Dark Ecology at Sonic Acts Festival 2017
Sonic Acts Festival 2017 takes place from 23 to 26 February in Amsterdam. Under the title The Noise of Being, the 17th edition of the festival continues Sonic Acts' gradual change in perspective, from The Dark Universe (2013) to planet Earth (The Geologic Imagination, 2015), to this year's theme of what it means to be human. The festival includes an exhibition, a three-day conference, workshops, masterclasses, films and performances at various venues throughout the city. Artists and speakers include Dark Ecology participants BJ Nilsen, Espen Sommer Eide, HC Gilje, Jana Winderen, Justin Bennett, Karl Lemieux, Lukas Marxt, Signe Lidén and Susan Schuppli. The opening night at Paradiso is introduced by Joost Rekveld and features four new 35 mm Vertical Cinema films by Susan Schuppli, Karl Lemieux & BJ Nilsen, HC Gilje, and Lukas Marxt, all presented with a custom-built projector in vertical cinemascope. Susan Schuppli’s Atmospheric Feedback Loops shows the complex feedback processes of climate change; Karl Lemieux & BJ Nilsen Yujiapu explores desolate, empty urban landscapes; HC Gilje’s rift transforms flickering petrochemical textures and deep-time crude oil into colourful plastics; while Lukas Marxt’s Persistence of the Vacuum Without Grounding Definitions contemplates the impressive heavy industry of Murmansk. Visitors to the festival are invited on a journey to a 46 meter high former water tower in Sint Jansklooster for Espen Sommer Eide and Signe Lidén's Vertical Studies: Acoustic Shadows and Boundary Reflections. The tower has been re-imagined as a vertical field-lab where the artists will introduce their ongoing investigations into connections between sound, history, wind and weather. From 1 to 26 February, Jana Winderen will present her new sound installation Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, and Justin Bennett's three-part audiovisual installation Vilgiskoddeoayvinyarvi: Wolf Lake on the Mountains will be exhibited at Arti et Amicitiae. More information about the festival can be found here.