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Day: Panel – Exploration of the Universe

Friday 22 Feb - 10:30–12:45 - De Balie

The first conference panel will look into outer space. How do we accumulate knowledge of our universe? Radio telescopes scour the skies, satellites and man-made robots travel the spaceways and transmit data to Earth. How did this exploration evolve? What are we learning at the moment? And what is the future of human exploration of outer space?

Gerard ’t Hooft: ‘Human Expansion into Outer Space?’

Human presence in the Universe is now a fact, although we can hardly speak of a physical human presence. Man-made robots have sniffed at all the planets in our Solar System, and even moons and dwarf planets have been visited, or our emissaries are under way. What can we expect from these developments in the [...] Open
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Gerard ‘t Hooft

Gerard ’t Hooft (NL) is a Dutch theoretical physicist and professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He was joint winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics (with Martinus J. G. Veltman) for elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interactions. His book Playing with Planets shares insights into scientific and technological developments and the future [...]

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Friday 22 February
10:30-12:45

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De Balie

Pascale Ehrenfreund: ‘Recent Space Exploration and Search for Life’

Ever since humans have looked into the sky they have wondered if life exists elsewhere in the universe. Astrobiology is one of the frontiers of 21st-century science. We have begun studying the chemistry of other planets, searching for possible signs of, for instance, extraterrestrial microbial life. Open

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Friday 22 February
10:30-12:45

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De Balie

David P. D. Munns: ‘A Single Sky: Learning to See the Heavens – and the World – through Radio’

Humanity now sees the universe with far more than merely its eyes. The last half-century has exploded the once comfortable notion of astronomy as a science centred on seeing. Since the invention of radio, we now listen to the universe and rockets transport telescopes and detectors into space itself to receive all the information the [...] Open

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Friday 22 February
10:30-12:45

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De Balie

Day: Panel – Dark Signals

Friday 22 Feb - 14:00–15:30 - De Balie

In the panel Dark Signals the focus shifts towards the arts, and how they explore unknown behaviours of sound and electromagnetic signals. Raviv Ganchrow sheds light on how he researches sound and listening. Honor Harger shows how contemporary arts take inspiration from science, especially physics and astronomy, and how artistic research feeds back into science.

Raviv Ganchrow: ‘Listening Sites’

Raviv Ganchrow’s talk explores contextual approaches to sites of listening in his recent work. It includes musings on the making of Fray (a site-specific installation questioning our sense of situatedness within a relational understanding of place) as well as two works-in-progress concerning critical sites of radio production, namely a Long-Wave transmitter and a Hörspiel studio. [...] Open

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Friday 22 February
14:00 - 15:20

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De Balie

Honor Harger: ‘The Dark Arts’

Our understanding of the dark universe is not just the result of scientific research and technological innovation. Artists and musicians have been active in producing some of the most powerful and persistent ideas about the possibilities of the invisible universe that surrounds us. Much as cartographers of the past worked hand-in-hand with the artists who [...] Open

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Friday 22 February
14:00 - 15:20

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De Balie

Day: Panel – The dark side of the universe

Friday 22 Feb - 16:00–17:30 - De Balie

These are exciting times for particle physics and cosmology. It appears that the elusive Higgs boson was detected in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in July 2012. Theoretical physics and cosmology develop mindboggling models of how our universe functions. And there are many more experiments happening in deep underground laboratories that are seeking evidence
that underpins our theories of our universe and the fundamental laws of nature.

Michael Doser: ‘Does the Universe Have a Dark Side?’

The Universe we see with our eyes is only a small fraction of what is out there, and what we think should be there, doesn’t appear to be. The past two decades have seen many new observations and experimental results that paint a complex picture. Michael Doser will talk about dark matter, antimatter, dark energy, [...] Open

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Friday 22 February
16:00 - 17:30

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De Balie

Raphael Bousso: ‘The World as a Hologram: Black Holes, Information, and the Quest for a Unified Theory of Nature’

Black holes are among the most enigmatic phenomenon in nature. Forged from the gravitational force itself, they absorb all matter that falls into them, allowing nothing to escape. Yet, black holes do emit a faint glow: as Stephen Hawking first realised, they slowly morph into a vast cloud of radiation and ultimately disappear. After 40 [...] Open

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Friday 22 February
16:00 - 17:20

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De Balie

Evening: Spectral bliss

Friday 22 Feb - 20:00–00:00 / doors 19:30 - Paradiso

An exciting programme mixing expanded cinema and performances, all in full colour, that exposes the intricacies and complexities of our perception. The senses are triggered, explored and manipulated with coloured light, precise sounds and vibrations.

