ABOUT BLUE DOT


 

Blue Dot is a Kitchener, Ontario based music and art gathering that has been happening since 2000. Blue Dots were born from a desire to have inspiring and unusual social events that encourage participants to feel wonder and engagement. They are designed to stimulate curiosity, belonging and intelligent play through the use of sculptural and interactive artwork, performance, and music. Themes that recur are: nature, human interaction with nature, time, space, technology, surprise, humour, and a deepening of social possibilities.

Blue Dots are intentionally welcoming spaces. Having the audience at ease encourages connection and a shared experience. The resonance of this continues after the event; it builds affinity and helps different thinkers and ideas come together in a playful way. Being inspired collectively builds community.

The music and art serve to support a meaningful experience. In past Blue Dots, one may have encountered large luminescent artworks, mirrors that don’t reverse your image, machines that make paintings, and tiny indoor forests with folk musicians. There are places to rest, places to talk, and places to dance to incredible underground music on a clean soundsystem. We care about visual, audio and social fidelity. We make space for us to feel an ecologically, socially and technologically balanced future –  a future that supports life and exploration.

 
 
If there is only one event in Kitchener-Waterloo that is worth going to it is beyond doubt Ian Newton’s all night art and music event Blue Dot. It takes the form of an all night dance party in a space transformed magically into an other-worldly dreamland by the suggestive power of art and music acting together. Blue Dot goes to the heart and archetype of what a festival is supposed to be — a Dionysian event that celebrates our short span on this blue dot that we call home by magically suspending time for one night.
— Tibra Ali, PSI Fellow at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Artists


Sebastian Mullaert aka Minilogue
[Hypercolour / Kontra-Musik / Sweden]

Soundcloud
Video: XLR8R: Interpretations

Patti Schmidt
[Mutek / Wheelie Houdini]

Mixlr
Soundcloud
Website

Mike Lambert
[Suma / Architextures]

Soundcloud

Leelee Mishi
[Cyclelogic]

Mixcloud
Soundcloud

Brendan Lawless
[Techgnosis]

Mixcloud

ben lodge
[darkwalkers]

Mixcloud

ZuM One
[Suma / ORP]

Soundcloud
Mixcloud

Hans Ohm
[Architextures]

Soundcloud

SafetyDept
[Spectrum, darkwalkers]

Mixcloud

Travis Kell

Soundcloud
Mixcloud

 

VISUALS


Peter Mettler

Website

Blaine Spiegel

Gorbet Design

Website

Ian James Newton

Mars Orlowska

Robert Dayton

Website

The Museum of Wonder

Victoria Kent

Ryan LongO

Website

Heather Tzy