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The tenth edition of the Kontraste festival Dark As Light took place from 10 to 13 October 2013 in and around Krems, Austria with a compelling programme of cutting-edge films, unconventional concerts, installations, an illustrated lecture, and a publication. Presented in a thematic, historical and interdisciplinary context. Kontraste 2013 was curated by Sonic Acts. sonicacts.com/kontraste/2013
Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag: raum-Arbeiten – The Space of Sound and Acoustic Architectures (Sonic Acts XIII, 2010)
In 1993 I realized, on an IRCAM Workstation, together with programmer Jörg Spix, the first endlessly rising and falling movements in noise to create a paradoxical situation of perception by a simulated volume movement in the space. The main problem of talking about the acoustic space is, that what we call hearing happens in our brain and not only with the ears, with the space of our body too, and also combined with all the other senses. Sonntag will talk about the theoretical background and the development of his raum-Arbeiten and sonic architectures.
Jacob Kirkegaard: Sabulation (Sonic Acts XIII, 2010)
Kirkegaard's "Sabulation" was part of "Acoustic Spaces", a more than four-hour-long programme devoted to various approaches to soundscape composition. It featured works produced by several generations of composers and musicians – from acoustic ecology to extreme field recordings.
Dark Ecology Interview Tim Morton
RESEARCH SERIES #6 During the first Dark Ecology journey, which took place from 9 to 12 October 2014, a group of artists, researchers and theorists travelled the border zone between Norway and Russia. On the last day we sat down with Timothy Morton, author of amongst others The Ecological Thought and Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World.
Acousmonium: Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Sonic Acts XII, 2008)
German electronic music legend Hans-Joachim Roedelius (AT) has been active in music for over thirty years. Over his prolific career, Roedelius’ musical output has covered a great deal of sonic territory and emotional range: from deeply introspective to very rhythmic, from experimental improvisations to heart-felt vignettes.
GIL, Know V.A., Zaïre Krieger and more confirmed for Progress Bar on 20 March
After Sonic Acts Academy 2020, a new edition of Progress Bar takes place at OT301 on Friday 20 March, with performances, DJ sets, films and presentations by artists and speakers including Chooc Ly, GIL, Ifeoluwa, Know V.A., pía ío luuuz, Yantan Ministry and Zaïre Krieger.
Interview with Noam Elcott on Verticality
RESEARCH SERIES #12 In February 2014 the Vertical Cinema programme was screened at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. The programme was accompanied by four long lectures by experts on cinema, video, new media, and contemporary art. The American scholar Noam M. Elcott gave an impressive lecture-presentation which also sketched a possible genealogy of 'vertical cinema'.
Interview with Bart Rutten on Verticality
RESEARCH SERIES #13 In February 2014 the Vertical Cinema project was presented in the Stedelijk Museum. The programme was accompanied by lectures by experts on cinema, video, new media, and contemporary art, one of which was Bart Rutten, at that time still curator of modern and contemporary art at the Stedelijk Museum.
Interview Jananne Al-Ani
RESEARCH SERIES #24 Born in Iraq, London-based artist Jananne Al-Ani engages with the politics of the image. In her works in photography, film and video, Al-Ani interrogates our ways of seeing by undermining the structures of scale and perspective in which visual culture is shaped. While her conceptual application is subversive, her methods are gentle, often resulting in evocations of assumptions which are quietly unsettled. Julian Ross interviewed Al-Ani when she attended the Sonic Acts Festival in 2015 for the screening of her two films Shadow Sites I and Shadow Sites II.
Interview with Don Foresta
RESEARCH SERIES #14 In June 2014 Sonic Acts invited research artist Don Foresta to give two presentations in the Netherlands. Before his lecture presentation at STEIM in Amsterdam, Arie Altena sat down with him to talk about his experiences, working with Nam June Paik, Woody and Steina Vasulka, and other pioneers of video art, and his involvement in the first experiments with network art.
The Stack and the Post-human User: an interview with Benjamin Bratton
RESEARCH SERIES #15 Benjamin Bratton is a theorist whose work spans Philosophy, Art and Design. He is Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Director of The Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also Professor of Digital Design at The European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. In his book The Stack, due to be published in December 2015 by MIT Press, Benjamin Bratton develops a political perspective on computation on the planetary scale.