Joost Rekveld: ‘#11, Marey <-> Moiré’

In the award-winning #11, Marey <-> Moiré (21’ NL 1999 35mm), Joost Rekveld creates moving patterns from filaments of intersecting lights. The visual effects are inspired by the theories of Etienne-Jules Marey, a scientist who researched how natural movements could be documented through the medium of film. Open

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Friday 22 February
20:00-20:20

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Paradiso

William Raban: ‘Wave Formations’

Wave Formations (1977) is an expanded cinema performance, performed live by William Raban, using three screens and sound. It articulates a seascape by using primarily colour fields and a soundtrack. Three colour fields pulse in and out – blue, red and green. The hiss of waves is heard as the colours rise and subside. Open

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Friday 22 February
20:20 - 20:45

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Paradiso

Tim Wright & Theo Burt: ‘Bastard Structures II’

In their new collaboration Bastard Structures II (2012) Tim Wright and Theo Burt link digital sound to geometry. Intense strobe effects are projected on two walls in a corner of a room to create an intense and perception-distorting show. These digitally projected sonic and visual structures seemingly rearrange the geometry of the room – a [...] Open

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Friday 22 February
20:45 - 21:15

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Paradiso

Rose Kallal: ‘Apeiron’

A magical expanded cinema performance. Using 16mm film projectors Rose Kallal creates a constantly changing collage of overlapping abstract images, linear geometric patterns, glowing lines, and suggestive shapes. The film will be accompanied with modular synthesis, created with a modular synthesizer. This performance of  ’Apeiron’ will be a world première. Open

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Friday 22 February
21:15 - 21:45

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Paradiso

Yamila Ríos & Joris Strijbos: ‘COVEX’

In the audiovisual performance COVEX (2012), Yamila Ríos and Joris Strijbos explore the relations between electroacoustic sound and diffracted light patterns. An extended cello creates a mass of sound, which morphs from a complex noisy environment of fast, fragmented textures to a serene, harmonic drone. Shooting laser beams through transparent objects results in an effect known as a ‘speckle [...] Open

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Friday 22 February
21:45 - 22:15

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Paradiso

Makino Takashi: ‘[2012]3D’

Makino Takashi has created a 3D version of his experimental film 2012 for Sonic Acts. He has given it the simple title [2012]3D. It consists of images he generated and edited during 2012. Projected as a single channel work, he mixes the soundtrack live, sitting close to the screen. Open

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Friday 22 February
22:15 - 23:00

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Paradiso

The Synchronator Orchestra

The Synchronator Orchestra is a live performance project in which several artists produce sound as well as visuals, using a Synchronator device. The device translates three channels of audio input into the primary colour channels of an analogue video signal. Featuring Justin Bennett, Tina Frank, Billy Roisz, Jérôme Noetinger, and the developers of the Synchronator, [...] Open

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Friday 22 February
23:00 - 23:45

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Paradiso

Nenad Popov & Klara Ravat: ‘Eucariotic Punk’

Nenad Popov and Klara Ravat took the idea of live cinema literally and developed methods to grow specific kinds of organisms directly on 16mm film loops, mostly friendly species of fungi like moulds or yeast. The biological processes transform the film while it runs through the projector. This results in a variety of evolving landscapes [...] Open

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Friday 22 February
Saturday 23 February
20:00 - 23:00
20:00 - 23:00

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Paradiso

Night: Indigo Aera meets Tape The Bright Universe

Friday 22 Feb - 00:00–05:00 - Paradiso

Indigo Aera and Tape join forces for a full night’s party at Sonic Acts. In the main hall Indigo Aera presents James Ruskin, Ø [Phase] (for the first time in the Netherlands), Maarten Mittendorf & Jasper Wolff, and Makam. And at the same time Tape launches its new concept ‘live series’ – a series of live sets by artist who bring their own hardware and gear, with Juju & Jordash (IL), John Heckle
(UK), Gifted & Blessed (US), and Tape residents Berend, Jeroen & Olff. Indigo Aera is the Detroit-techno label of Maarten Mittendorf & Jasper Wolff. Tape organises techno events and has just started a record label.

