Travelling Time exhibition

Fri 24 Feb - Sun 26 Feb

11:00 - 19:00

Nimk

Mon 27 Feb - Sun 15 Apr

11:00 - 17:00

Nimk

Exhibition

The exhibition at NIMk presents several installations, sound– and film works that explore different modalities of time. They seemingly halt the experience of time, deal with speed in the city, resist the sequential montage of classic cinema, or leave the visitor in suspension because action is continuously deferred. Immersive, pensive, scientifically precise or overwhelming, all these works tickle the brain and the senses.

Closing lecture Hillel Schwartz

Sunday 26 February

16:00 - 16:45

De Balie

Conference

Emergency The closing lecture by Hillel Schwartz is in the form of a series of rhymed sonnets.

Long Time

Saturday 25 February

19:30 - 20:15

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

Performance

The longest string instrument of the world will be installed in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. On Saturday night Ellen Fullman will perform on her Long String Instrument, in a duet with Okkyung Lee on cello.

Opening Travelling Time Exhibition

Thursday 23 February

16:00

Nimk

Exhibition

The exhibition officially opens at 16:30, and will include public interviews with three of the featured artists: Daïchi Saïto, Juliana Borinski and Julien Maire.

Lost in Time - Shutter Interface

Thursday 23 February

19:00 - 23:00

Paradiso, Small Hall

Friday 24 February

16:00 - 23:00

Paradiso, Small Hall

Saturday 25 February

16:00 - 23:00

Paradiso, Small Hall

Sunday 26 February

16:00 - 23:00

Paradiso, Small Hall

InstallationParadiso

In the hypnotic work Shutter Interface – recently restored by Greene Naftali and Anthology Film Archives to its long-unseen, four-screen version – a quartet of 16 mm projectors stand side by side, figure-like, on imposing pedestals facing a long wall. Four looped films of varying lengths are un-spooled and re-spooled in jewel-like swathes of colour interspersed with single black frames.

Opening Lecture George Dyson

Thursday 23 February

19:30 - 20:30

Paradiso, Main Hall

LectureParadiso

George Dyson (US) will kick off the festival with a keynote lecture about time in the digital universe: No Time is There: Why the Digital Universe is Different From Ours.

Beyond Time

Thursday 23 February

21:00 - 23:30

Paradiso, Main Hall

ParadisoPerformance

Bass frequencies abound on the opening evening of Sonic Acts. Beyond Time presents an audiovisual spectacle with dubstep, subsonic minimal techno and avant-garde electronica. Roly Porter and Emptyset use the echo and low frequencies associated with dub music to create a sonic space that dislocates our perception of time.

Noodlanding - Dreamtime

Thu 23 Feb

00:00 - 05:00

Paradiso, Main Hall

ParadisoPerformance

Noodlanding - Dreamtime with Youth Lagoon and Emptyset. Youth Lagoon (US) is twenty-two year old Trevor Powers (US). Intimate and dreamy electronic music. His debut album The Year of Hibernation came out in 2011. Hidden beneath the melodies is a voice that is eerie yet nostalgic.

Deep Time

Friday 24 February

20:00 - 23:00

Paradiso, Main Hall

ParadisoPerformance

On Friday, Sonic Acts pays homage to endless sound with a programme that includes music by the American composer Pauline Oliveros and her ideas about fine-tuning our perceptions by means of Deep Listening to enhance our experience of sound. A pioneer in electronic music, Oliveros’ participation in Sonic Acts in Amsterdam is part of her 80th birthday celebrations.

Disco 3000 Lightspeed: Model 500 (live) & Juan Atkins (DJ-set)

Fri 24 Feb

00:00

Paradiso, Main Hall

ParadisoPerformance

Paradiso’s Disco 3000 and Sonic Acts present a night with techno godfather Juan Atkins (US). In the 1980s Atkins was one of the driving forces behind the development of Detroit techno, a sound whose influence is still ubiquitous today. He will perform live under his famous Model 500 moniker and close the night with a DJ set.

Natural Time

Saturday 25 February

20:30 - 23:00

Paradiso, Main Hall

ParadisoPerformance

Natural Time is dedicated to biological rhythms, human speed, the cycles of stars and planets, the sounds that nature creates around us, and the natural time that human hands impose on musical instruments. Keith Fullerton Whitman composed Natural Rhythms for Sonic Acts and the Kontraste Festival. It sounds like free jazz in an electronic gaming arcade.

