Sonic Acts Biennial 2022

Sonic Acts Biennial 2022

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Sonic Acts Biennial 2022 takes place from 30 September to 23 October at various locations across Amsterdam.

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Three weekends of exhibition visits, performances and talks will be accompanied throughout October by in/outdoor sound installations, workshops, excursions and other public events.

For almost three decades, Sonic Acts has sought to celebrate new developments in electronic and digital artforms. Taking place throughout October, Sonic Acts Biennial 2022 is staged across various locations, interweaving three weekends of exhibition openings, performances and lectures that will be accompanied by in/outdoor sound installations, artist presentations, workshops, excursions and more events yet to be announced.

Back in full force this year, the biennial international festival now stretches beyond its standard format. It emphasises collaborative knowledge creation, as well as experimental sound and moving image that attunes and responds to ecological thinking. Through thought-provoking interventions, the biennial asks how we can care, collectively and despite exhaustion of energies, for what we cannot see or understand. The three weekends around which the biennial revolves provide a slow immersion into the environmental humanities and contemporary art practices responding to the urgency of pollution.

one sun after another

one sun after another, taking place from 30 September to 23 October, expands the long-term Sonic Acts research trajectory on the implications and origins of the climate crisis, and focuses on the irrevocable, intertwined nature of pollution and time. Unfolding at three locations in Amsterdam – W139, Zone2Source in Amstelpark, and Het HEM in Zaandam – the exhibition moves across ecological and temporal scales.

With works by Andrea Galano Toro • Cesar Majorana; Danny Osborne • Patrick Thompson • Alexa Hatanaka • Sarah McNair-Landry • Eric McNair-Landry • Erik Boomer and Raven Chacon • Félix Blume • John Grzinich • Julian Charrière • Leanne Wijnsma • Louis Braddock Clarke and Zuzanna Zgierska • Lucky Dragons (Sarah Rara, Luke Fischbeck) • Maryam Monalisa Gharavi and Sam Levine • MELT (Isabel Paehr, Loren Britton) • Seline Buttner • Tomoko Sauvage and more artists and events to be announced.

Sound Art

During the second weekend of Sonic Acts Biennial 2022, 7–9 October, Sonic Acts presents an extensive sound art programme at Het Hem and other venues across Amsterdam. Het Hem will host a radical diffusion of sound in space: an iteration of INA GRM’s Acousmonium, built in collaboration with Sonic Acts for the 2022 Biennial. Comprising musical performances, audiovisual works, immersive installations, site-specific field explorations & workshops, and more to be announced, the programmed activities follow Sonic Acts’ long-term focus on sonic ecologies and pollution. More information about the artists and events will be revealed later this summer.

Leaving Traces

The Sonic Acts symposium convenes over the weekend of 15 and 16 October with a series of talks and workshops on the interconnected ways that pollution affects all things living and nonliving. This speculative series is led by international artists and thinkers at Likeminds in Amsterdam, along with an evening performance programme taking place there and at Singelkerk. Leaving Traces asks how we can care, collectively, for others amidst toxicities that so often evade human perception.

Leading on from the discursive programme, Sonic Acts is honoured to present a newly commissioned chapter of Aura Satz's feature film Preemptive Listening, made in collaboration with sound artist BJ Nilsen. The symposium will close with evening performances by an exciting lineup of sound artists.

With talks and presentations from Angeliki Balayannis • Aura Satz; Dani Admiss • Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou and Agnès Villette • Mary Maggic • MELT (Isabel Paehr, Loren Britton) • Nerea Calvillo • Sasha Engelmann and Sophie Dyer and others to be announced soon.


A very limited amount of passepartout tickets are now available for €65. These tickets offer the opportunity to plan your Sonic Acts visits in advance, granting entry to almost all festival events throughout October (RSVP required). Weekend and day tickets for each of the programmes will be made available later this summer, as well as individual event tickets closer to the biennial.

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