We are pleased to invite you to the launch of our new publication, The Noise of Being, on Saturday 4 November 2017 at Paradiso Noord (Tolhuistuin) in Amsterdam.
The Noise of Being book launch. Design by The Rodina
The Noise of Being
attempts to piece together the dissonance that was produced and gathered at the 2017 Sonic Acts Festival. The festival focused on a theme that resonates deeply when thinking about the contemporary – namely, what it means to be human, to be part of a world that is an ever changing network. Many different ‘noises’ were featured and produced at the festival conference, in the clubs, museums, and cinemas. This book is by no means a definite conclusion: more of a reminder and a chance to continue speculating about the strange and anxious state of being.
The Rodina presenting The Noise of Being at Stedelijk Book Club. Photo courtesy of Stedelijk
Lucas van der Velden presenting The Noise of Being at Stedelijk Book Club. Photo courtesy of Stedelijk
The book opens with Nina Power’s essay Anticapitalism, Postcapitalism, Decapitalism
, a reflection on ways of visualising opposition to capitalism; and Juha van 't Zelfde interviews the Dutch duo Metahaven about their artistic practices in graphic design and film. Both Nina Power
will be present at the book launch, along with the book's designers, The Rodina
, to give three separate presentations about their work.
The Noise of Being
features contributions by Arie Altena
, Ingrid Burrington
, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
, Rick Dolphijn
, Jennifer Gabrys
, Louis Henderson
, Jamon Van Den Hoek
, Joey Holder
, Rosa Menkman
, Nina Power
, The Rodina
, Daniel Rourke
, Lucas van der Velden
, Eyal Weizman
, Ytasha Womack
, and Juha van ’t Zelfde
Jennifer Gabrys is interviewed about sensor technologies and changing conceptualisations of the environment, political agency, the human, and the citizen. Referencing Arthur Rimbaud and Derek Walcott, Louis Henderson’s poetic text presents his animistic materialist cinematic practice, which focuses on the critical reading of colonial histories. In her interview, Ytasha Womack discusses how Afrofuturism, as an aesthetic and epistemology, facilitates different ways of navigating the world. Daniel Rourke’s essay takes John Carpenter’s The Thing as a starting point for a reflection on the ontology of things. Rick Dolphijn’s study, The Cracks of the Contemporary – The Wound
, explicates living the wounds and the void.
In the context of computational biology and the Google Genomics project, artist Joey Holder invented a speculative pharmaceutical company Ophiux. Networked algorithms, big data, and habituation on the internet are the focus of a conversation with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun. In another interview, Eyal Weizman vigorously explains the political interventions of Forensic Architecture and how they gather and present facts. In By Any Lens Necessary
, Jamon Van Den Hoek examines how satellite images provide and create accounts of geopolitical conflicts. Ingrid Burrington’s contribution, Forever Noon on a Cloudless Day
, analyses Google Earth imagery for traces of military architecture. Juha van ’t Zelfde interviews the Dutch duo Metahaven about their artistic practices in graphic design and film. The book concludes with a series of photographs that provide an impression of The Noise of Being
You can order The Noise of Being
at the Sonic Acts webshop
or purchase it at the official book launch for the special introductory price.
Date: Saturday 4 November 2017
Venue: Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin Amsterdam
Times: 20:30–22:30 (doors open 20:00)
We expect a full house, so please come early.
The Noise of Being BOOK from The Rodina on Vimeo.
After the book launch you are warmly invited to stay for Progress Bar
. The launch of The Noise of Being
sets in motion a new season of Progress Bar – a club night that itself engages with the challenges facing society and club culture under capitalism. Now in its third season, Progress Bar has developed into a platform for leading speakers on a range of urgent topics, while featuring a genre-spanning line-up of international DJs and live performers, whose work straddles the intersection between nightlife and socio-political activism.
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