Post Time

Sunday 26 February

19:00 - 23:00

Paradiso, Main Hall

ParadisoPerformance

Music without time, music that seemingly disregards rhythm and timing, in which time simply passes. The five-hour evening Post Time includes compositions by Michael Pisaro, one of the most interesting American composers. Pisaro is a member of the Wandelweiser group whose compositions are usually sparing in their use of notes and extremely low in volume, leaving plenty of room for silence.

Infinite Sounds - Session 1

Friday 24 February

10:30 - 12:45

De Balie

Conference

How to approach time in sound? How to go beyond the conception of time as a simple sequence of events? Inhabiting sound, working with infinite sound… approaching the infinity of sound. A detailed discussion of the work and ideas of four very different composers / sound artists; Joel Ryan (US), Barbara Hammer (US), Pauline Oliveros (US) and Ellen Fullman (US).

Variantology - Session 2

Friday 24 February

14:00 - 16:30

De Balie

Conference

The second session on Friday is dedicated to Siegfried Zielinski’s Variantology research group. Variantology research seeks to move from reflections on the deep-time history of the arts and sciences to speculations that extend into the present. The work on deep time relations between arts, sciences, and technologies opens up a new perspective on both media and the arts via their interactions with scientific and technological processes.

Timing and Silence - Session 3

Saturday 25 February

10:30 - 12:45

De Balie

Conference

When the most radical ideas from physics, philosophy and technology are pushed to their limits, and when music is informed by these ideas, what is then the conception of time and timing in music we arrive at?

Composing with Process, Performing in Time - Session 4

Saturday 25 February

13:30 - 15:15

De Balie

Conference

Programming allows for a different approach to time in music composition. Practical and theoretical aspects of composing with process, generative sound and image, building systems for music, and performing live with such systems, will be thoroughly dissected in this panel.

Colour Music Recollections

Friday 24 February

17:00 - 18:30

De Balie

film

A programme with films that relate in different ways to historical performance practices of colour music. It includes the gorgeous documentation of a performance by Charles Dockum on his 'Mobilcolor' instrument, the first recreation of Oskar Fischinger's multi-projector shows and a rare screening of documentation of the 1968 recreation by Kurt Schwerdtfeger of the very first light experiments at the Bauhaus.

Histories of Time and Technology - Session 5

Saturday 25 February

16:00 - 17:45

De Balie

Conference

Human perspectives on time have not always been the same. Since the advent of Modernity and the introduction of new technologies – first mechanical, later electronic – we have come to celebrate speed, innovation and ‘the new’. In this panel two researchers will investigate the myth of the new, the culture of speed and stress, and explore new approaches to the history of culture and technology.

Time in Cinema - Session 7

Sun 26 Feb - Mon 14 Mar

14:00 - 15:45

De Balie

Conference

Jean-Luc Godard famously stated that ‘[p]hotography is truth. The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second’. But cinema has long proven that this is not necessarily a definite truth. Indeed, film constantly works with time, rhythm and rearranging our perceptions of time. This session delves into the possibilities of different cinematic times.

Extreme Experiences of Time and No Time - Session 6

Sunday 26 February

10:30 - 12:30

De Balie

Conference

Is the perception of time variable? And if so what happens to time if we are subjected to extreme circumstances. Will it cease to exist? Does it become an illusion? A discussion and analysis of such circumstances – environmental or musical.

Reminiscence

Sunday 26 February

17:00 - 17:50

De Balie

film

Film frames competing to find a place in the viewers long term memory in an extremely slow development constituting a dense image reminiscence.

No Time

Friday 24 February

17:00 - 18:30

SMART Project Space

Saturday 25 February

17:00 - 18:30

SMART Project Space

Sunday 26 February

17:00 - 18:30

SMART Project Space

Performance

Immerse yourself in a subtle drone, which after a while opens the portal to a different space, with Catherine Christer Hennix + The Choras(s)an Time-Court Mirage. Hennix’s post-minimal drones elaborate on La Monte Young’s concepts and attempt to halt our experience of time. The Choras(s)an Time-Court Mirage will play three concerts, which are meticulously adapted for the performance space. The group gathers a week in advance to prepare and develop the composition. All the musicians are at the forefront of contemporary music, exploring micro-tonality, just intonation and the space of sound.

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