The 17th edition of Sonic Acts Festival takes place from 23 to 26 February 2017 in Amsterdam; titled The Noise of Being. The programme includes an exhibition, conference, performances, film programme, workshops, masterclasses and club nights at Paradiso, Stedelijk Museum, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Bimhuis, De Brakke Grond, OT301 and Arti et Amicitiae.
Sonic Acts has also commissioned a series of new audiovisual works and sound installations.

Teachers and students will enjoy special group benefits when bringing 5 or more people to Sonic Acts Festival. Instead of €90 you will pay €65 for a full programme passepartout. Separate student tickets are available for only €75. These tickets are valid for the complete programme of Sonic Acts Festival 2017, including the conference, film programme, performances, club nights & exhibition. In the list of tickets on our website you will find Group Tickets at the bottom of the list.

EXHIBITION, 1 – 26 FEB 2017
Join us on Wednesday 1 February at 19:00 to celebrate the exhibition opening. Five international artists — Justin Bennett, Zach Blas, Kate Cooper, Joey Holder, and Pinar Yoldas — have made site-specific and immersive installations.
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Find more programme information at the Sonic Acts – The Noise of Being website If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with Rick Everts: / 0031 20 626 4521.

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Besides the individual student and group discounts, The Noise of Being offers students the chance to get involved in festival excursions, workshops and volunteering opportunities. In the weeks leading up to and following the festival, there are a number of activities for artists, curators, students, theorists and cultural practitioners:

Excursion: Espen Sommer Eide and Signe Lidén in Sint Jansklooster, 1 & 23 February 2017
In their new collaborative work, Vertical Studies: Acoustic Shadows and Boundary Reflections, Norwegian artists Espen Sommer Eide and Signe Lidén invite visitors on a journey to a 46-metre high former water tower in St. Jansklooster. Here, the artists connect sound with the local history, wind and weather conditions, using a range of special instruments for this performance. Participants will experience live vertical studies outdoors and inside the tower’s spiral staircase, as an ascending vertical soundscape shaped by Eide and Lidén. Information on excursion timing, bus transportation and tickets is available here. Places are limited, so book early.
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Workshop by Ernst Karel – Through Sonic Ethnography, 21– 22 February
This two-day workshop will focus on what one might consider an ethnographic approach to the yoked practices of recording and composing. Ernst Karel makes electroacoustic music and experimental nonfiction sound works for multichannel installation and performance, and collaborates with filmmakers and artists in making audiovisual work. The deadline for application is 10 February 2017.
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Masterclass by Zach Blas – Two Outsides: Informatic Opacity & Contra-Internet, 27 February
This one-day workshop will be presented as an expanded lecture and theoretical seminar. ‘The outside is always an opening on to a future’, wrote philosopher Gilles Deleuze, ‘[it] is a thought of resistance’. Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose practice confronts technologies of surveillance, security, and control with minoritarian politics.
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Critical Writing Workshop with Jennifer Lucy Allen, 23 – 26 February
Over the course of the festival, workshop participants will focus on developing their writing craft (language, style, focus), have a chance to interview artists and theorists involved in the festival, and be given one-on-one feedback on texts written during Sonic Acts. Jennifer Lucy Allen, former editor of The Wire and current freelance journalist for multiple platforms, returns to facilitate the workshop. The deadline for application is 10 February 2017.
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Workshop by Pinar Yoldas – Speculative Biology: The Design of Biological Systems and Neo-organs, 23 February 2017
Workshop participants are invited to learn about our complex biological systems and organs, and explore how these could evolve under the influence of global environmental transformations. After a lesson in human biology, participants will be armed with materials to envision and design their own organs. The deadline for application is 10 February 2017.
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AZAADI (Ewa Justka, Poulomi Desai), Cilantro (Angélica Castelló & Billy Roisz), Ernst Karel, Evian Christ, Jennifer Walshe, the Arditti Quartet, Joost Rekveld, Juha, Kuedo + Werkflow, Le1f, Luke Fowler & Richard McMaster, Michael Oswell, Microtub (Robin Hayward, Peder Simonsen, Martin Taxt), Natasha Ginwala, Pure, Wartone, Yeah You and Yon Eta.

Aïsha Devi, Amy Cimini, An Ni, Armen Avanessian, Asher Levitas, Ben Russell, Bill Dietz, BJ Nilsen & Karl Lemieux, Christina Vantzou, Coucou Chloe, Daniel Rourke, David Roden, DJ Earl, DJ Marfox, EISBEIN, Emptyset, Erika Balsom, Erica Scourti, Ernst Karel, Espen Sommer Eide & Signe Lidén, Eyal Weizman, God Colony + Flohio, HC Gilje, Helen Verran, Ingrid Burrington, Jamon Van Den Hoek, Jana Winderen, Jennifer Lucy Allan, Jennifer Gabrys, JK Flesh, Joey Holder, John Also Bennett, John Palmesino, Justin Bennett, Kabir Carter, Kamixlo, Kara-Lis Coverdale + MFO, Kate Cooper, Keiko Prince, Killavesi + Adamn Killa, Klein, Laurie Penny, Lukas Marxt, Luke Fowler, Lyzza, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Matthew Biederman & Pierce Warnecke, Metahaven, Microtub, MSHR, My Sword, Nick Axel, Nidia Minaj, Nina Power, Noortje Marres, OHM (Geert-Jan Hobijn + Gijs Gieskes + Radboud Mens), Organ Tapes, Peter Burr, Peter Frase, Pinar Yoldas, Puce Mary, Rainer Kohlberger, Rick Dolphijn, Roly Porter + MFO, Sam Rolfes, Sarah J. Whatmore, Sergei Tcherepnin, Stefan Tcherepnin, Susan Schuppli, Uli K, VIOLENCE, Wendy Chun, Woody Sullender, Ytasha L. Womack and Zach Blas.

Stay tuned for more programme updates!

Sonic Acts Festival 2017 – The Noise of Being is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Mondriaan Fund, Fonds 21, VSBfonds, Performing Arts Fund NL, The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Paradiso, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, de Brakke Grond, Arti et Amicitiae, Bimhuis, OT301 and Natuurmonumenten.

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