Venus Ex Machina & Xtrux
Venus Ex Machina is the composition and production alias of Nontokozo F. Sihwa. She has contributed her attuned skill of sound and music to a range of projects spanning releases on labels such as AD93 NON Worldwide and Optimo Music, as well as applying it to outstanding installations exhibited all over the world. In 2021, she won the PRS Foundation Oram Award for innovation in music and sound technologies. Trained as a mathematician, she brings both a boundless curiosity and exacting precision to her work. Venus Ex Machina draws on her interest in futurism, posthumanism, and the phenomenology of radio-related communication, all of which inspire her otherworldly and distinctive music. At L.E.V. Matadero, she will be accompanied by the audiovisual work of the Taiwanese multimedia art laboratory Xtrux, specialising in 3D animation and club culture, whose creative practice explores the interaction between the virtual world, digital identity and Taiwanese folk beliefs.