Sonic Acts

The Noise of Being

Wednesday 8 February 17:00-18:00 uur - Guided Tour by Nicky Assmann (part of the curatorial team of Sonic Acts) 19:00-00:00 - Taste The Doom at OT301 Wednesday 15 February 19:00-20:00 - Guided Tour by Nicky Assmann (part of the curatorial team of Sonic Acts) 20:00-21:30 - Interview with artist Joey Holder at Spui25 Wednesday 22 February 19:00-20:00 - Guided Tour by Nicky Assmann (part of the curatorial team of Sonic Acts)

Running from 1 to 26 February at Arti et Amicitiae, the exhibition The Noise of Being at Arti et Amicitiae features artworks and installations by international artists such as Joey Holder, Kate Cooper, Justin Bennett, Pinar Yoldas and Zach Blas. The artworks and installations reflect on how climate change, the Anthropocene, rapid technological advances and post-contemporary anxiety affect society, politics and the human body; they speculate on the future of humanity with science fiction scenarios, amorphous blobs, biological evolution, biometric governmentality, queerness, Artificial Intelligences and synthetic biology.

At Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ Jana Winderen will present her new sound installation ‘Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone’, with recordings from the Arctic.

Every day, artists, thinkers, hackers, diseases, natural disasters, stock market crashes, media, commodities, and fascist oligarchs administer us with a brutal portion of noise. But while confusion and insecurity prevail, no one would dare to refer to these times as the heyday of noise. In a culture insidiously regulated by rules, arrays, functions, borders and resolutions, the natural fluidity and irrational essence of being is trapped in rigid datasets, filed by drop-down windows and stuck in checkboxes. There is more at stake than noise, namely, the noise of being itself. Sonic Acts Festival – The Noise of Being is a chance for participants and visitors to speculate about the strange and anxious state of what it means to be human.

FESTIVAL, 23 – 26 FEB 2017
The exhibition is part of the Sonic Acts Festival that takes place from 23 till 26 February at various venues in Amsterdam. The festival includes a three-day conference and numerous performances from local and international artists, plus an extended film programme, workshops and masterclasses at Paradiso, Stedelijk Museum, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Bimhuis, De Brakke Grond and OT301.

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