Sonic Acts Academy is a new platform that aims to grow, expand, sustain and disseminate stimulating discourse about artistic research. The academy invites artists and theorists to expand on their research through workshops, masterclasses, lectures, concerts, film screenings and work presentations at the intersection of art, science and technology.
Sonic Acts Academy will highlight artistic engagement as vital to understanding the complexities of our contemporary world. Artists will present work that challenges the sterile dichotomy of theory versus practice. Following an open and dynamic format, the Sonic Acts Academy will probe traditional notions of the academy with the aim of positioning art as a unique means of knowledge production, to be shared and expanded upon with future generations.
The opening night will be celebrated on Friday 26 February at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and will include energetic acoustic and electronic live music, alternated with restored sounds and images from pioneering artists dispersed throughout the Stedelijk. Included is the world premiere of a new work by Thomas Ankersmit and performances by WaSm, Raphael Vanoli and Okkyung Lee, as well as the first presentation of the Maryanne Amacher Archive in the Netherlands. Further, the Stedelijk will present related pieces from its own collection.
On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February the academy will take place at de Brakke Grond with film screenings, lectures and work presentations by, among others, Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke, Katrina Burch, Heather Davis, Bill Dietz & Robert The, Louis Henderson, Ewa Justka, Anton Kats,Sally-Jane Norman, Susan Schuppli and Ana Vaz.
On Saturday 27 February Sonic Acts, in collaboration with Viral Radio, takes over Paradiso. Featuring over twenty dj’s and live performances, the program will go on until the early hours, bringing everything from experimental film to bass-heavy dance sets by international DJs and producers, from acclaimed collectives such as Berlin’s Janus. With: J.G. Biberkopf, Yon Eta, Drill Folly, KABLAM, Yoneda Lemma, Lotic, M.E.S.H., Anna Mikkola,Nkisi, Daïchi Saïto & Jason Sharp, Sky H1, Soraya, Why Be, Juha van ‘t Zelfde & more.
Renowned and experienced journalists and writers will share insights into specific aspects of their craft (language, style, focus) and provide feedback on the texts written by the workshop participants during Sonic Acts. The workshop will be led by Jennifer Lucy Allen, former editor of The Wire, who works as freelance journalist for multiple platforms.
Electronic noise artist Ewa Justka will guide participants through the creation of a unique, multi-faceted electronic instrument and effects unit, The Voice Odder, which is a compact, voice-altering device inspired by William S. Burroughs’ claim that ‘the word is a virus’. Participants will learn the functions of basic electronic components and how to build electronic circuits.
During the two-day #Additivism Workshop, which will take place immediately after the Sonic Acts Academy, 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.