AV impressions of Sonic Acts Academy 2020 now online
AYA at Sonic Acts Academy 2020, Paradiso. Photo by Pieter Kers.
Nabil Ahmed at Sonic Acts Academy 2020, De Brakke Grond. Photo by Pieter Kers.
Roly Porter + MFO at Sonic Acts Academy 2020, Paradiso. Photo by Pieter Kers.
Toril Johannessen at Sonic Acts Academy 2020, De Brakke Grond. Photo by Pieter Kers.
Maika Garnica at Sonic Acts Academy 2020, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo by Pieter Kers.
Anja Kanngieser at Sonic Acts Academy 2020, De Brakke Grond. Photo by Pieter Kers.
Sonic Acts Academy 2020 took place from 21 to 23 February in Amsterdam – a three-day festival at the intersection of innovative audio-visual and performative art and critical thinking, motivated by changes in the ecological, political, technological and social landscape. For an impression of the Academy, complete photo documentation of the festival is now online at the Sonic Acts Flickr and Facebook pages.
Look back on a complete collection of festival highlights and performances or browse through the daily photo recaps.
• Day 1 – Friday 21 February
• Day 2 – Saturday 22 February
• Day 3 – Sunday 23 FebruaryWatch the Sonic Acts Academy 2020 aftermovie
The Academy transformed the spaces of partnering institutions – Paradiso, De Brakke Grond, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and OT301 – into a thought-provoking live showcase with three evenings offer a rich programme of live cinema, experimental concerts and progressive club nights, alongside a two-day conference.
Sonic Acts Academy 2020 recap video
A particular highlight of the night programme, Progress Bar showcased a growing community of artists who occupy clubs to empower through sound. Moving fluidly between rave and reggaeton, breakcore and ballroom, this special edition of the monthly club night featured energetic hybrid performances, game demonstrations and live audiovisual premieres by some of club music’s most defiant voices permeating all corners of Paradiso.
Progress Bar at Sonic Acts Academy 2020 recap video
At OT301, Sonic Acts turned up the volume with a restless club programme of experimental electronics, generative sequencing and brutal rhythms. This adventurous programme is a dark reminder of the quivering extents where dance music lingers with chaos and disorder. A new wave of turbulent sonic explorers, rhythm analysts and improvisers present us with fragmented narratives and abstract impressions of technology that redefine the limits of dance music.
Spin Cycles at Sonic Acts Academy 2020 recap video
Interested in what else you might have missed? More recap videos of the performances and videos of the complete conference programme will be published in the coming weeks on our Youtube and Vimeo channels. Want to be notified when they’re online? Subscribe to our channels or our monthly newsletter.