Karl Klomp – Sonic Acts Academy 2020 spatial media design
For Sonic Acts Academy 2020, Karl Klomp developed an extensive spatial media infrastructure for the festival's night programme at Paradiso. The work – an innovative spatial setup utilising various media – created an intense visual experience, complementing the presentations of performing artists and the progressive club environment. Klomp’s work explores themes of circuit bending, improvisation, glitching, and complex dynamics – fitting seamlessly with the themes of de-normalisation, empowerment, activism, re-imagination and speculative culture explored by the performing artists. The installation connects sound, light, visuals and space to create a heightened sensory experience; the essential visual and spatial components of the installation actively involve the audience with the performance and space. Whereas the visual experience is an often-overlooked element when considering the social impact of dance music and club spaces, in a subtle way, the installation assists in forming an environment in which the public feels included and aware of the potential of spatial, structural and social transformations.