Sonic Acts XIII Poetics of Space and STEIM programs


Sonic Acts XIII: Poetics of Space will take place February 25-28 in Paradiso, STEIM, Melkweg, De Balie, NIMk and the Planetarium. For this edition of Sonic Acts, STEIM has collaborated on several programs that tackle the festival theme of “space.”

Two Rooms Flipped – sound installation for two remote spaces, flipped by Hans W. Koch
Conflux – live performance for sound, light and fog by Yutaka Makino


STEIM has selected 2 artists to work towards a unique sound/space performance that will be premiered during the festival. Cologne based musician and composer Hans W. Koch thoughtfully and delightfully flips our ordinary tools and spaces to expose unnoticed characteristics. He will be working on an installation that connects two distant spaces within STEIM through an analytical feedback system where each room is influencing each other and sounds are generated by found objects within building. Berlin based sound artist Yutaka Makino examines with strict precision how sound can uniquely manifest within it’s given boundaries. He will be preparing for a series of intimate performances that will be held everyday in a space that he has defined for his composition.

Two Rooms Flipped by Hans W. Koch
Feb 26, 27, 28
Opening hours 12:00 – 17:00
at STEIM Office Side Entrance
Acthergracht 19, 1017WL Amsterdam

Conflux by Yutaka Makino
Feb 26, 27, 28
Performance at 18:00 and 19:00
at Melkweg Media Room
Lijnbaansgracht 234a, 1017 PH Amsterdam

Session 1: Presentation by Hans W. Koch & Yutaka Makino


Hans W. Koch and Yutaka Makino both cross seamlessly between performance, composition, installation and technology. They will talk about the process of their residency as well as touching upon their general practice as interdisciplinary artists. Both of their work will be shown every day during the festival period of Feb 26 – 28.

Session 2: Organized Spaces with Cafe Oto / London, Birdcage / Stockholm, Amsterdam, Beijing, Worm / Rotterdam


Whether it’s paying high rent in the city or facing fund cuts from the government, organizing a “venue” for experimental arts is always a struggle. In an ever changing economical and cultural (or are they the same?) landscape how can you sustain a space that presents non-mainstream work but is also accessible to the wider public? Is this a highly local matter or are there models that can be implemented internationally? Many musicians including Otomo Yoshihide and Evan Parker has named Cafe Oto in London as their favorite venue in the world. Birdcage has traveled to 3 cities asking local artists to make work that is highly localized. And Worm in Rotterdam is always cool, with their activity range from dance parties to field recording workshops and subversive social networking apps. We invite the master minds behind these 3 organizations to talk about their spaces and discuss some of the issues they face.

Thursday, Feb 25 2010
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 10:00 – 17:00 hrs.
Charge: Free
reservation only, limited to 30 participants
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10:00 Coffee
10:30 – 12:00 Session 1 (2 presentations)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Session 2 (3 presentation + panel)
15:00 open talks and drinks
17:00 move to NIMK for festival

Presentation: Steven Connor “Auscultations (Listening In)”
Panel Discussion: “The hot space in music”: Steve Connor, Yutaka Makino, Hans W. Koch and Takuro Mizuta Lippit


Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck College London, Steven Connor will give his talk Auscultations (Listening In), a rethinking of listening through tinnitus and other internal body sounds. After Connor’s presentation, STEIM’s Artistic Director Takuro Mizuta Lippit will moderate a panel discussion on issues surrounding music and it’s different modes of presentation. How does high definition in space change the performance of music and it’s perception? What are the compositional materials and instruments for a music that intends to go beyond the conventional trajectories of stereo and a concert halls? As an audience where do we listen?

Saturday, Feb 27
Time:16:15 – 18:00
Venue: De Balie
Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10
1017 RR Amsterdam

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Hans W. Koch

Yutaka Makino

Steven Connor

Cafe Oto



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