Sonic Acts Festival 2013 – The Dark Universe

Starting points for the theme The Dark Universe were recent developments in science. These developments showed that our world is more unfamiliar and weirder than we imagine. We know that in all likelihood only 4 per cent of the universe is made of ordinary matter, while the other 96 per cent remains completely dark to us. Think of the recent discovery of the ‘missing’ Higgs boson or the realisation that time and space do not correctly represent reality as we have come to understand it since Newton. The Dark Universe celebrated the deeply rooted human desire to occupy ourselves with mysteries. The arts and sciences have always been at the core of our exploration of the unknown, the strange, and the unfamiliar. Artists and scientists repeatedly rethink reality and question the things we think we know. For The Dark Universe, Sonic Acts brought together scientists, artists, theorists, musicians and composers. They investigated how to make the invisible imaginable, taught us how to embrace the unknown, and guided us through the dark universe. The festival contained experiments with projections, sound generation and ‘expanded’ experiences to enhance the senses. This way, in a metaphorical sense, a work (of art) can function as an instrument to make dark matter visible and dark energy tangible. The fifteenth edition of Sonic Acts, titled The Dark Universe, took place from 21–24 February 2013 at several locations in Amsterdam. With The Dark Universe, Sonic Acts explored the boundaries of our knowledge. More... sonicacts.com/2013 Programme Guide Photos of Sonic Acts Festival 2013

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