Workshops, seminars and guided exhibition tours at Sonic Acts Festival 2019

Published on Dec 15, 2018

Sonic Acts is pleased to announce a special educational programme for Sonic Acts Festival 2019, including numerous workshops, seminars and guided exhibition tours. Running in tandem with the festival, these activities will provide opportunities for participants to engage with and contribute to discussions that will be provoked throughout the rest of the programme, as well as to open up new perspectives and exchange ideas with artists and fellow participants. Further details about the workshops, seminars and exhibition programme will be revealed soon.

Following the success of previous Critical Writing workshops, a new edition takes place in 2019, from 21 to 24 February. Emerging writers and critics are invited to cover the festival and interview participating artists, while engaging with artistic practice as a means to explore new ideas. The workshop focuses on specific aspects of the craft of writing, including language, style and focus.

In keeping with her ongoing project Electrical Walks, pioneering sound installation artist Christina Kubisch leads a three-day workshop, from 25 to 27 February, that explores an otherwise imperceptible urban soundscape, opening up a remarkable view of our everyday environment. Kubisch’s public walks use specially made headphones that receive electromagnetic signals from the environment and convert them into sound.

The Critical Writing workshop this year will focus on the different critical modes that can be used to write about, describe and discuss art, theory, sound and music, while thinking about how to package ideas. Lead by theorist, editor, writer and lecturer Arie Altena and supported by media theorist and musician Katía Truijen, participants will cover the conference, performances and other events during the festival, and have a chance to interview artists and theorists.

Led by Rick Dolphijn, Sonic Acts and Platform for Posthuman Ecologies and the Contemporary (post)-Humanities (Utrecht University) are organising a seminar in collaboration with the Research School for Media Studies (RMeS). The seminar comprises a close reading session, a workshop with prominent guests – among others, Rosi Braidotti and Susanne Winterling – and a Sonic Acts festival visit and intervention, and aims to map some key thoughts that relate to life and death from a posthuman perspective.

In addition, visitors to Sonic Acts Festival 2019 can engage with site-specific and immersive installations commissioned or restaged specially for the festival’s multi-site exhibition programme, with guided tours offering first-hand insight from curators and researchers, as well as the artists themselves.

To apply for one of the workshops, please send your motivation and CV to workshop[at]sonicacts[dot]com. Participants pay a contribution of €50 for the seminar led by Rick Dolphijn, €60 for the Critical Writing workshop and €75 for the workshop led by Christina Kubisch. The deadline for applications is 1 February. More details and official calls for applications can be found via the links below.

Call for applications: Seminar on Contemporary Theory, Creativity, the Earth and Us

Call for applications: The Hidden City workshop with Christina Kubisch

Call for applications: Critical Writing workshop

Guided exhibition tours take place on Thursday 21 February 16:00 – 18:00, Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February 12:30 – 14.30. All tours start from Arti et Amicitiae and move on to De Brakke Grond. Tours are free for Arti card holders, Sonic Acts Festival Pass holders and art students. No reservations are necessary.

Sonic Acts Festival 2017, Pinar Yoldas workshop. Photo by Pieter Kers.