Marking our collective shift after two years in the digital realm, Cluster is presenting work for a new era. For 2022 Cluster is changing. New and improved temperatures, partnerships and bold works in exciting places. Six pieces of public art, four live, interdisciplinary concerts and an appearance by the illusive RITUAL. This is a festival of reconnection and tangible interaction.

— Cluster co-directors Ashley Au & Eliot Britton

Cluster 2022 Events

touchgrass

digital sculptures, analog landscapes. a co-presentation with Polycoro

June 1–30, 2022
The Forks / St. Boniface Cathedral Grounds / Assiniboine Park / Assiniboine Forest / Upper Fort Garry

Get outside, touch grass and experience a vivid collection of Polycoro fueled augmented reality sculptures. Giant Bison Roaming the city? Ethereal, impossible topiaries resonate as you approach? These immersive works realized by Amy G. Brandon were conjured from the wild imaginings of a diverse cohort of composers. Mason Victoria, Haiying (Jace) Gao, Julian Beutel, Gordon Fitzell, Eliot Britton. Adrian C.N. Berry. These three dimensional, spatialized sound sculptures are accessible by mobile device and are projected into physical space. Walk, run, ride and listen to these imaginative additions to the Winnipeg cityscape.

Diametrics

verse & sound. A co-presentation with Contemporary Verse 2

Thursday, June 2, 2022
Doors/Show: 7:30/8:00pm
West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Avenue

Featuring newly commissioned works, readings and live musicians, DIAMETRICS sees artists from across disciplines build, dismantle and play. Composer and violist, Melody McKiver performing new works for viola and electronics based on a poem by Chimwemwe Undi. adrian c. n. berry and Jaime Black bring us a performance piece that blends verse, music, projection and textiles.

These performances will be joined by readings of bold new works from participants of Contemporary Verse 2’s BIPOC Writers Intensive.

This event is free to attend. All proceeds from Eventbrite and the door will go to support CV2's BIPOC Writers Workshops

Accessibility info: The WECC is wheelchair accessible. Proof of vaccination is required. Mask usage is required inside the venue. Video of the performances will be made accessible via on-demand viewing after video post production.

GOLD COVE ∈ RITUAL

Multimedia Installation | AI Collaboration

June 3–30, 2022
Performance June 10, 2022 | 8:30pm
Video Pool Media Arts Centre
100 Arthur Street

Gold Cove ∈ RITUAL is a multi-channel video installation featuring the latest audio-visual collaboration between AI entity RITUAL & art-pop performer Gold Cove. Blurring the disciplinary lines between music video production, ethnofiction, and cinematic storytelling, Gold Cove ∈ RITUAL is a glimpse into the future of cultural work through the eyes of surveillance capitalism. From whimsical visions of AI fueled desire to technicolor, this project presents a vibrant collage-based animation and rhythmic visual poetry constructed from videos found from deep within the Internet.

GOLD COVE ∈ RITUAL is co-presented by Cluster and Video Pool Media Arts Centre in their Poolside Gallery. This is a project by Adrian c.n. Berry

Accessibility info: The Artspace Building is wheelchair accessible. Proof of vaccination is required. Mask usage is strongly reccomended for indoor use. Documentation of this exhibit will be made accessible via on-demand viewing after video post production.

queer futures

golden hour delights | lush ballroom celebration

Friday, June 3, 2022
Doors/Show: 7:00/7:30pm
Winnipeg Art Gallery Rooftop
300 Memorial Blvd

queer futures transforms the Winnipeg Art Gallery rooftop into a lush, otherworldly landscape in where artist Heath V. Salazar’s alter ego, Gay Jesus, takes the stage.

THE ONE AND HOLY GAY JESUS is a drag king serving a mouth-watering communion of Latinx wine and non-binary bread. Born of virgin-ish loins and baptized in sex-appeal, he’s best known for his multidisciplinary protest pieces decked out in draglesque.

