Unfortunately, reality has caught up with us much more quickly than anticipated for Sonic Acts Festival 2022. Despite our hopes and plans to adapt the festival programme to the evolving situation, the current government restrictions make this impossible for the coming period. We have therefore decided to cancel the festival in February.
In the new year we will be working on rescheduling festival activities to a later date, while establishing new ways to showcase artists and their work. Until then, we are happy to share with you below some of the artistic developments that have materialised over the past year and that will continue into the next.
For now, we wish you a healthy and brighter 2022.
Stay safe and take care!
Looking back over 2021...
In 2021 we released two issues of this new periodic magazine about art in the age of pollution. Our first issue presented artistic perspectives on mining, microplastics and more, featuring Anika Schwarzlose, Brian D. McKenna, Sissel Marie Tonn, MELT, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Devin Hentz, Angela Chan, Ameneh Solati, Arjuna Neuman, Sarah Kanouse, Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou, Carson Fisk-Vittori and Rosa Whiteley.
Issue 2 is now available to pre-order, exploring topics from 'zombie clothes' to 'botanical torture chambers', with contributions by Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou, Lisa van Casand, Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner, Devin Hentz, Ameneh Solati, Russell Haswell and Hugo Esquinca, Angeliki Diakrousi, and Yara Said.
Table of contents from Ecoes 2
Excerpt from All Thoughts Fly by Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner, featured in Ecoes 2.
All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film
This book by Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner presents a narrative assemblage of prose and image, investigating the curious presence of taxonomies of monsters at the heart of Early Modern European science. The word ‘monster’, comes from the Latin ‘monstrare’, meaning ‘to show’, ‘to demonstrate’, ‘to reveal’. Picking up on this etymology, the authors explore monsters as prisms for modes of seeing and deciphering the natural world, with the book extending a multimedia project the authors began with their film A Demonstration (2020). It is still available to order.
EVENTS & ONLINE TRANSMISSIONSNight Air
Night Air is a series of events and online transmissions investigating pollution and its effects by bringing forth the various side-effects of modernity. Over 2021 we hosted online events with discussions of smog, soil and radioactive and water pollution, featuring curation, works and talks by Amy Balkin, Timothy K Choy, Meng Han, Harshavardhan Bhat, Dorsey Kaufmann, Felicity Mangan, Kunal Palawat, Martin Howse, Red Brut, Filipa César, Florence Lazar, Ameneh Solati, Merve Bedir, Menna Agha, Moad Musbahi, Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou, Agnès Villette, Jason Waite, Whitespace, Bruce Conner, Sandra Lahire, and Inas Halabi. Watch two recent iterations Soil Samples and Nuclear Unknowns.
In November, we were able to present the latest iteration in the Night Air series with a live event at OT301 considering the materiality of sound as a powerful means of resistance and control. The event featured works and talks by Elena Cohen, María Edurne Zuazu, Yann Leguay, Noise Diva, whiterose, N/pantla by Paula Montecinos & Pedro Matias, and films by Aura Satz. Look back at the event.
RESIDENCIES & MENTORSHIPSOverexposed
This home-based residency programme first presented research and work by Ameneh Solati, Angela Chan, Arjuna Neuman, Devin Hentz, and Maryam Monalisa Gharavi. A second round recently introducedMELT, Emilija Škarnulytė, Lucky Dragons, and pantea. Listen to the Overexposed Podcast in collaboration with Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, in which residents discuss artefacts that have moved their practice in a lasting way. We look forward to sharing news from our most recent residents in the new year.
This online mentorship and training programme supports artists at the beginning of their careers. Also known as Noise Diva, Yara Said transcends preconceptions and blurs the lines of art through mediums such as video, sound, painting, performance, installations, writing, DJing and music production. Angeliki Diakrousi, meanwhile, is a Rotterdam-based researcher and artist whose work examines the politics of public realms through the lens of art, architecture and technology. Read interviews with Yara Said and Angeliki Diakrousi, both also featured in each issue of Ecoes.
Portrait of Angeliki Diakrousi, courtesy of the artist
Portrait of Yara Said. Photo by Freja Wewer and William Becker.
COMMISSIONSLong-throw explorations with Anthea Caddy
This long-term research project is by artist and cellist Anthea Caddy. Following previous iterations including a performance at the Stedelijk during Sonic Acts Academy 2020, Caddy continues to experiment with projected sound energy, harnessing the power of parabolic speakers to interrogate the physicality of environments. Watch her discussion of ongoing spatial sound installations presented at various outdoor locations.
Plastic HyperseaSissel Marie Tonn created this interactive audio walk around a speculative world at Amsterdam's NDSM Wharf. Originally centred around an installation of custom boat sails and ceramic sculptures, the walk speculates on a possible future for the field of immunology in which it has merged with the field of Environmental Health. Watch an introduction to the work or listen to the audio walk here.
Cadáver Exquisito Caleidoscópico en Cuatro Ejes
This binaural audio release by Hugo Esquinca & Russell Haswell incorporates the game of ‘exquisite corpse’ – a technique of collective assembly in which the artists took turns adding to the piece after receiving only a portion of what the other had previously contributed. The release is available to download for free.