Interview with Lukas Marxt
RESEARCH SERIES #17 In one static shot, Lukas Marxt’s Reign of Silence (2013) observes a vessel boat swirl in circles in the Arctic sea and watches the ripples spread. While it’s only for a moment, the central theme that occupies Marxt makes itself visible – the dialogue between human and geological existence. As he journeys to the far corners of the earth, the Austrian artist lets so-called ‘deep time’ – the unimaginably vast time scale that describes geological processes – intersect with what we consider ‘real time.’
Interview with Morton Subotnick: The computer as a performer-composer-conductor tool
RESEARCH SERIES #22 In October 2013 Morton Subotnick performed Silver Apples of the Moon, with visuals by Lillevan at Kontraste Festival in Krems (Austria). After the concert Arie Altena sat down with him to discuss his particular approach to electronic music.
Combining Compositional Precision and Uncontrolled Processes: Interview with Thomas Ankersmit
RESEARCH SERIES #23 On 12 October 2013 Arie Altena interviewed Thomas Ankersmit about his work and his set-up for his concert the following day in the Minoritenkirche in Krems. Ankersmit was there as part of the 2013 Kontraste Festival
What Is Dark Ecology?
RESEARCH SERIES #26 In this essay, which draws on his book Dark Ecology, For a Logic of Coexistence, Timothy Morton — who originally coined the term dark ecology — explains what dark ecology is. He also argues how agrilogistics underpins our ecological crisis and our view of the world.
Kontraste festival Electric Shadows presented cutting edge live performances, installations, films, lectures and sound walks, from 12 to 14 October 2012 in and around Krems, Austria. The festival was conceived as a ‘leap into the void’, with audiovisual experiments that manipulate analogue and digital signals to amplify our senses, investigate the dark, and explore cosmological unknowns. Kontraste 2012 was curated by Sonic Acts sonicacts.com/kontraste/2012
The new Kontraste Festival -Imaginary Landscapes- took place for the first time from 14 to 16 October 2011 in Krems, Austria. Kontraste capitalized on the synergy of its special regional location and setting in combination with a strong international line-up. Kontraste 2011 was curated by Sonic Acts. sonicacts.com/kontraste/2011
Bart Rutten Vertical Cinema Lecture
Bart Rutten will share his remarks on the mainly abstract Vertical Cinema programme, based on both his personal experiences in curating film and video art, as well as the institutional context of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. With examples from Kazimir Malevich to Bill Viola, from Xerox Alto and Pacma...
Jennifer Walshe, Timothy Morton, Áine O’Dwyer, Lee Patterson, M.C. Schmidt, Streifenjunko and Vilde&Inga – Time Time Time
Time Time Time is an operatic work written by Jennifer Walshe and Timothy Morton, which premiered at Sonic Acts Festival 2019. Morton and Walshe join forces with an ensemble of renowned musicians and sound artists to explore the multiplicity of temporalities at the heart of being human.
Vertical Cinema is a series of ten newly commissioned large-scale, site-specific works by internationally renowned experimental filmmakers and audiovisual artists, which are presented on 35 mm celluloid and projected vertically with a custom-built projector in vertical cinemascope. Vertical Cinema is a Sonic Acts production in collaboration with several partners. verticalcinema.org
More artists, speakers and commissioned works announced for Sonic Acts Academy 2020
Sonic Acts is excited to now reveal the second wave of artists, thinkers and commissioned works for Sonic Acts Academy 2020, taking place in Amsterdam from 21 to 23 February 2020 at Paradiso, De Brakke Grond, Stedelijk Museum and OT301.
Programme announced! Rosa Pistola, No Bra, Lone Taxidermist, SHYBOI and lots more confirmed for Sonic Acts Academy 2020
The Sonic Acts Academy 2020 programme is now online, with a new wave of artists and speakers announced for a packed three days of live, immersive, expanded and charged experiences, and vital critical perspectives.
Dark Ecology was a three-year art, research and commissioning project, initiated by Sonic Acts and Kirkenes-based curator Hilde Methi, and in collaboration with Norwegian and Russian partners. Dark Ecology unfolded through research, the creation of new artworks, and a public programme that was presented in the zone on both sides of the border in 2014, 2015 and 2016. darkecology.net
Erkki Huhtamo Vertical Cinema Lecture @ IFFR 2014
On Thursday 23 January 2014 UCLA- professor Erkki Huhtamo preluded the Vertical Cinema programme at IFFR 2014 with the lecture “Up and Down the Shaft of Time: An Archeology of Verticality”. In his lecture he elaborated on verticality as a cultural phenomenon. Traditional cultural forms have no...
