Excursion: Vertical Studies in Sint Jansklooster
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Vertical Studies: Acoustic shadows and boundary reflections. by Signe Lidén and Espen Sommer Eide In this new collaborative work by Eide and Lidén, participants are invited on a journey to a 46 meter high former water tower in Sint Jansklooster. The tower has been re-imagined as a vertical field-lab where the artists will introduce their ongoing investigations into connections between sound, history, wind and weather. For this purpose they have constructed a range of special instruments for the recording and playback of sounds in the vertical dimension. The participants on this journey, will experience both live vertical studies outdoors and inside the towers spiral staircase, as a ascending vertical soundscape shaped by Eide and Lidén. BUY TICKETS In their collaborations, Lidén and Eide investigate how sound is shaped by and resonates in various environments. Their previous work, the critically acclaimed 2016 performance Altitude and History was staged in the hills above Nikel, Russia, as part of the Dark Ecology journey. Leading the audience on a performative field trip, they delved into the connections between wind and sound at various altitudes and its connections vertically to layers of local history. Sound movement through the atmosphere is affected by the wind profile, the open landscape and the winter temperatures, which can bend the wave front, causing sounds to be heard where they normally would not, or vice versa, creating acoustic shadows. Building upon this archive of altitudinal sounds from Nikel and other areas visited by the artists, they are now working on a new model of verticality. As an imaginative figure the artists experiment with sorting their archive of sounds by height. From the bottom of the oceans, to the planetary boundary layer with land formations and weather shaping the sounds, up through the clouds to the outer atmosphere. Signe Lidén is an artist based in Amsterdam and Bergen. Her installations and performances explore man-made landscapes and their resonance. She is interested in how places resonate; in memory and matter, through narratives and as ideological manifestations. Her installations are often a combination of sound recordings from specific places and sculptural objects, where the material of the objects becomes ‘speakers’. Her work ranges from sound installations and performance to more documentary forms such as sound essays and archives. She has made works for Dark Ecology, Center for PostNatural History, VOLT, Resonance Sound Art Network, Hordaland Art Center, Kunsthall Oslo and Ny Musikk, Touch Radio, and Interferenze New Arts Festival among others. Espen Sommer Eide is a musician and artist based in Bergen. With his music projects Phonophani and Alog, he has composed and performed a series of experimental electronic works. As an artist his works investigates subjects ranging from the linguistic, the historical and archival to the invention of new scientific and musical instruments for performative fieldwork. His works has been exhibited and performed at Bergen Kunsthall, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Manifesta Biennial, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Stedelijk Museum, GRM, De Halle Haarlem, Bergen Assembly, Sonic Acts, Mutek, Performa and more. Commissioned by Sonic Acts & Dark Ecology. Practical information & Tickets For this excursion we have arranged buses that will drive us to the water tower in Sint Jansklooster (1,5 hour drive). There are a limited amount of seats available, so be quick if you don't want to miss this exciting trip. Buses will leave from Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. Tickets are €12,50 (limited amount of tickets are available). Sonic Acts Festival passe-partout holders can reserve their space free of charge by sending an mail to info[at]sonicacts[dot]com. Excursion 1 February (12:00) 11:45 meet up at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1 12:00 bus leaves to Sint Jansklooster 14:00 performance by Signe Lidén and Espen Sommer Eide 17:00 back in Amsterdam Excursion 23 February (12:00) 11:45 meet up at Paradiso, Weteringschans 6-8 12:00 bus leaves to Sint Jansklooster 14:00 performance by Signe Lidén and Espen Sommer Eide 17:00 back in Amsterdam Excursion 23 February (14:00) 13:45 meet up at Paradiso, Weteringschans 6-8 14:00 bus leaves to Sint Jansklooster 16:00 performance by Signe Lidén and Espen Sommer Eide 19:00 back in Amsterdam Address Sint Jansklooster Bezoekerscentrum de Wieden, Beulakerpad 14, 8326 AH St. Jansklooster BUY TICKETS The installation in the water tower is open for the public during visitors hours on 4, 11, 18 and 25 February. For more information see
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