Sonic Acts Academy 2018

Full programme announced for Sonic Acts Academy 2018
Unpacking the Processes of Artistic Knowledge
23–25 February

The second edition of Sonic Acts Academy takes place from 23 to 25 February 2018 at various venues in Amsterdam, including Dansmakers and Paradiso Noord – Tolhuistuin, with several pre-festival events at the EYE Filmmuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and Rijksakademie. Over the course of three days, Sonic Acts Academy will invite artists and thinkers to expand on their artistic research through lectures, artist presentations, films, performances and workshops. The complete programme and timetable are now online. Tickets are on sale at

Sonic Acts Academy 2018 will host artists and thinkers: Ane Hjort Guttu, Anni Nöps, Ase Manual, Benjamin Duboc, Birgit Bachler, Born in Flamez, Catherine Christer Hennix, Charmaine Chua, Christina Kubisch, Cocky Eek, Daniel Mann, Dinamarca, DJ Haram, DJ Lycox, Dreamcrusher, Drippin, Filipa César, Geng, Hilary Jeffery, Iris de Vries, Ivan Slipčević, Jelena Viskovic, Jennifer Lucy Allan, Jennifer Walshe, J.G. Biberkopf, Juha, Karl Klomp, Kei Kreutler, Kilbourne, Linn da Quebrada, Lorenzo Pezzani, Lyzza, Marcus Boon, Marcus Pal, Marija Bozinovska Jones, Mario de Vega, Martijn van Boven, M.E.S.H., Michele van Ool, Mijke Pasmans, Miron Galić, Moor Mother, Nicole Hewitt, Nora Sternfeld, PARADISE, patten, Rana Hamadeh, Renske Maria van Dam, Rick Dolphijn, Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Rozemarie Heggen, Sam Rolfes, Sasha Litvintseva, Signe Lidén, Solveig Suess, Susan Schuppli, Swan Meat, Victor Mazón Gardoqui, Vida Guzmić, Violence, Wartone, and Yun Ingrid Lee.

Sonic Acts Academy is a new platform for speculation and reflection, focusing on critical examination of knowledge production in the field of art. It is an experimental setting free of institutional pressure and privileged classrooms, and it enables us to test and quickly react to changes in both form and content of what we should know.

The second edition of Sonic Acts Academy features a range of international artists, academics, activists, curators, and theorists, ready to engage in an experimental setting free of institutional pressure and privileged classrooms. Their artistic and thought processes will be revealed in a variety of workshops, seminars, lectures, performances, screenings, and installations. The Academy also includes speculative ‘festival’ modules devised together with Continuum, Interaction Design (ArtEZ, Arnhem), ArtScience Interfaculty (KABK, The Hague), Centre for Research Architecture (Goldsmiths, University of London), Shadow Channel (Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam), and Research School for Media Studies (Utrecht University).

On Friday and Saturday, Sonic Acts Academy will present two club nights at Paradiso Noord – Tolhuistuin, as part of the ongoing Progress Bar series. Aiming to represent radical equality, communality and hopefulness, Progress Bar is a growing community of artists, academics, and activists who occupy clubs for a better politics.


16.02. 19:00–20:00
17.02. 14:00–15:00
Blue(s) in Green to the 31 Limit at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (World Premiere)

Two live performances by Catherine Christer Hennix, Benjamin Duboc, Rozemarie Heggen, Hilary Jeffery, and Marcus Pal as a part of a retrospective exhibition Catherine Christer Hennix: Traversée du Fantasme. This new piece is a continuation of Hennix’s ongoing experiments in micro-tonality, just intonation, and the space of sound.

18.02. 15:00–17:00
Catherine Christer Hennix: Sunday Seminar at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

A lecture by Marcus Boon about the work of Catherine Christer Hennix and an interview with the artist.

20.02. 21:15–23:15
Spell Reel – a collective film assembled by Filipa César at EYE Filmmuseum
2017, 96 min

A film and artist talk by Filipa César. Her films focus on Portuguese colonialism and the liberation of Guinea-Bissau in the 1960s and 1970s. Spell Reel navigates the possibility of archive material to act as a source of antidotes to a present day world in crisis.

22.02. 16:30–18:10
Time Passes by Ane Hjort Guttu at EYE Filmmuseum
2015, 47 min

A film and artist talk by Ane Hjort Guttu. Her docu-style film questions how to create engaged, political, and ethical art in the face of social inequality.

Sonic Acts Academy at various venues in Amsterdam
A weekend of critical examination of knowledge production in the field of art – a symposium, two club nights, and many installations, films, performances, lectures, DJs, panels, etc.

Sonic Acts Academy 2018 is organised in partnership with Paradiso, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, EYE Filmmuseum, and Dansmakers, and as part of Re- Imagine Europe. Supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Mondriaan Fund, Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, and Paradiso.