Vertical Cinema at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, IFFR & Kontraste Festival
"Vertical Cinema," the most ambitious and promising show in the entirety of the Rotterdam festival" "Yet simply the readjustment necessary to watch this program was something tremendous to experience, an exhausting craning upward at the skyscraper-like white tower of screen which asked for an up-and...
Jacob Kirkegaard: Sabulation (Sonic Acts XIII, 2010)
Sonic Acts is a biannual festival at the intersection of arts, science, music & technology. ‘He tried thinking of something else. When he closed his eyes, a number of long lines, flowing like sighs, came floating toward him. They were ripples of sand moving over the dunes. The dunes were probably...
Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag: raum-Arbeiten – The Space of Sound and Acoustic Architectures (Sonic Acts XIII, 2010)
http://www.sonicacts.com/portal/index.php/jan-peter-e-r-sonntag-raum-arbeiten-the-space-of-sound-and-acoustic-architectures/ Sonic Acts is a biannual festival at the intersection of arts, science, music & technology Since the Renaissance the visual sense in our Western civilisation dominates our o...
Acousmonium: Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Sonic Acts XII, 2008)
Sonic Acts is a biannual festival at the intersection of arts, science, music & technology. German electronic music legend Hans-Joachim Roedelius (AT) has been active in music for over thirty years, has . He is a pioneer in electronic music, not least for his collaborations with musicians and compo...
Acousmonium: Christian Fennesz (Sonic Acts XII, 2008)
Sonic Acts is a biannual festival at the intersection of arts, science, music & technology. Christian Fennesz (AT) uses guitar and computer to create shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. His lush and luminant compositions are anything but sterile computer ...
Jana Winderen – Pasvikdalen
Drifting away from a state of stability, blurring acceleration, moving out of sight, but not out of mind. Invisible but audible, the consequences reveal themselves through the silence of species we have never heard. Jana Winderen’s new work Pasvikdalen is based on recordings made both above and under water close to the border between Norway and Russia.
Save the Date: Sonic Acts Academy
From 26 to 28 February 2016, Sonic Acts hosts a new research-oriented programme at the intersection of art, music and science at several locations in Amsterdam. Over the course of three days, Sonic Acts Academy will invite artists, theorists, and scientists to expand on their research through lectures, concerts, film programmes, work presentations, masterclasses and workshops.
Dark Ecology Critical Writing Academy
On 9 and 10 October 2015, Dark Ecology and Fridaymilk will organise a two-day Critical Writing Academy, in Murmansk, Russia. This workshop is aimed at emerging and mid-career writers, critics, bloggers, theorists and journalists in arts and culture from the Barents Region
Vertical Cinema at Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)
Vertical Cinema is in Melbourne for its Australian premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). A special feature within the MIFF film programme, Vertical Cinema will be screened twice at Deakin Edge theatre in Melbourne on 14 August.
Sonic Acts & EYE on Art: Weather Report
Following the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, on 15 December Sonic Acts and EYE on Art will host a Dark Ecology inspired evening on climate change. The programme explores the subject from the perspective of Dark Ecology. Included are works from EYE’s collection as well as contributions by artists who are part of the 2015 Dark Ecology Journey.
Progress Bar: Brood Ma, Fis, ITAL TEK, Lafawndah & PYUR
On Saturday 26 March, we will bring you yet another Progress Bar filled with a lively mix of talks, performances and a clubnight. This edition will feature performances by Lafawndah (Warp, US), Brood Ma (Tri Angle, UK), Ital Tek (Planet Mu, UK), FIS (Tri Angle, NZ) and PYUR (Unsigned, DE).
Dark Ecology Journey: First Journey Report
We are back home from a successful second Dark Ecology Journey. Over the course of five days, we travelled with a group of more than 50 artists, researchers, curators, writers and organisers to Kirkenes in Northern Norway from where we took a bus to Murmansk in Russia, to Zapolyarny and Nikel, and back to Kirkenes.
Progress Bar in Amsterdam!
We’re thrilled to announce that Sonic Acts, Viral Radio and Lighthouse will present a special season of Progress Bars in Amsterdam. Starting with the first event on 16 January 2016, Progress Bar is a night for cutting edge thinking and dancing that presents a lively mix of talks, screenings, performances and a club in a single night.
