Somerset House Studios

Nocturnal City: London-Barcelona feat. Ikonika, Siren DJs and more

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Full pass (panels, demos, installations and party) £15.00 valid from 16.00-00.30

Evening ticket (music performances only) £12.00 valid from 20.00 to 00.30

Talks only £10.00 valid from 16.00-20.00

New Wing

The second event in the Nocturnal City series explores the London – Barcelona interplay with an evening of panels, installations and music performances.

Home to one of Europe’s most vibrant club scenes, Barcelona is a city artists, DJs and producers from all over the world come to connect and to party. Sonar Festival has played an essential role in the development of electronic music, technology and artistic innovation. But the independent cultural scene is also growing, with Barcelona’s local creators exploring new territories and pushing the boundaries of alternative and experimental scenes.

This event looks at new spaces and platforms, connecting the two cities through innovation in their scenes, questioning how club culture could be made more inclusive, and how technological advances might help or hinder its evolution.

The line-up features DJs, artists and producers from both cities including DIY Space for London, academic madison moore, Georgia Taglietti (Sonar & Sonar+D and She Said So) and Joe Alexander (Boiler Room), Aleix Fernandez of Onionlab.
Ikonika presents a special AV set in collaboration with visual artist Mungo plus performances on the night by Siren DJs, and the UK premieres of Barcelona based Sunny Graves (live) and AWWZ. See full programme below.

Sunny Graves
Sunny Graves

Nocturnal City is a series of events running throughout 2017 exploring the state of nightlife and its influence. By connecting discussions in London with other world cities, the series explores how urban hubs and communities can learn from each other to create new cultural standards. From algorithmic dance parties to all-female techno collectives, the first virtual nightclubs to the queer club kids and their audacious fashion; a celebration of the scenes, the sounds and the first tube home.

Commissioned and produced by Somerset House Studios. Curated by Studios resident Estela Oliva.


16.00 doors open
Welcome by Somerset House Studios Director Marie McPartlin and programme intro by curator Estela Oliva.

16.30 – 19.30

Breaking down barriers, building new structures, demystifying club culture.

As spaces for artistic experimentation decrease in urban environments, where else can alternative and independent culture can thrive? How can new structures (i.e. DIY) and initiatives support and preserve artistic creation? And how can these new spaces contribute to making club culture more accessible and inclusive? This panel highlights the value of club culture as a necessary source of creativity and experimentation in the urban environment.

madison moore (LDN)
madison moore is a cultural critic, dj and performance-maker based in London and Berlin. His work touches pop culture, queer studies, nightlife, sound, media, visual culture and contemporary art, and blurs the lines between scholarship and artistic practice.

Panelists include:
Georgia Taglietti (BCN)
Head of Communications at Sonar & Sonar+D, Director of She Said So Barcelona.
At Sonar, Georgia is responsible for the creation, management and implementation of all international digital marketing programs and social media content. She is also Board Member and Mentor of the platform She Said So, a global network of women who work in the music industry.

Siren Collective (LDN)
SIREN is a London based collective formed in 2016. Their aim is to create a safe and immersive space for those who are underrepresented in dance music, whilst continuing to critique the electronic music scene as a whole. Members of the collective are DJs, producers, VJs, writers, graphic designers and fine artists.

DIY Space for London (LDN)
DIY Space for London is a cooperatively-run social centre located in South London. They offer low cost creative facilities, meeting rooms and social space as well as space for screenings, talks and performances.

Victor Hurtado (BCN)
Founder at Màgia Roja
Magia Roja is a pioneer utopian project born out of the Barcelona's dystopia, a cultural think tank and creative space located in the central district of Gràcia.

How will technology change the music and art experience?

With the development of new virtual spaces, the way we experience dance music and night activities might change. From virtual dancefloors to algorithmic DJs, new technologies including VR and 3D simulations have the potential to redefine the way we experience culture, connecting people from any location as well as challenging the notions of identity and experience.

Panelists include:
Joe Alexander (LDN)
Head of Film at Boiler Room.
Boiler Room is the biggest online music broadcaster in the world, reaching 160 million people in over 150 countries a month.

Aleix Fernandez (BCN)
Founder at OnionLab and digital artist.
Onion Lab is a Barcelona based studio for art, music and technology specialising in projection mapping, VR and audiovisual content for festivals, exhibitions and music.

Marija Bozinovska Jones
Artist and Somerset House Studios resident exploring precarious post-digital conditions. Marija’s work revolves around formation of identity within augmented technocapitalism. 

And more TBA.


Ikonika presents a special AV set in collaboration with visual artist Mungo taking viewers into the world of Ikonika’s new album Distractions recently released on Hyperdub. Mixed with 3D visuals and video inspired by art deco factories and illuminated, hi-tech signage of London’s roads the show reveals a futuristic fictional London.

Siren DJs (LDN)
SIREN is a London based collective formed in 2016. Their aim is to create a safe and immersive space for those who are underrepresented in dance music, whilst continuing to critique the electronic music scene as a whole. Members of the collective are DJs, producers, VJs, writers, graphic designers and fine artists.

SUNNY GRAVES (Live, London Premiere) (BCN)
Sunny Graves is the defining project of Barcelona-based British/Latin American electronic musician Simon Williams. Presently linked to the Disboot and Modern Obscure Music imprints, this unrelenting artist is currently performing in support of his second release as Sunny Graves – Erosion EP

AWWZ (London Premiere, BCN)
AWWZ is the project of Catalan producer Gemma. Awwz mixes beats, futuristic pop and R&B with translucent melodies, sensual vocals and slow and imaginative rhythms to become a major appeal of the Barcelona electronic scene. For Vice i-D, she perfectly embodies the new generation of young female producers who are revolutionising club culture in Spain.


Club Rothko VR
LaTurbo Avedon

(Virtual Club, prototype 2.0)
Studios virtual resident artist-avatar LaTurbo Avedon presents a new scene of their virtual nightclub Club Rothko, in which they have invited a guest DJ to perform in the virtual space.

The Virtual Dancefloor
Boiler Room & Google

(VR experience)
An immersive music virtual reality experience for Google Dream VR that takes users to a club in Berlin and includes live music by Berlin musicians FJAAK.

Sun Machine

(VR music video for Undo)
Onionlab propose an imaginary trip around five worlds, transporting the viewing to the depths of the singles music album Disconnect, by Catalan producer Undo.


Real Scenes: London
Resident Advisor.
Directed and edited by Patrick Nation (2017)
Real Scenes: London examines the challenges surrounding club closures, widespread police constraint on venues, the impending threats of gentrification and other challenges faced by London’s artists, promoters and venue owners.

With the support of Institut Ramon Llull