Commission

World Premier: BANISTONICA


Premiere: 16 May 2017
Time 5-6pm
Ends: 18th June
Tickets: FREE
Sage Gateshead



We are delighted to invite you to the world premiere of Banistonica, a short design fiction film by Di Mainstone. Banistonica was commissioned by Thinking Digital Arts, part of Thinking Digital Conference.

Di Mainstone creates interactive installations that combine sculpture, music, dance, technology and film. Banistonica responds to the context of the Sage Gateshead and blends digital and biotechnologies with music, acoustics, movement and architecture to create a short, design fiction film.

Drawing from the building’s unique architecture, shape, systems, staff and visitors, the film highlights the venues’ bespoke, designed structures. Imagining these structures as vital organs which make up the mechanism of a giant musical instrument, Mainstone explores innovative ways to release the buildings voice, resonance and soul.

Di Mainstone


Di Mainstone creates interactive installations that combine sculpture, music, dance, technology and film. For Thinking Digital Arts, she will respond to the Sage Gateshead and blend digital and biotechnologies with music, acoustics, movement and architecture to create a design fiction film. Drawing from the building’s unique architecture, shape, systems, staff and visitors, the film will highlight its bespokely designed structures. Imagining these structures as vital organs which make up the mechanism of a giant musical instrument, she will explore ways to release the buildings voice, resonance and soul.

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Binaudios (2014), by Dominic WIlcox and James Rutherford

Binaudios is a device that enables the user to ‘listen’ to the sounds of the city.

In 2014, Thinking Digital Arts paired artist Dominic Wilcox and creative technologist James Rutherford together to collaborate on a new commission responding to the site of the Sage Gateshead, an iconic music venue, designed by Norrman Foster and associate architects, on the Gateshead quayside.

Taking tourist binoculars as inspiration, Binaudios can be pointed at over 50 different locations, seen out of the Sage Gateshead windows. Turn the giant listening cones toward the football stadium to hear the crowd chanting or to the Tyne Bridge to hear King George V’s speech when he opened the bridge in 1928. Point it toward the park to listen to sounds such as skateboarders and local tennis players.

As the Binaudios are rotated the stereo sounds move from one ear to the other creating a real feeling of listening to the city across the river.