Exhibition The Dark Universe

12 Jan–24 Feb - 12:00–22:00 - NASA

The Dark Universe is the unknown universe, the universe that remains mysterious. The Dark Universe is also the weird universe that draws us in and enfolds us in its shroud, blacker than burned black. Seekers of the unknown and the undiscovered must be able to imagine the impossible. Where science uses technology to reveal what lies beyond the scope of our perceptions, The Dark Universe exhibition displays works that use light and sound to seduce and confuse the senses, works thatexplore the boundaries of our perception. The Dark Universe exhibition features Supernova (Cassiopeia A) by Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves; Revolver by HC Gilje; Ivana Franke’s Seeing With Eyes Closed; Event Horizon by Matthew Biederman; Matthijs Munnik’s Citadels: Lightscape V; Black Rain by Semiconductor; Materia Obscura by Jürgen Reble; ~~kulunka~~ by Yolanda Uriz Elizalde; and the soundwalk Spectral Analysis WG by Justin Bennett.
Kicking off the festival, The Dark Universe exhibition opens on 12 January with a programme of live performances in collaboration with Viral Radio, NASA and OT301. The event starts at 21:00 hrs with performances by Cut Hands, Peter Swanson, Raime, Lee Gamble, and Juha vs. H-SIK.

Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves: ‘Supernova (Cassiopeia A)’

Produced by Maison des Arts de Créteil / Arcadi. Music by Laurent Dailleau   Supernova (Cassiopeia A) (2012) is an installation made out of smoke, light and sound. It portrays a supernova: the explosion of a star and the birth of matter, creating a burst of radiation that often outshines an entire galaxy. Supernova (Cassiopeia A) [...] Open

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NASA

HC Gilje: ‘Revolver’

Revolver (2013) is a new work by HC Gilje, commissioned by Sonic Acts and developed for The Dark Universe exhibition. It evolved from Gilje’s earlier light installation 7 Cirkler (2012). In Revolver animated coloured LEDs move in circles at different speeds to create a blend of colours. Meticulously adapted to the exhibition space, Revolver uses not [...] Open

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NASA

Ivana Franke – ‘Seeing with Eyes Closed’

Visitors are invited to sit on the floor in front of LED lights and close their eyes. They are exposed to flashing lights, which produces a quasi-hallucinatory visual experience of flowing images behind closed eyes. Each person’s experience of it is different. Some see black and white or coloured geometric patterns that swirl, jump or [...] Open

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NASA

Matthew Biederman: ‘Event Horizon’

Event Horizon (2012) is a multichannel generative HD audio/video installation that metaphorically explores the phenomenon of the ‘event horizon’, a boundary in spacetime, such as around black hole, from where light cannot escape and thus cannot be observed. In Event Horizon software iterates through a basic generative system that uses pure fields of Red, Blue, [...] Open

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NASA

Matthijs Munnik: ‘Citadels: Lightscape V’

As a window to a virtual world, Lightscape visualises an abstract universe composed only of light and sound, exploring the borders of our sensory hardware. While the eye tries to make sense of the sensory overload, a dazzling display of highly detailed patterns and colour combinations is formed in the retina and fed to the brain: the curious phenomena you see are created by the eye [...] Open

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NASA

Semiconductor: ‘Black Rain’

Black Rain (2009) is sourced from images collected by the twin satellite, the Heliospheric Imager (HI), on the NASA STEREO-Ahead spacecraft. Working with STEREO scientists, Semiconductor collected all the HI image data to date, revealing the journey of the satellites from their initial orientation to their current tracing of the Earth’s orbit around the sun. [...] Open

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NASA

Jürgen Reble: ‘Materia Obscura’

Jürgen Reble’s Materia Obscura (2009) opens a door to an unknown world. By manipulating film footage with chemicals, Reble creates so called ‘chemographs’. He then digitises these chemographs. This way a film arises about the transformation of the film material itself. The result is a visual expedition into the crystallised salts and dyes of these [...] Open

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Yolande Uriz Elizalde: ‘~~Kulunka~~’

~~Kulunka~~ (2012) is an immersive installation that evokes visual and tactile ways of perceiving vibrations. Low frequencies beyond our range of hearing are transmitted to water in a glass container, creating patterns of waves. The morphing geometries are illuminated by strobing, high-powered LEDs and projected on the surrounding space. Tactile transducers beneath the platform provided [...] Open

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NASA

Justin Bennett: ‘Spectral Analysis WG’

In 1635 a plague-house was built on what is now the WG Terrain in Amsterdam. There was a hospital on this site until 1983. Dr Ernst Hartmann (1915–92) observed that some areas in a hospital were more conducive to healing than others. He determined that a grid of radiation covers the earth’s surface. At some [...] Open

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NASA