From 23 to 25 February, Sonic Acts took up residence in Amsterdam-Noord for the second edition of Sonic Acts Academy – a new platform geared towards unpacking the processes of artistic knowledge. Across three days, we turned to a diverse community of artists, teachers, tutors, mentors, thinkers and tinkerers, to exchange ideas and push for alternate pathways in the field of education and knowledge production. Read more.
As part of my work for Sonic Acts I am responsible for the promotional strategy and campaign for the monthly club night, Progress Bar. Progress Bar is a growing community of artists, academics and activists who occupy clubs for a better politics. When confronted with the world today – institutional inequality, neofascism, platform capitalism, austerity and a dying planet – being happy becomes a political act. Progress Bar supports radical club cultures that believe resistance is necessary in order to change the world. More info at progressbar.club
Sonic Acts Festival 2017, The Noise of Being, included a three-day conference and numerous performances from local and international artists, plus an extended film programme, exhibition, workshops and masterclasses at Paradiso, Stedelijk Museum, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Bimhuis, De Brakke Grond, Arti et Amicitiae and De School. More info at www.sonicacts.com
After being a freelancer for over five years, I’m now employed as full time Head of Marketing & Communicatios at Sonic Acts. I will be helping Sonic Acts with their overall marketing and communications strategy for their annual festival and events such as Progress Bar and Dark Ecology. Sonic Acts was founded in 1994. Over the years, Sonic Acts Festival has established itself as a thematic festival with a strong focus on contemporary and historical developments at the intersections of art, technology, music and science. Each festival edition explores the chosen theme by means of an international conference, a wide range of concerts and performances, exhibitions and screenings, and embraces a broad spectrum of fields, practices and disciplines.
I started working part time as senior communications manager for the NDSM Foundation. NDSM is the historical remainder of the largest shipyard in Amsterdam, now developing itself into a creative city at the north bank of the IJ river. The NDSM wharf has the promise to grow continuously as a gravity center of urban creative energy. NDSM remains an experimental urban environment, a self-made city. More info at ndsm.nl
The good people of Mind The Film made a mini documentary about Rewire 2015. Watch the impression video featuring interviews by Saskia Lankhoorn, Julianna Barwick, Thomas Ankersmit, Siinai, Gerben Louw and Tim Vermeulen. Performances by: Saskia Lankhoorn, Julianna Barwick, Thomas Ankersmit, Mbongwana Star, Jac Berrocal + David Fenech + Vincent Epplay, Blue Daisy, Holly Herndon, Yodok III, Neneh Cherry & Rocketnumbernine, Jenny Hval & Susanna and more. Rewire 2016 will take place on April 1, 2 and 3 at several venues in The Hague. And I will be there..
Niels Shoe Meulman (also known as Shoe) is an internationally known artist and graphic designer. He is born, raised and based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Meulman began tagging ‘Shoe’ in 1979 and became a graffiti legend by the time he was 18. In the eighties he met New York artists like Dondi, Rammellzee, Haze and Keith Haring. He then formed the Crime Time Kings with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together they gave graffiti in Europe its own distinctive style.
During the entire month of May 2012 I have been traveling through Japan. I visited big cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and experienced some special zen moments in small town villages like Hakone, Tsumago, Magome, Nara and Miyajima. One of the many highlights of my trip is the Naoshima island. The island is known for its many contemporary art museums. For example, the Chichu Art Museum (literally, “in the earth”) houses a number of site-specific installations by James Turrell, Walter De Maria and paintings by Claude Monet. Designed by Tadao Ando, it is located on one of the highest points of the island, and various exhibits and facets of the museum’s architecture take advantage of its commanding view. Another contemporary museum (and hotel) is Benesse House, also by Ando. Another is the Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum, with an outdoor sculpture garden. There are some pictures on my Flickr.
This summer I will be working for STEIM as PR manager on the Patterns + Pleasure Festival (Sept 26, 27, 28). STEIM (STudio for Electro-Instrumental Music) is a center for research and development of new musical instruments in the electronic performing arts, located in Amsterdam. STEIM supports artists in residence such as composers and performers, but also multimedia and video artists to develop set-ups which allow for improvisation and performance with individually designed technology. For more information about the Patterns + Pleasure Festivalgo to patternsandpleasure.com.