Call for Applicants: #Additivism Workshop
3D printing promises to become a widespread material language, allowing anything that can be stored as a digital template to be realised. During the 2-day #Additivism workshop Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke explain how 3D fabrication can be thought of as the critical framework of #Additivism: a movement that aims to disrupt material, social, computational, and metaphysical realities through provocation, collaboration, and ‘weird’ / science fiction thinking.
Sonic Acts Academy 2016: Impressions
From 26 - 28 February the first edition of Sonic Acts Academy took place in Amsterdam. For this three-day event artists, theorists, and scientists were invited to expand on their research through lectures, concerts, film programmes, work presentations, masterclasses and workshops. The Academy relate...
Pascale Ehrenfreund: Space Exploration and the Search for Life in the Universe
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE DARK UNIVERSE Pascale Ehrenfreund: Space Exploration and the Search for Life in the Universe 22 February 2013 – De Balie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- Several nations are currently engaging in, or planning for, space exploration programmes that target the Moon, Mars a...
From 26 to 28 February 2016, Sonic Acts hosts a new programme at the intersection of art, music and science at several locations in Amsterdam. Over the course of three days, Sonic Acts Academy will invite artists, theorists, and scientists to expand on their research through lectures, concerts, film programmes, work presentations, masterclasses and workshops.
Dark Ecology 2015
The second Dark Ecology research Journey took place from 26–30 November 2015. Participants traveled from Kirkenes in Norway’s northern extremes, to the neighbouring town Nikel (just across the border in Russia), Zapolyarny and to the largest city in the far north: Murmansk (Russia). The program...
Anthea Caddy – Long Throw: An Exploration of an Expanded Energetic System for Cello and Loud Speaker
Long Throw: An Exploration of an Expanded Energetic System for Cello and Loud Speaker is a live performance that expands the physical properties of projected sound energy via amplified cello. The piece premiered at Sonic Acts Academy 2020 as part of Sounding Provocations programme at Stedelijk Museum.
Ele Carpenter: The Nuclear Anthropocene
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Ele Carpenter: The Nuclear Anthropocene 28 February 2015 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- Ele Carpenter introduces her curatorial research into nuclear culture, drawing on artistic practices in Europe and Japan, and field trips to undergro...
Dark Ecology Programme Update - Commissioned works
The third edition of the art, research and commissioning project Dark Ecology will take place between 8 and 12 June 2016 in the border zone between Norway and Russia, with events scheduled in the Pasvik Valley and Kirkenes (NO) as well as in the surroundings of Nikel (RU). A group of more than 50 artists, researchers, curators, writers and organisers, will travel from Northern Norway to North West Russia.
UNFOLD #3: Reinterpreting the digital
On 1 December, the third public event within the framework of UNFOLD continues with the research line mediation by reinterpretation. The evening will start with the workshop 'Sensory Augmentation and Obstruction', organised by Joost Rekveld and LIMA together with Sonic Acts.
Special projects and Early Birds for Sonic Acts’ 25th anniversary festival
As we count down to our upcoming celebratory festival edition, we are proud to reveal a few of the special large-scale projects and performances we have been working on. Early Bird festival passes are available until 31 December.
'Sensing the Shipyard' at Damen Shiprepair
Sonic Acts is currently working together with several educational institutes in the Netherlands and abroad. As part of the upcoming Sonic Acts Academy 2018, we are collaborating with the ArtScience Interfaculty in The Hague on Sensing the Shipyard: A Sensorial Journey.
Sign up for workshops, seminars and guided tours at Sonic Acts Festival 2019
Sonic Acts is pleased to announce a special educational programme for Sonic Acts Festival 2019, with workshops led by artists and theorists including Christina Kubisch and Arie Altena, as well as seminars and guided exhibition tours.
BJ Nilsen – ORE
ORE is an acousmatic work that reveals the artist’s research into the mining of iron ore and its impact on society and cultural relevance. The work was developed for the Acousmonium sound diffusion system during a residency at Ina GRM, Paris, and was presented at Paradiso, Amsterdam, as part of Sonic Acts Festival 2019.
