Submerge
Festival

Bristol (UK)

International festival of digital arts and electronic music


Festival Review: Bristol 24/7

November 23, 2016 - by Mike Pony


Bristol 24/7 provide high-quality, independent news and features in the southwest. Adam Quarshie and Jodie Guichard came along to Submerge Festival to review events Dive, Into The Deep and Ghosts.

Ghosts

“It feels almost sacrilegious to watch it in a church, as the idea of a divine precedent for the human form is thoroughly skewered. It’s a thrilling and disturbing experience, like witnessing a demonic possession, a lewd and often funny wail of confusion about what it means to inhabit a human body.”

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Into The Deep

“The effect is ethereal and strangely meditative, almost like watching giant fireflies dance against the wall of a cave. It seemed to me to encapsulate the territory Submerge is trying to navigate: between experimental music, performance art and audio-visual installation, straddling terrains both familiar and thoroughly alien.”

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Dive

“Before we knew it the experience was over. Everyone in the room was completely enthralled and there was even a standing ovation. As we reached back into reality it was as though every individual had experienced their own short-lived epiphany.”

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Image by Paul Blakemore

Book Tickets

“The light drummed against his brain, bathing the submerged levels below his consciousness, carrying him downwards into warm pellucid depths, where the nominal realities of time and space ceased to exist.” - J.G. Ballard, The Drowned World