Dark Ecology comes to the Sonic Acts Festival in Amsterdam
From 26 February – 1 March 2015, the Sonic Acts Festival will take place in Amsterdam. The research that we have been conducting for Dark Ecology, and the Dark Ecology Journey in October 2014, was crucial to the development of this year’s Sonic Acts festival theme The Geologic Imagination.
Dark Ecology, First Journey Report
We hope that this encounter, examination, or exploration will take many forms. In this sense Dark Ecology and the first journey are an experiment. It’s about imagination as well, imagining a past, a future, a politics, our connections. It’s also about trying to imagine something larger than us humans.
Justin Bennett – Vilgiskoddeoayvir: Wolf Lake on the Mountains
At 12 kilometres deep, the Kola Superdeep Borehole is one of the deepest man-made holes on Earth. The Borehole was a Soviet geology research project that started during the Cold War. Justin Bennett created a soundwalk for this abandoned site.
1 – 3 February, Murmansk
The audiovisual festival, Inversia, organised for the second time by the Dark Ecology partner Fridaymilk, is the first of its kind in the European Arctic. It represents a platform for researching the phenomenon of darkness, coldness and isolation, and it aims to bridge the gap between traditional culture and new media and DIY culture. Here, Living Earth will showcase works by BJ Nilsen, Justin Bennett, and the Vertical Cinema, with screenings of seven experimental films made for the vertical screen format. Living Earth will also offer two workshops; a Critical Writing Academy, and a Field Recording Lab.
8 February – 13 May, Oslo
SALT is a nomadic arts venue that launched in Sandhornøy in Northern Norway in 2014. In 2017, it opened at Oslo harbour, just opposite the Opera House in Bjørvika. Inspired by the traditional fish drying structures used on the Norwegian coast, SALT’s architecture points back to its original site: to the ocean and to the environmental concerns surrounding it. Living Earth will present seven Dark Ecology commissions at SALT, including both durational pieces occupying the SALT structures, as well as performances. This showcase will include works by BJ Nilsen, HC Gilje, Justin Bennett, Jana Winderen, Tatjana Gorbachewskaja & Katya Larina, Signe Lidén, and Cecilia Jonsson.