Search results for 2015
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.
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 Karl Lemieux
RESEARCH SERIES #16 Live presence is not often considered to be a part of cinema, but Karl Lemieux thinks it should be. Using 16mm projectors as his principal tools, the Montreal-based artist employs various tactics to manipulate both the film material and apparatus itself during the act of projection—an approach that results in a distortion of the image. Working with Swedish composer and sound artist BJ Nilsen, Lemieux shot footage on the border between Russia and Norway. This would be the basis of their collaborative performance, unearthed, presented at the 2015 Sonic Acts Festival in Amsterdam.
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 Mark Williams on the geological record
RESEARCH SERIES #18 Sonic Acts was very happy to welcome Mark Williams to the 2015 festival ‘The Geologcic Imagination’. After his lecture on the fundamental changes in the earth systems, Williams talked to Sonic Acts' Liesbeth Koot and Menno Grootveld.
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
The Geologic Imagination: Lectures, Interviews and Recordings
RESEARCH SERIES #19 To get you in the mood for the upcoming Dark Ecology Journey, Research Series #19 includes recorded lectures, excerpts of live performances, sound recordings and interviews made during the 2015 festival The Geologic Imagination. With contributors such as Timothy Morton, Jana Winderen, Espen Sommer Eide, BJ Nilsen and Karl Lemieux, Raviv Ganchrow, Ele Carpenter and Graham Harman.
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.
We Are All in the Mud
RESEARCH SERIES #32 Eyal Weizman is a London-based Israeli architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and writer, who focuses on architecture as a form of political intervention and the role of architecture in modern urban warfare. Lucas van der Velden interviewed Eyal Weizman after his lecture at the 2017 Sonic Acts Festival.
Raviv Ganchrow – Long Wave Synthesis
Long Wave Synthesis is a land-art scale sound installation that investigates infrasound, and probes the relations between how we perceive the landscape and long-wave vibrations. The piece creates a complex topography of acoustic waves in a range of 4 to 30 Hz (mostly in the infrasound range, below the threshold of human hearing) spreading out from an array of custom-built, very low frequency generators. Commissioned for Dark Ecology Journey 2014
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.
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.
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
Otto Piene's The Proliferation of the Sun at Stedelijk
After the impressive performance of The Proliferation of The Sun (1967) by ZERO artist Otto Piene during the Sonic Acts Festival 2015, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Sonic Acts present the performance again in honour of the opening of the exhibition ZERO: Let Us Explore The Stars on Friday 3 July.
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.
LYSN: Murmansk Spaceport – ЛИСН: Мурманский Космодром
Hilary Jeffery’s Murmansk Spaceport is an environment designed for exploring unknown territories. During November 2015 musicians from Murmansk (RU) and Bodø (NO) in the Barents Region work together with Hilary Jeffery in a new formation of LYSN to perform Murmansk Spaceport.
Sonic Acts Commission Dolmen by Mario de Vega in Berlin
From 9 to 20 December 2015, Mario de Vega’s Dolmen will be presented by singuhr-projects at Meinblau Projektraum in Berlin. This installation was commissioned by Sonic Acts in collaboration with donaufestival and was first presented in the context of The Geologic Imagination, the 2015 edition of the Sonic Acts Festival.
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.
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.
Margrethe Iren Pettersen – Living Land - Below as Above
Living Land – Below as Above is a soundwalk developed by Margrethe Iren Pettersen. The idea of the soundwalk began with Pettersen’s interest in ice as a metaphor, and as the primary archival medium of the Arctic. In the dark wintertime, life in the Arctic is at rest, hidden, and the spectre of what is visual and audible is scaled down, and invites a deeper attention of our senses to nuances.
#Additivism: An Encounter with The Fluid Outside
SONIC ACTS ACADEMY #Additivism: An Encounter with The Fluid Outside 28 February 2016 - De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- A talk and Q&A session by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke about The 3D Additivist Manifesto + The 3D Additivist Cookbook and the artist’s own research and pr...
Susan Schuppli: 'Dark Matters - Bearing Material Witness to Climate Change'
DARK ECOLOGY Susan Schuppli: Dark Matters 28 November 2015 - Aurora Cinema, Murmansk, Russia --- In her keynote lecture Dark Matters: Bearing Material Witness to Climate Change Susan Schuppli introduces a new operative concept, that of the ‘Material Witness’. This is an exploration of the eviden...
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...
Interview Ele Carpenter
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Interview Ele Carpenter 28 February 2015 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Interview by Oleg Khardatsev and Zhanna Guzenko / Fridaymilk Fridaymilk (RU) is a well-known media platform in Murmansk, Russia, run by a team of 10 people who are eage...
Interview Raviv Ganchrow
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Interview Raviv Ganchrow 1 March 2015 - Australiehaven, port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Interview by Oleg Khardatsev and Zhanna Guzenko / Fridaymilk Fridaymilk (RU) is a well-known media platform in Murmansk, Russia, run by a team of 10 people who...
Interview Mario de Vega
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Interview Mario de Vega 27 February 2015 - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Interview by Oleg Khardatsev and Zhanna Guzenko / Fridaymilk Fridaymilk (RU) is a well-known media platform in Murmansk, Russia, run by a team of 10 people ...
Interview Jana Winderen
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Interview Jana Winderen 27 February 2015 - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Interview by Oleg Khardatsev and Zhanna Guzenko / Fridaymilk Fridaymilk (RU) is a well-known media platform in Murmansk, Russia, run by a team of 10 people ...
