(C3) FORMAT has announced its 2023 return including an incredible lineup featuring Alanis Morissette, LCD Soundsystem, Leon Bridges, Modest Mouse, Jamie XX, Tash Sultana, Big Wild, Little Simz, Bob Moses, Poolside, Channel Tres, Paul Cauthen and many more, along with unique performances, installations and art experiences from world-renowned artists including Guerrilla Girls, JR's Inside Out Project, Jeremy Deller, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed.
The otherworldly three-day celebration converging the most influential minds in art, tech and music will take place September 22-24, 2023, on the private Sugar Creek Airstrip in Bentonville, AR, in the heart of the Ozarks. The 2023 Presale begins Thursday, April 6 at 10 AM CT. Fans can sign up for a presale code to get first access to 3-Day and 1-Day Tickets at format-festival.com.
Located on 250 acres of forest-enclosed green land, just six minutes outside of downtown Bentonville, FORMAT will deliver a full-sensory experience. The festival will have two traditional live music stages, as well as several less conventional settings where musicians will perform, including The Cube, Drag Me To The Disco, Next Door | Nova Heat and Smokey's. Underground discos and stages tucked in the forest will accompany world class installations and artist commissions. In addition, FORMAT will be a haven for exploration, including an expanded Bizarre Bazaar (curated food vendors, retail, experience booths and more), along with experimental soundscapes, light shows, therapeutic workshops, and uniquely integrated technology activations.
This year's art program features free-standing and large-scale installations, artist-designed music venues, and a rotating video art program inside The Hangar. Highlights include:
Guerrilla Girls: I'm not a feminist but if I was - The anonymous female artist activist group will present a new large-scale installation that includes their iconic, interactive wall work, which exposes gender and ethnic bias and corruption in art, film, politics, and pop culture. To accompany the work and their onsite participation, Guerrilla Girls will host additional activations at partner venues the Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to spark conversation and raise awareness in the wider NW Arkansas region.
JR's Inside Out Project - JR's Inside Out Project, a global participatory art project which helps communities stand up for what they believe in and spark change, featuring black-and-white portraits of community members that will be plastered on the festival site.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed: Smokey's - Kameelah Janan Rasheed is a learner invested in Black storytelling technologies that compel audiences to consider ways of [un]learning. Rasheed will present a new commission for FORMAT's Smokey's venue, transforming the main late night forest oasis with her powerful imagery and words.
ISTANBUL'74's Flags for Future - Flags for Future is a sustainable art project featuring 30 limited-edition artist-designed flags created from upcycled plastic waste. Presented by ISTANBUL'74, a leading art platform known for organizing the IST International Arts and Culture Festival, and curating global exhibitions and public installations, this project supports earthquake relief in Turkey and Syria while raising awareness of plastic pollution. Participating artists include David Adjaye, Krista Kim, Robert Montgomery, and José Parlá. Flags for Future is realized in collaboration with Utopia.
serpentwithfeet: Heart of Brick - Brooklyn-based experimental musician Josiah Wise, known professionally as serpentwithfeet, conceived a live theatrical dance show choreographed by dancer Raja Feather Kelly and directed by filmmaker, artist, and performer Wu Tsang at the South of Oz stage on Sunday, September 24.
180 Studios Presents Ragnar Kjartansson x The National and Jon Rafman - London's creative epicenter 180 Studios presents two video works rotating daily inside The Hangar by Ragnar Kjartansson x The National and Jon Rafman. A Lot of Sorrow (2013-2014) is a video work of a live recording of a performance held at MoMA PS1 in 2013, in which Kjartansson invited The National to perform "Sorrow," a nearly four-minute ballad on repeat for six hours straight, uninterrupted. Jon Rafman's Minor Daemon: Volume 1 (2022) presents a computer-generated fever-dream universe, drawing on landscapes of online worlds to examine the relationship between technology and social consciousness.
The Modern Institute Presents Jeremy Deller - Jeremy Deller is a conceptual, video, and installation artist whose maverick approach as an "instigator of social interventions" utilizes historic events and archives as a resource, creating complex performative and participatory works. Presented in collaboration with Modern Institute, Everybody in the Place, An Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992 (2018) explores the socio-political history and contemporary legacy of the 'Second Summer of Love' featuring rare and unseen footage. Also on view, Deller and Nick Abraham's 2006 documentary, Our Hobby is Depeche Mode tells a story of resolute faith and devoted fandom; a bizarre, funny, sad and often touching reflection on how people intimately embrace and appropriate pop culture in their own lives. These works will be on view in The Hangar.
Atelier Sisu: Evanescent - Award winning Sydney-based Atelier Sisu is led by Peruvian sculptor and industrial designer Renzo B. Larriviere and architectural designer and artist Zara Pasfield. Evanescent is a larger-than-life bubble artwork standing at nearly 30 feet tall, inviting viewers to walk through the structures which are iridescent in the daylight and illuminated in darkness.
Danielle Hatch: Bar Installations & Live Performance - Local Arkansas artist Danielle Hatch will transform and dress FORMAT's onsite bars using colorful textiles that reference domestic interiors. In collaboration with composer Amos Cochran, Hatch will present ALL THE SOARINGS OF MY MIND BEGIN IN MY BLOOD, a performance piece that ritualizes and reconnects audiences to the physical and psychological journeys of female ancestors.
Returning artists include Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe's multi-room speakeasy venue, Next Door | Nova Heat; East African artist Uman's scrim design for The Cube; Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari's TOILETPAPER Magazine's Drag Me to the Disco barn; the Bizarre Bazaar, a maze of curated retail, food, and beverage vendors; Marinella Senatore's 700-foot-long light sculpture installation; and assume vivid astro focus's interactive sculptures.
Visuals and branding for the 2023 edition of FORMAT are created by San Francisco-based artist and award-winning creative director, Simon Parmeggiani. Under the artist name Neptunian Glitter Ball, Parmeggiani brings to life his uncanny valley storytelling side, building a surreal AI world that seamlessly blends with everyday life, infusing it with fun and unpredictability. Through meticulous engineering and granular attributes, Parmeggiani has achieved an unparalleled level of control over AI-generated outputs, offering a glimpse of what things could look like, in a slightly shifted, glitchy dimension.
3-Day General Admission, GA+, VIP and Platinum Tickets, as well as Hotel Packages, will go on sale Thursday, April 6 beginning with an SMS Presale at 10am CT at www.format-festival.com/tickets. Add more luxury and access to your experience with a premium festival ticket. GA+, a new ticket type in 2023, offers a private retreat with shaded seating and air-conditioned bathrooms. Elevate your festival weekend further with VIP, which includes additional amenities such as dedicated viewing at the two main music stages. Platinum offers the ultimate FORMAT experience with exclusive stage viewing, private lounge, all-day, all-inclusive dining and beverage service, exclusive merchandise gift and more. 1-Day Tickets will also be available for purchase during the SMS presale and public on-sale. More information about each ticket type and amenities included are available at www.format-festival.com. Vibee, FORMAT's exclusive VIP Hotel Experience partner, will provide packages including festival tickets, a private shuttle, four nights' stay at the art-centric 21C Museum Hotel, commemorative merchandise, plus a private welcome reception. In addition, FORMAT has expanded its robust shuttle system this year, adding shuttle locations in Fayetteville, Lowell and at the Momentary to provide easy transportation for patrons to and from the festival grounds.
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