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Sonic Acts Biennial 2022: one sun after another

September 30–October 23, 2022

The biennial international festival Sonic Acts will take place from September 30 to October 23 in a number of venues in and around Amsterdam, including W139, Het HEM, Likeminds, OT301, Zone2Source, and Singelkerk. The 2022 Biennial deviates from the typical festival format by offering three weekends of exhibition openings, shows, lectures, concerts, artist presentations, workshops, excursions, and more.

Sonic Acts has aimed to highlight fresh advancements in electronic and digital artforms for almost three decades. Sonic Acts’ biennial program for 2022 places an emphasis on collective knowledge creation as well as innovative sound and moving image that is sensitive to and responsive to ecological thought. The Biennial offers an immersion into the environmental humanities and cutting-edge artistic practices reacting to the issue of pollution through provocative interventions.

Participating artists and researchers include Agnès Villette and Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou, Aho Ssan, Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh, Áine O’Dwyer, Ale Hop and Tatiana Heuman; Alexa Hatanaka, Danny Osborne, Eric McNair-Landry, Erik Boomer, Patrick Thompson, Raven Chacon and Sarah McNair-Landry; Andrea Galano Toro, Angeliki Balayannis, Anthea Caddy, Antonia Alampi, Arnaud Rivière, Aura Satz, Ben Bertrand, Bloedneus en de Snuitkever, Bride, Cesar Majorana, Dani Admiss, Dania, Debit, Enrico Malatesta, Félicia Atkinson, Félix Blume, Femke Dekker, Hüma Utku, Jessica Ekomane, John Grzinich, Julian Charrière, Kali Malone, Kent Chan, Lance Laoyan, Leanne Wijnsma, Leila Bordreuil, Louis Braddock Clarke and Zuzanna Zgierska, Lucky Dragons, Lucy Railton, Maria Komarova, Mary Maggic, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Mazen Kerbaj, MELT, Music Research Strategies and Dirar Kalash, Natalie Dixon, Nerea Calvillo, Nicole L’Huillier, Nina Garcia, Nishat Awan, Olivia Block; pantea, u-matic and Telematique; PLF, Russell Haswell and Hugo Esquinca, Sam Lavigne, Samson Young, Sarah Davachi and Nemø ensemble, Sasha Engelmann and Sophie Dyer, Seline Buttner, Soundcamp, Stephen O’Malley, Tarek Atoui and Tomoko Sauvage. More artists and speakers are to be announced.

The Sonic Acts Biennial 2022 exhibition one sun after another, which debuts on September 30, explores different incarnations of time through immersive audiovisual bee choirs, the tracking of a microbe embedded in lithium as it travels from a Chilean mine to a digital device, and the exploration of deep time through lead-encased nuclear coconuts from the Bikini Atoll. In certain locations, artistic study speculates on the mineral riches in Greenland, which are now accessible due to melting ice, while in other places it traces the evolution of exhaust created by the oil and other extractive sectors. Visual storytelling on enormous ice walls in the Canadian Arctic change with tidal movements and are accompanied by a cacophony of environmental field recordings.

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