‘SONIC ACTS ACADEMY’ 26t/m28 Februari 2016

About the Sonic Acts Academy
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.

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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, 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.

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On Saturday 27 February Sonic Acts in collaboration with Viral Radio takes over Paradiso. Featuring over twenty dj’s and live performances, the programme 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 and Juha.

Student discount
For groups of students and teachers (up to 8 people) a special discount price is available. For teachers a professional accreditation is available here, including tickets for individual events as well as passepartouts. To find out more about additional discounts or if you are looking into buying tickets for a larger group, please contact Rick Everts via rick@sonicacts.com or 0031 20 626 4521.

Opportunities for students
Besides the individual student and group discounts, we would like to inform you about the workshops and volunteering opportunities. In the weeks preceding and following the Academy, there will be workshops for artists, curators, students, theorists and cultural practitioners:

Workshop with Susan Schuppli, 25 & 26 February 2016
This very special two-day workshop led by artist and researcher Susan Schuppli, consists of a field trip to the Cabauw Experimental Site for Atmospheric Research (Cesar) where participants will be introduced to some of Cesar’s methods and processes. This knowledge will then be unpacked the following day in a practice-oriented workshop, dealing with questions relating to how investigative tools that scientists have developed can be used to make the changes in our atmosphere legible or visible, and even re-narrate them. The deadline for application is 5 February 2016. More information about the workshop and applying can be found here.

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Critical Writing Workshop Describing the Indescribable, 26 – 28 Feb 2016
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. The deadline for application is 5 February 2016. More information about the workshop and applying can be found here.

Voice Odder Workshop, 26 February 2016
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. For beginners and experienced participants! The deadline for application is 5 February 2016. More information about the workshop and applying can be found here.

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#Additivism Workshop, 29 Feb-1 Mar 2016
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. The deadline for application is 5 February 2016. More information about the workshop and applying can be found here.

Volunteering – To make the Sonic Acts Academy happen, we are looking for volunteers to assist with various tasks, such as communication, photography, production and the information desk. Grab the opportunity to become part of the Sonic Acts Academy team! Please apply through volunteer@sonicacts.com.

Find more information about the programme at the Sonic Acts Academy website www.sonicacts.com.
If you have any questions or would like more information feel free to reach out to Rick Everts: rick@sonicacts.com / 0031 20 626 4521.

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