Okkyung Lee – 틈 / Teum (The Silvery Slit)
틈 / Teum (The Silvery Slit) is an acousmatic piece written for computer-generated sounds, pre-recorded materials and cello that was developed for the Acousmonium sound diffusion system during a residence at Ina GRM, Paris, in January 2019. It premiered at Paradiso, Amsterdam, at the opening of Sonic Acts Festival 2019.
Hugo Esquinca – Deformation Studies on Dimension and Structure for Fifteen Point Three
Deformation Studies on Dimension and Structure for Fifteen Point Three is a mediation on the acoustic resonances of space. The work was developed during a residency at STEIM (organised by Sonic Acts) and presented at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as part of Sonic Acts Festival 2019.
HC Gilje – Radiant (live)
Radiant is an audiovisual work comprising a white laser beam moving over a large surface covered with phosphorescent pigment. The laser draws lines and curves that are only visible for a short moment before disappearing. The live performance of Radiant was presented at Paradiso, Amsterdam, as part of Sonic Acts Festival 2019.
Ji Youn Kang – Untitled
Untitled plays with two customised bamboos and a small Korean gong, with analogue devices that connect the instruments for further real-time processing. The work was developed during a residency at STEIM (organised by Sonic Acts) and presented at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as part of Sonic Acts Festival 2019.
Phoebe Collings-James and Last Yearz Interesting Negro – Sound as Weapon, Sounds 4 Survival
Charting psycho-emotional landscapes and mapping them on to the physical, Phoebe Collings-James and Jamila Johnson-Small work with their multi-dimensional bodies as the primary technology and source material for a collaborative live performance. Sound as Weapon, Sounds 4 Survival was presented at Paradiso, Amsterdam, as part of Sonic Acts Festival 2019.
The Rodina – Accidental Geopoetics
Accidental Geopoetics is a design intervention that takes revealing and hiding as two basic principles of design practice. At Sonic Acts Festival 2019, the work took the form of a navigational infrastructure at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, engaging the visitors while occupying the museum’s hallways.
Limited number of Blind Bird tickets available for Sonic Acts Academy 2020
Sonic Acts Academy is a three-day festival of innovative audio-visual and performative art and critical thinking, taking place from 21 to 23 February 2020 in Amsterdam. A limited amount of Blind Bird festival passes are now available for €50.
Christina Kubisch – Electrical Walks Amsterdam
Electrical Walks Amsterdam continues a series of works by the artist that trace the electromagnetic fields of urban environments. The work takes the form of a city walk and enables a new experience of Amsterdam, uncovering its hidden electromagnetic phenomena. The work is No. 74 in Kubisch's Electrical Walks series and was presented as part of Sonic Acts Festival 2019.
Apply for the Critical Writing workshop at Sonic Acts Academy 2020
Following the success of previous Critical Writing workshops, a new edition will take place during Sonic Acts Academy, from 21 to 23 February 2020. The workshop is hosted by Arie Altena and Katía Truijen, as well as guests from different journalistic fields.
Filipa César and Jin Mustafa – Meteorisations: Reading Amílcar Cabral's Agro-Poetics of Liberation
Meteorisations: Reading Amílcar Cabral's Agro-Poetics of Liberation is a performative lecture by Filipa César with sound by Jin Mustafa and images from Sana na N’Hada and Flora Gomes, 1974, Cape Verde. The work was presented at De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, as part of Sonic Acts Festival 2019.
Polina Medvedeva and Andreas Kühne – The Informals / Неформалы
The Informals / Неформалы is a part-autobiographical work and a universal statement on the notions of decentralisation, collectivism, and non-conformist ways of living in the digital age. The European premiere of The Informals / Неформалы was presented at Paradiso, Amsterdam, as part of Sonic Acts Festival 2019.
Hugo Esquinca and Yuk Hui – On 'A Psychedelic Becoming'
Hugo Esquinca’s live multichannel intervention On ‘A Psychedelic Becoming’ at Sonic Acts Academy 2020 confronts recursion and its openness to the necessity of contingency. The work follows that of his collaborator, philosopher Yuk Hui, who outlines these notions in his book Recursivity and Contingency (2019).
Apply for the Creative Spatial Design workshop with Heleen Blanken and Karl Klomp
The workshop Creative Spatial Design will be an introduction to the artistic practice of conceptual stage design, led by spatial media artists Heleen Blanken and Karl Klomp. It focuses on the basic artistic and technical skills necessary for developing stage scenography for live performances.
