetic pop​ ​maven​ ​SOPHIE,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​debut​ ​of​ ​revered​ ​Japanese​ ​multi-instrumentalist​ ​Midori Takada.​

​These​ ​artists​ ​will participate​ ​in​ ​”Future​ ​Sound​ “​performances​ ​by​ ​night​ ​complemented​ ​by​ ​the​ ​same​ ​artists leading​ ​Future​ ​Thought​ ​workshops,​ ​and​ ​conversations​ ​by​ ​day.

The announcement includes “Always​ ​On,”​ ​a​ ​50-hour​ ​livestream presented​ ​in​ ​partnership​ ​with​ ​Tom​ ​Tom​ ​Magazine​ ​from​ ​Today​ ​at​ ​12:00​ ​pm​ ​ET​ ​to 2:00 p.m.​ ​ET​ ​​Dec.​ ​8. It can be viewed for free at ​

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Manning’s​ ​keynote​ ​conversation​ on “The Future of Creativity” ​will​ “​explore​ ​how​ ​technology​ ​enables​ ​radical disruption​ ​in​ ​the​ ​personal​ ​and​ ​political​ ​spheres,​ ​framing​ ​the​ ​technological​ ​future​ ​as​ ​a new​ ​creative​ ​landscape,” according to the announcement. ​Since​ ​its​ ​introduction​ ​in​ ​2014,​ ​​past​ ​Moogfest​ ​keynote​ ​speakers​ ​include:​ ​transhumanist Dr.​ ​Martine​ ​Rothblatt,​ ​VR​ ​pioneer​ ​Jaron​ ​Lanier,​ ​Dr.​ ​Kate​ ​Shaw​ ​from​ ​the​ ​CERN​ ​Large Hadron​ ​Collider,​ ​Harvard’s​ ​Dr.​ ​Joe​ ​Davis,​ ​and​ ​philosopher​ ​Nick​ ​Bostrum.

​The​ ​“Always​ ​On”​ ​celebration​ ​will continue​ ​at​ ​the​ ​festival​ ​in​ ​May,​ ​with​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​artists​ ​participating​ ​in​ ​the​ ​livestream also​ ​participating​ ​at​ ​the​ ​festival​ ​including​ ​Goddess​ ​of​ ​“electronic​ ​psychedelic​ ​soul” Sassy​ ​Black,​ ​Discwoman’s​ ​middle​ ​eastern​ ​dance​ ​experimentalist​ ​DJ​ ​Haram,​ ​percussive activist​ ​Madame​ ​Gandhi,​ ​avant​ ​pop​ ​sound​ ​sculptor​ ​Katie​ ​Gately,​ ​multi-instrumentalist provocateur​ ​Stud1nt,​ ​and​ ​former​ ​Au​ ​Revoir​ ​Simone​ ​hypnotic​ ​synth​ ​master​ ​Annie​ ​Hart.

Many​ ​of​ ​​these​ ​performances​ ​will​ ​be​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​free​ ​and​ ​open-to-the-public​ ​programming throughout​ ​the​ ​festival​ ​weekend.

More lineup announcements are expected in the coming months. Last year’s event featured Flying Lotus, Michael Stipe, Animal Collective, Talib Kweli, Gotye and many others May 18-21.