Interview Graham Harman
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Graham Harman 26 February 2015–- Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Interview by Oleg Khardatsev and Zhanna Guzenko / Fridaymilk Fridaymilk (RU) is a well-known media platform in Murmansk, Russia, run by a team of 10 people who are eager to promo...
Espen Sommer Eide: A Tuned Chord is like a Scientific Instrument Probing the Universe
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL - THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Espen Sommer Eide: A Tuned Chord is like a Scientific Instrument Probing the Universe 26 February 2015 - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL - THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Espen Sommer Eide: A Tuned Chord is like a Scientifi...
BJ Nilsen & Karl Lemieux: unearthed
Live première, commissioned by Dark Ecology / Sonic Acts SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL - THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION BJ Nilsen & Karl Lemieux: unearthed 27 February 2015 - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- The border area of Norway and Russia, where the sparse beauty of the Arctic landscap...
Otto Piene: Die Sonne kommt näher / The Proliferation of the Sun (1967)
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL - THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Otto Piene: Die Sonne kommt näher / The Proliferation of the Sun (1967) 27 February 2015 - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, the Netherlands In collaboration with Kunsthalle Bremen - Der Kunstverein in Bremen & ZERO Foundation --- Die Sonne kommt näh...
Raviv Ganchrow: Long Wave Synthesis
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL - THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Raviv Ganchrow: Long Wave Synthesis 1 March 2015 - Australiehaven, port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- The field trip to the site of Raviv Ganchrow’s Long Wave Synthesis promises to be an impressive infrasound experience. Long Wave Synthesis is a l...
Mario de Vega: Dolmen
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL - THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Mario de Vega: Dolmen 27 February 2015 - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- In the large entry hall of the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Sonic Acts presents Dolmen, a new installation by Mexican sound artist Mario de Vega. De Vega is kno...
John Tresch: Fiat Lux and Earth’s Answer
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION John Tresch: Fiat Lux and Earth’s Answer 27 February 2015–- Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- The notion that humans play a role in nature’s creation has roots that long precede discussions of the Anthropocene. Very compelling are the Rom...
Jana Winderen: Listening without getting Answers
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Jana Winderen: Listening without getting Answers 27 February 2015 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- Acidification, overfishing and humans have created imbalances in fragile underwater ecosystems. Through recording and presenting sounds we...
Espen Sommer Eide: Material Vision – Silent Reading
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Espen Sommer Eide: Material Vision – Silent Reading 27 February 2015 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- Material Vision – Silent Reading is an artistic research project, which includes the creation of new musical instruments and a perfor...
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...
Raviv Ganchrow: In the Company of Long Waves
SONIC ACTS Festival - The Geologic Imagination Raviv Ganchrow: In the Company of Long Waves 1 March 2015 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- The saturated spectrum of infrasound suggests that toned-down sounds don’t necessarily diminish. The lowest threshold of human hearing is also the u...
Benjamin Bratton: Geobiopolitics and Planetary-Scale Computation: Sensors, Abstractors, Governors
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Benjamin Bratton: Geobiopolitics and Planetary-Scale Computation: Sensors, Abstractors, Governors 28 February 2015 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- Geography, geology and geodesy now converge on computational platforms to form interlocking...
Timothy Morton: Subscendence
SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL – THE GEOLOGIC IMAGINATION Timothy Morton: Subscendence 26 February 2015 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- We have all heard of transcendence. But what about the inverse, where something shrinks into its component pieces in such a way that the whole is always less th...
Mark Williams: The Human Impact from a Geological ‘Anthropocene’ Perspective
SONIC ACTS Festival - The Geologic Imagination Mark Williams: The Human Impact from a Geological ‘Anthropocene’ Perspective 26 februrary 2015 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- The history of human evolution extends back for more than two million years, and in all that time humans and th...
Jonathan Hagstrum: Avian Navigation, Pigeon Homing and Infrasound
SONIC ACTS Festival - The Geologic Imagination Jonathan Hagstrum: Avian Navigation, Pigeon Homing and Infrasound 29 februrary 2015 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- Birds can navigate accurately over hundreds to thousands of kilometres. Their senses outnumber those of humans and can detect...
Graham Harman: Anthropocene Ontology
SONIC ACTS Festival - The Geologic Imagination Graham Harman: Anthropocene Ontology 26 februrary 2015 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands --- The proposed Anthropocene Epoch is not an Anthropocentric Epoch, for the obvious reason that it highlights the fragility of the human species rather than h...
Interview Raviv Ganchrow - The Geologic Imagination Book Launch
Interview with Raviv Ganchrow about his new work: Long Wave Synthesis 17 January 2015 at De Balie Amsterdam Long Wave Synthesis is a land-art scale sound installation that investigates infrasound, and probes the relations between how we perceive the landscape and long-wave vibrations. The piece cre...
::vtol:: aka Dmitry Morozov – Лесофон / Lesophon
Лесофон / Lesophon is an audiovisual installation. Slowly, adhesive tape rolls unroll themselves over the course of many hours. This process is recorded and the generated data produces an algorithm that generates sound which is subsequently transmitted on FM. People are invited to listen to the installation as it unwinds, through headphones and via FM radio.
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.
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
Angeliki Diakrousi and Yara Said selected for Underexposed
Underexposed is an online mentorship and training programme – part of a Sonic Acts talent development initiative – that focuses on supporting artists at the beginning of their career. Motivated by the number of exciting projects from young local artists, shown by many of the applications to our recent OVEREXPOSED residency call, Underexposed includes a mentorship period in which artists work directly with members of the Sonic Acts curatorial team, providing an opportunity to get feedback on the development of artistic projects.
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