Sonic Acts podcast with Speaker Music (DeForrest Brown Jr.) in collaboration with Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee
Sonic Acts and Ja Ja Ja Née Née Née are collaborating on a series of podcasts for the upcoming Sonic Acts Academy 2020. In the third episode, Speaker Music (DeForrest Brown, Jr.) speaks about the origins of techno and (un)available historical nostalgia.
bod [包家巷] and Schwestern Sisters (SwS)– What If We Made A Video Game And It Was Like Dark Souls And All The Characters Were Artists (WIWMAVGAIWLDSAATCWA)
What If We Made A Video Game And It Was Like Dark Souls And All The Characters Were Artists (WIWMAVGAIWLDSAATCWA) is an enclosure of the audiovisual inputs of reality into the space of art that formally unifies performance and exhibition with the practices of organised interpersonal relationships.
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.
Sonic Acts Academy 2020
Academy 2020 took its cue from inspiring artistic research with a special emphasis on experimentation and innovation. Informed by the urgency of the climate crisis and approaches to new futures, the Academy was an open invitation to listen, talk and learn with one another, fuelled by over 50 of the most exciting contemporary artists and thinkers from around the globe. 2020.sonicacts.com
Philip Vermeulen – More Moiré²
Philip Vermeulen’s sensorially powerful audiovisual installation More Moiré² premieres at Sonic Acts Academy 2020. In a panoramic Ganzfeld environment, with no horizon or anchor, the immersive cinematic experience puts visitors’ senses to the test. The tension between the experience of bodyless digitality and material physicality is palpable in More Moiré², which resets the senses in stimulating the awareness of one’s own material existence.
Progress Bar is a periodic series of club nights dedicated to new developments in art, music, politics and society. Each event comprises lectures, presentations and film screenings, alongside audiovisual performances and adventurous DJ sets, and serves as a meeting point for a community of young artists and emerging thinkers and writers, who often combine their artistic practice with socio-political activism.
AV impressions of Sonic Acts Academy 2020 now online
Complete photo reports of the Academy will be published in the coming week, but you can already browse through a selection of first impressions on our social channels. Festival aftermovies and videos of the entire conference programme will also be online soon.
MÆKUR's CONDITIONS : 1218-0719 now available as limited edition vinyl
Released as part of Sonic Acts Academy 2020 and now available for digital download and as limited-edition vinyl, CONDITIONS : 1218 – 0719 is the first release by MÆKUR, the collaborative project of Maiа Urstad, Eva Rowson and Anton Kats.
Dorian Concept and Zanshin – Half Chance
Dorian Concept and Zanshin perform Half Chance to the live audience on the Max Brand synthesizer. In their performance, Dorian Concept stepped on the foot pedals and played the keyboards, while Zanshin worked with the manual controls for the electrical production of sound.
Thank you for contributing to an unforgettable Academy
Sonic Acts Academy 2020 is a wrap! As always, we are extremely grateful to everyone involved in making this year’s edition another great success. Thankfully, our incredible team of photographers and videographers were on hand to capture every moment.
Sonic Acts Academy 2018
Sonic Acts Academy 2018 was a platform for investigation, speculation, and reflection, focusing on educational practices and the critical examination of knowledge production in the field of art. By expanding artistic experience into an academy of engagement and exchange, it offered both a playground and a radical syllabus at odds with institutionalised learning. sonicacts.com/2018
Sonic Acts Festival 2019 – Hereafter
Under the title Hereafter, Sonic Acts explored the genesis of our current crisis by reflecting on the issues we are forced to confront on a daily basis: the inequalities caused by colonisation and geostrategic manoeuvring, the challenges brought forth by immigration and the climate crisis, and the way technological advancements disrupt and not emancipate. 2019.sonicacts.com
Sonic Acts Festival 2017 – The Noise of Being
The Noise of Being strived for a (de-)alignment of actors: humankind, Earth, technology and all other beings, by means of several strategies: de-colonising thought, de-normalisation, de-capitalisation, the inversing of time, creating cracks, and imaginative speculation – a chance to speculate about the strange and anxious state of being. sonicacts.com/2017
Sonic Acts Academy 2016
Sonic Acts Academy 2016 highlighted artistic engagement as vital to understanding the complexities of our contemporary world. Over the course of three days, artists presented work that challenged the sterile dichotomy of theory versus practice. Following an open and dynamic format, the Academy positioned art as a unique means of knowledge production. sonicacts.com/2016