This performance will be followed by a rooftop ball hosted by Canada’s Drag Race winner, Priyanka. Presented with the support of Synonym Art Consultation, Downtown Winnipeg Biz and Pride Winnipeg.

Accessibility info: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Proof of vaccination is required for this event. Mask usage is strongly reccomended for moving in indoor spaces. Video of the performances by Gay Jesus, Kilusan, Purple Haze and Soleil Midowne will be made accessible via on-demand viewing after video post production. Portions of the ball footage may be made available, contingent on particpant consent.

resonance as memory

three figures in binary form

Friday, June 10, 2022
Early Set Doors/Show: 7:00/7:30pm
Late Set Doors/show: 9:00/9:30pm
The Output, Video Pool Media Arts Centre
100 Arthur Street

A deconstructed piano harp has been detuned to a pentatonic based on the natural harmonic series and used as a sympathetic resonator for instrumentalists Nathan Krahn and Gage Salnikowski of Savant Flaneur. The harp acts as a third ethereal voice played without physical touch--a discrete though contingent apparition of a final member in this work for trio.

The composition explores the physics of sound through mathematical relationships between sound waves. Resonance occurs most in unisons, but also shared partials in both overtones and undertones. Krahn and Salnikowski explore and experiment with these relationships using structured improv and short fluxus games.

Accessibility info: The Artspace Building is wheelchair accessible. Proof of vaccination is required. Mask usage is strongly reccomended for indoors. Video of the performances will be made accessible via on-demand viewing after video post production.

STATIC DUALITY

electronic beatscape adventures

Saturday, June 11, 2022
Doors/Show: 9:30/10:00pm
Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art
460 Portage Ave

Get drippy with internationally-acclaimed Toronto-based electronic music duo PHÉDRE . Their bass-heavy sets pay tribute to club, breakbeat, jungle and techno, bringing high-bpm rhythmic soundscapes, performed live using sequencers and synthesizers—a complete audio visual treatment for maximum euphoric vibe-action. This event curated by local tastemaker Brendan Grey brings us a rare offering connecting world class artists with local fringe treasures. Tell your friends, tell your lovers.



Accessibility info: Plug In ICA is wheelchair accessible. Proof of vaccination is required. Mask usage is strongly reccomended. Video of the performances will be made accessible via on-demand viewing after video post production.

SOUND BETTER: Next Gen. Audio Documentation

Eliot Britton
Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 4:30pm
Video Pool Media Arts Centre
100 Arthur Street

Artist Talk

Heath V. Salazar
Saturday, June 4, 2022, 2:30pm
Synonym
211 Pacific Avenue

Cluster 2022 Artists

Amy Brandon / Julian Beutel / Eliot Britton / Gordon Fitzell / Jace Gao / Melody KcKiver / Chimwemwe Undi / Jaime Black / Adrian C.N. Berry / Marisolle Negash / Nathan Krahn / Gay Jesus / Priyanka / Jen Funk / Savant Flaneur / PHÉDRE / … and more

Cluster is one of Winnipeg’s “most dynamic arts events”
(Winnipeg Free Press, 2015)

Presenting thought-provoking events and an annual core festival in Winnipeg, Cluster is a platform for artists to create, to experiment, and to collaborate. Cluster is propelled by strength found in numbers and the energy created by integrating diverse artistic communities – combining collective mentality with individual sensibility.

Past Festivals

Over its first eight festivals, Cluster has presented more than 250 artists from around the world, commissioning 13 large-scale artworks and over 60 smaller-scale artworks.

Past Photos

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Past Programs

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Who's Involved?

Cluster is made up of a collaborative co-directorate, supported by a board of directors and seasonal volunteers.

  • Ashley Au

    plays matchmaker with artists and audiences across a multiverse of disciplines through the lens of collaborative community building.

  • Eliot Britton

    focuses on technology and the integration of new media into music composition.

Board of Directors

Claire Boning • Daniel Britton • Gordon Fitzell • Carla Hernandez • Leigh Anne Parry

Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival is operated out of Treaty 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples as well as the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Contact us for more information

info@clusterfestival.com