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Wet Sounds at Zollverein Coal Mine

The ISEA Ruhr 2010 symposium started in Essen at Zollverein, a huge mining complex that for a century and a half was one of the main sources of cole in Germany. After it stopped operating in recent years the local governament turned it into an archaeological park, housing several cultural centers as well as a museum of industrial heritage, an open air cinema and swimming pool. It is hard to imagine the racket, stench and vile fumes that the workers were subject to here before it was sanitized and turned into a weekend resort. The klang of steel, the hissing of steam and the rumble of furnaces have been replaced by peaceful and quiet walkways surrounded by greenery, family attractions such as an exhibition on The Beatles, and, for a few days only this august, an underwater sound art gallery curated by Joel Cahen. The London based dj has been touring swimming pools around Europe with the Wet Sounds project since 2008. Manning a console protected by a few colorful umbrellas,  he mined deep in his archive and mixed all sorts of auditory memorabilia, pouring frequencies on screaming children and delighting those participating at the ISEA conference as well as the regular visitors.

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In-Ear Tones

At the exhibition held during Sonic Acts at the NIMK I made this binaural recording of Jacob Kirkegaard’s installation version of his work Labyrinthitis

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You can find a good review by Douglas Kahn on this piece here

At the final concert of the festival, held in the Artis Planetarium, Naut Humon and Edwin van der Heide played Maryanne Amacher’s Plaything, here is a binaural recording of the concert

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The Poetics Of The Conference Space

The 2010 edition of Sonic Acts festival was a brilliant and unique event. Centering it’s discourse on artistic practices which create spatial experiences trough a variety of media, it proposed a dense program spanning four days in several locations in Amsterdam.

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Why Op Art is better than Op Art

Questioning the way we reconstruct reality from our sensory perceptions, the exhibition presented by TAG at Club Transmediale 2010 displayed works employing different strategies to produce and reveal spurious conclusions in our cognitive apparatus. Optical nerves were fiddled with further by Zilvinas Kempinas’s White Noise exhibited at the House of World Cultures.

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The User - Coincidence Engines I & II

At the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin canadian artist duo The User exhibited the first two installations of a series called Coincidence Engines.  Tributing Gyorgy Ligeti for his use of metronomes in Poeme Symphonique the artists explore themes such as regimentation, multiplicity, (im)perfection and entropy.

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Sonic Interaction Design

In his lecture entitled “Sonic Interaction Design” Chris Salter talked about designing interfaces to shape the sounds of everyday objects and environments. At the exhibition Esquisses at the Substitute gallery we found a couple of related projects from students of the Art Academy in Bern.

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Instrument builders and performers

During Club Transmediale’s lecture program Robert Henke and Takuro Mizuta Lippit talked about making hardware and software musical instruments. The concepts they discussed were explored further during a set of performances, the core of these beeing the “extended eclectics” night at WMF curated by STEIM.

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