Sonic Acts Festival 2015 – The Geologic Imagination
The Geologic Imagination examined how art and science map and document new insights, and how the changes and transformations that occur on a geological scale can become something humans can feel, touch, and experience. Sonic Acts invited artists and theorists to reflect on these transformations and make them imaginable. sonicacts.com/2015
Sonic Acts Festival 2013 – The Dark Universe
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. sonicacts.com/2013 Download the programme brochures of the previous editions: 2020 - Sonic Acts Academy 2020 2019 - Hereafter 2018 - Sonic Acts Academy 2018 2017 - The Noise of Being 2016 - Sonic Acts Academy 2015 - The Geologic Imagination 2013 - The Dark Universe 2012 - Travelling Time 2010 - The Poetics of Space 2008 - The Cinematic Experience 2006 - The Anthology of Computer Art 2004 - Unsorted 2003 - Sonic Light 2001 - Point Pixel Programming 2000 - Sonic Acts 2000 1999 - Sonic Acts VI 1998 - Sonic Acts V 1997 - Sonic Acts IV 1996 - Sonic Acts III 1995 - Sonic Acts II 1994 - Sonic Acts I
Angeliki Diakrousi and Yara Said selected for Underexposed
Sonic Acts is pleased to reveal Angeliki Diakrousi and Yara Said as the two artists selected for the Underexposed mentorship programme for young artists – an online programme that focuses on supporting artists at the beginning of their career.
Open Call: Underexposed – Mentorship Programme for Young Artists
Sonic Acts invites young artists to apply for Underexposed, an online mentorship and training programme. The programme is part of a Sonic Acts talent development initiative focussed on supporting artists at the beginning of their career.
Sissel Marie Tonn – Plastic Hypersea
Site-specific sound walk Plastic Hypersea by Sissel Marie Tonn invites the listener to explore and imagine the environment as an extension to their immune system and to contemplate the many ways in which their bodies are entangled with microplastics in the sediments of Amsterdam’s waterways.
Experience the interactive audio walk Plastic Hypersea by Sissel Marie Tonn
Plastic Hypersea is an interactive, site-specific work by artist Sissel Marie Tonn that invites the listener to contemplate a more expanded sense of self. The work can be experienced at the NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam from the end of April.
Overexposed Podcast with Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee featuring Devin Hentz
In the third episode of the Overexposed Podcast – a collaboration between Sonic Acts and Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee – artist in residence Devin Hentz about data thieves, trash and its role in the archive of history, and the death of clothes.
Artists in residence MELT look at different approaches to time
MELT (Loren Britton & Isabel Paehr) are arts-design researchers who work together on games, technology and critical pedagogy. During their 'residency time', MELT look at climate change and pollution in relation to different approaches to time.
The Smog Event
Aired on 27 March, The Smog Event brought together artists, theorists and film in an online programme about smog. The first event of the series included presentations by artist Amy Balkin and anthropologist Timothy K. Choy. These took place alongside a weekend-long screening of the 2019 documentary film Smog Town by Chinese filmmaker Meng Han. The programme was moderated by Harshavardhan Bhat. The evening was closed with a DJ set by Snufkin.
Open Call: Sonic Acts continues its OVEREXPOSED home-based residency programme
Sonic Acts is proud to announce the continuation of the OVEREXPOSED residency programme. With this renewed open call, we invite applications from artists and researchers working across the fields of environmental humanities.
Soil Samples was the second edition of the Night Air series, and included artistic and discursive contributions by Dorsey Kaufmann, Felicity Mangan, Kunal Palawat, Martin Howse and Red Brut, alongside weekend-long screenings of the films Mined Soil (2014) by Filipa César and You Think The Earth Is a Dead Thing (2019) by Florence Lazar. Dedicated to soil pollution, this evening focused on the multifaceted nature of this vital resource beneath our feet.
OVEREXPOSED is a residency programme from Sonic Acts investigating pollution and its effects on everything living and non-living, through which we aim to create awareness about pollution both in local surroundings and on a planetary scale. Using artistic research as an exploration of the connections between aesthetics, historical materiality and politics, the programme intends to stimulate thought and imagination about necessary steps – both locally and globally – and of course, direct action. The outcomes of the research will be presented in a variety of formats, including text publications, visual journals, and performative or discursive presentations.