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.
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).
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
Metronome is my new club night at OT301 in Amsterdam. “A fixed aural pulse of electronic music”. I invited two very special guests for the second edition on Friday February 19th. Unit Moebius Anonymous, the act risen from the legendary techno band Unit Moebius, which is the keystone of the notorious Acid Planet days. Their influences are still to be heard in contemporary dance music. Even Aphex Twin claimed to be a fan! And Marsman, who has been making an impressive uprise in the last few years. hand in hand with a wide variety of artists whom he cherishes as his own family. And all of this is going down on his acknowledged label: Pinkman. Lately he added Charlois as a new imprint to the imperium. More information here: www.metronome.amsterdam
After working on two succesfull editions of Rewire Festival in The Hague (2014/2015), I’m now busy buiding a fresh new campaign strategy for 2016 (April 1-3). Rewire is an annual international festival for adventurous music. The festival presents a broad programme with a focus on contemporary electronic music, neo-classical, new jazz, experimental pop, sound art and multidisciplinary collaborations. First announced artists are Animal Collective, Mica Levi & Stargaze present Under The Skin, Battles, Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld, Xiu Xiu plays Twin Peaks, Ben UFO, amongst others. Check rewirefestival.nl