Events — 21 Feb 2020

Sonic Acts Academy is a festival at the intersection of innovative audio-visual and performative art and critical thinking, concerned with human-caused planetary transformations and driven by the need to rethink common futures.

Price
Early Bird festivalpas €60 (instead of €70) via www.sonicacts.com
Location
Various locations
Time
21 Feb, 7 pm until 10.30 pm
Main language
English

Sonic Acts Academy is a festival at the intersection of innovative audio-visual and performative art and critical thinking, concerned with human-caused planetary transformations and driven by the need to rethink common futures. Taking place in Amsterdam from 21 to 23 February 2020, it offers three evenings of live cinema, experimental concerts and progressive club nights alongside a conference with cutting-edge international artistic voices at partnering institutions Paradiso, De Brakke Grond. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and OT301. As a condensed rendition of its bigger sister, the renowned Sonic Acts Festival, the Academy focusses on inspiring artistic research with a special emphasis on experimentation and innovation in the age of the Anthropocene.

The opening of Sonic Acts Academy 2020 features a wide variety of multidisciplinary interventions that are iterated throughout the evening, made up of audiovisual stagings, ritualistic performances and new installations, including a number of premieres and commissioned works. Exploring sound, kinetic and audiovisual art, the acts manipulate light, sound and movement while utilizing innovative performance tactics to investigate acoustic phenomena, amplification, spatialization, and the resonant properties of the museum.

Program

  • Ale Hop 
  • Anthea Caddy: Long Throw: An Exploration of an Expanded Energetic System for Cello and Loud Speaker
  • Cõvco: Conscient of the Soul
  • Ex Continent: Sistemes Dintre de Sistemes Dintre de Sistemes
  • Felicity Mangan
  • Maika Garnica: From Bow to Ear
  • Malibu
  • Philip Vermeulen: More Moiré²
  • Sadaf

New Installation by Philip Vermeulen 

During Sonic Acts Academy, the sensorially powerful new work More Moiré² by Philip Vermeulen will be presented for the first time to the public. In a panoramic Ganzfeld environment, with no horizon or anchor point, he creates an immersive cinematic experience that puts the visitors' senses to the test. Inspired by the work of light artists such as Doug Wheeler and James Turrell, Vermeulen plays with human perception. In a virtual and abstract landscape of light, sound and moving moire patterns, he constructs new worlds and dissolves others. With this installation, Vermeulen investigates the tension between the experience of bodyless digitality and material physicality. More Moiré² forces a reset of the senses and stimulates an awareness of one's own material existence. The installation will be on view for a couple of days more after Sonic Acts, until Feb 27, 2020.

Philip Vermeulen at Into the Great Wide Open 2018. Photo: Sander Heeze
Philip Vermeulen at Into the Great Wide Open 2018. Photo: Sander Heeze

Info & tickets

For the most recent program updates, practical information and tickets, including festival passes and day passes, visit sonicacts.com
Festival passes are available for €70. Go to the Sonic Acts website for more info www.sonicacts.com.

Sonic Acts Academy 2020 artists and thinkers: Nabil Ahmed, Marja Ahti, AYA, bod [包家巷] + Schwestern Sisters (SwS), Bookworms, Anthea Caddy, DEBBY FRIDAY, T. J. Demos, Design Earth, Marjolijn Dijkman, Elvin Brandhi, Hugo Esquinca + Yuk Hui, Maika Garnica, Jonáš Gruska, Terike Haapoja, Holly Herndon, Anja Kanngieser, Lag OS, Lukáš Likavčan, Daniel Mann + Eitan Efrat, MÆKUR: Anton Kats + Maia Urstad + Eva Rowson, Kali Malone, Meuko! Meuko!, Roly Porter + MFO, RUI HO, S280F / 011668 / vvxxii, Sadaf, Speaker Music (De Forrest Brown, Jr.), Tadleeh, Philip Vermeulen, and Via App.     

More info: 2020.sonicacts.com/programme

  • Fedde ten Berge at Sonic Acts 2019, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo by Pieter Kers
    Fedde ten Berge at Sonic Acts 2019, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo by Pieter Kers
  • Flap Flap, Philip Vermeulen. Photo by Jasper Bolderdijk
    Flap Flap, Philip Vermeulen. Photo by Jasper Bolderdijk
  • Flohio & God Colony at Sonic Acts 2017, Paradiso. Photo by Pieter Kers
    Flohio & God Colony at Sonic Acts 2017, Paradiso. Photo by Pieter Kers
  • Gamut Inc at Sonic Acts Festival 2019, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo by Pieter Kers
    Gamut Inc at Sonic Acts Festival 2019, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo by Pieter Kers
  • Okkyung Lee at Sonic Acts Academy 2016, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
    Okkyung Lee at Sonic Acts Academy 2016, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  • Violence at Sonic Acts Academy 2018, Paradiso Noord. Photo by Pieter Kers
    Violence at Sonic Acts Academy 2018, Paradiso Noord. Photo by Pieter Kers
  • Boem Boem, Philip Vermeulen at Halle am Berghain 2018 Festival. Photo by Camille Blake
    Boem Boem, Philip Vermeulen at Halle am Berghain 2018 Festival. Photo by Camille Blake