Sonic Acts Academy 2018

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.

Progress Bar Season 3

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

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

New fulltime job for Sonic Acts

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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.

Rewire 2016 aftermovie

As the summer is drawing to a close the time has come to release the Rewire 2016 aftermovie. The short cinematographic documentary style film captures the highlights of Rewire 2016. The sixth edition of the international festival for adventurous music took place April 1-3 across ten stages at seven venues in the city centre of The Hague, the Netherlands. The film features interviews with James Holden, Vessel, Black Rain, Pete Swanson, Jlin, André de Ridder, Gwyneth Wentink, Wouter Snoei. Watch the film below. The film is made by the kind people of Mind The Film (www.mindthefilm.co.uk).

New Project: Sagra Food&Wine

Sagra is een winkel, gespecialiseerd in Italiaanse wijnen, grappa’s, olijfolie, pasta, salades, koffie en meer. Voor de heropening van de winkel ben ik gevraagd om communicatieadvies te geven. Naast de inzet van social media zal er een nieuwe huisstijl en website worden ontwikkeld. Ook zal er lokaal worden gepromooot door middel van direct mailings en free publicity. Sagra is gevestigd op Plantage Kerklaan 24 in Amsterdam. Ga voor meer informatie naar sagra.nl.

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Rewire 2015 impression video

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..

New project: In Code

Gwyneth Wentink, Wouter Snoei en Arnout Hulskamp present ‘In Code’. An audiovisual performance of ‘In C’ by Terry Riley with harp, electronica and visuals. “In C” by Terry Riley is shrouded in mystery. Rumored to be the first piece of minimal music ever written, it doesn’t have a fixed running time. Most renditions of this mysterious piece run somewhere between 45 or 90 minutes. Originallty arranged for 35 musicians, Wouter Snoei and Gwyneth Wenting made adjustments for electronica and harp. I will be helping the team with their PR and communications strategy.

Interview with Los Bangeles

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Los Bangeles is based in the Netherlands (Rotterdam) and was founded in 2009 as an audiovisual weblog, focused on the sights and sounds of the U.S. West Coast. In January 2011 Los Bangeles developed into an online magazine passionately dedicated to telling the stories of creative individuals and innovative brands. For their blog they did interviews with Jameszoo, Ted Langenbach and many others. As a partner of 5 Days Off 2013, Loas Bangeles wanted to know something more about the festival and the people behind the scenes. So they asked me a couple of questions. You can read the whole interview here.

Disquiet TV presents a unique concert streaming service

I’m asked to help promote a project called Disquiet TV. A unique and interactive virtual auditorium for contemporary music, established in conjunction with the multimedia label Disquiet. No other digital concert hall lets its audience get as close or as interactive with the music. Viewers can not only watch live streams of contemporary music events, but also choose from multiple video feeds, chat with other audience members using Twitter or through the website itself, talk to performers in backstage interviews and even direct the cameramen.

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Firestarter Files kicks off with 22tracks for new documentary series

‘Taking over the world 22tracks at a time’ is the first documentary of the Firestarter Files, a series of short documentaries about new initiatives and start-ups. The first Firestarter File is about the story of Gilles de Smit & Vincent Reinders, or better known as 22tracks; the digital jukebox with 22 playlists. Firestarters followed Vincent and Gilles to Paris where the launch of 22tracks Paris took place and then continued the journey to Brussels, Amsterdam and London. Check out the story of 22tracks in a nutshell and see how they are taking over the world, track by track.

Impact Festival Mixed Media Program

Impakt presents critical and creative views on contemporary media culture. They organize an annual festival in Utrecht and all year through events, internet projects, residencies and workshops. For their Mixed Media education program IMPACT asked me to teach the kids from the Leidsche Rijn College something about social media and music promotion. Other guest teachers are Bas Vermolen, Hoax, Henk Loorbach and Sarah Marhilde Domogala.

Vodafone Firestarters

Firestarters is a platform for innovation on topics regarding film & photography, gaming, sustainability, eHealth, art & creation, fashion and music. Firestarters aims at connecting innovators by offering them possibilities to interact. Blueprint Media asked me to help them find interesting speakers and topics for the Firestarters events. In August and September I will be working as program coordinator together with partners PICNIC, n8, voordekunst, GUP, Food Film Festival and many more..

Virtueel Platform HOT100

Apart form my job at STEIM, I’ll be working on a project for Virtueel Platform this summer. Virtueel Platform is the sector institute for e-culture in the Netherlands. Its mission is to stimulate and strengthen cultural innovation by sharing knowledge about e-culture and increasing its visibility and scope. My job is to promote their event HOT100 at PICNIC Festival 2011. The HOT100 brings together the crème de la crème of the Dutch art academies, universities and universities of applied science in the fields of design, theory, communication or development skills. These talented students will soon be working or have recently started working in the new media sector. More information about VP and HOT100 here.