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Day: Panel – Black planet

Saturday 23 Feb - 10:30–12:30 - De Balie

On Saturday the conference shifts focus to take a closer look at the earth. Now ‘dark’ does not so much signify ‘unknown’; instead it is taken to mean ‘hidden’, and often also ‘gloomy’, ‘ominous’, or even ‘catastrophic’. We examine the dark sides of man-made structures and systems.

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Saturday 23 February
10:30 - 12:30

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De Balie

Andrew Blackwell: ‘Visit Sunny Chernobyl’

Experts agree: humans are ruining the planet. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth visiting. For his book Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell set out to explore seven of the world’s most degraded, contaminated environments, hell-bent on seeing the environmental apocalypse (and touching and tasting it) for himself. The result is a wry memoir of adventure, [...] Open

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Saturday 23 February
10:30 - 12:30

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De Balie

Geoff Manaugh: ‘Terrestrial Psychosis and the Rise of a Surrogate Earth’

Beginning with a brief survey of noteworthy or provocative discoveries in archaeology – from artificial mounds in Europe and North America to the use of muon detectors in determining the internal structures of ruined buildings – this talk will ask what it means for humans to discover that an apparently natural earth-form is, instead, entirely [...] Open

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Saturday 23 February
10:30 - 12:30

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De Balie

Day: Panel – Dark age of globalism

Saturday 23 Feb - 14:00–15:30 - De Balie

On Saturday the conference shifts focus to take a closer look at the earth. Now ‘dark’ does not so much signify ‘unknown’; instead it is taken to mean ‘hidden’, and often also ‘gloomy’, ‘ominous’, or even ‘catastrophic’. We examine the dark sides of man-made structures and systems.

Saskia Sassen: ‘In the Shadows of Powerful Systems’

Saskia Sassen’s lecture will be part of the panel The Dark Ages of Globalism. Expect a precise and caustic analysis of some of the dark areas of the transnational global economy in the first afternoon panel. Transnational capital, migration, free zones, tax havens…   More about her lecture will follow soon.   Open

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Saturday 23 February
14:00-15:20

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De Balie

Keller Easterling: ‘Extrastatecraft’

The free economic zone has become a contagious world city paradigm. While in the 1960s there were a mere handful of such zones around the world, today there are thousands, with some spanning hectares and some square kilometres. Operating under authorities independent from the domestic laws of its host country, the zone typically provides special [...] Open

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Saturday 23 February
14:00-15:20

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De Balie

Day: Panel – Dark finance

Saturday 23 Feb - 16:00–17:30 - De Balie

Many of us have saved money in the bank for a rainy day, or invest it in the stock market. But most of us were largely ignorant about how the financial system works and what its shortcomings are before the financial crisis began in Autumn 2008. In this panel Ewald Engelen and Joris Luyendijk share their insights into the shadowy sides of the global financial system.

Joris Luyendijk: ‘Everything you always wanted to know about bankers and finance, but were too angry to ask’

After two major financial crises in less than five years democracy is looking more and more like a system where we decide which politician gets to implement what the financial sector dictates. Yet most people know more about ancientEgyptthan they do about today’s bankers and financiers. Who are these people? Having spoken to around 200 [...] Open

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Saturday 23 February
16:00 - 17:30

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De Balie

Ewald Engelen: ‘Parasitic Banking’

Ewald Engelen’s lecture is part of the panel Dark Finance. Many of us have saved money in the bank for a rainy day, or invest it in the stock market. But most of us are largely ignorant about how the financial system works and what its shortcomings are. Or at least we didn’t know before the [...] Open

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Saturday 23 February
16:00 - 17:30

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De Balie

Evening: The nuclear sublime

Saturday 23 Feb - 20:00–23:30 / doors 19:30 - Paradiso

An evening with audiovisual performances and films that approach the sublime in very different ways. Some of the featured works reflect on the history of nuclear testing and the almost incomprehensible power of nuclear explosions. Definitely something not to forget. And there are explorations of electromagnetic waves, noise and geometric patterns, and Maja S.K. Ratkje’s stunning voice
with visuals by HC Gilje.

Bruce Conner: ‘CROSSROADS’

Conner based CROSSROADS (1976, US, 36’) on government footage of the first underwater nuclear bomb test on 25 July 1946, at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. The same explosion is seen 27 different times. The film starts with the grandeur of the explosion – the dramatic spectacle and beauty. As the repetition builds the [...] Open

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Saturday 23 February
20:00 - 20:30

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Paradiso

Clausthome & Martins Ratniks: ‘Unknown Planet’

The performance Unknown Planet is an electromagnetic fantasy journey departing from Earth and entering Internal Space where sources of inspiration and expression are electromagnetic spectrum, electricity and ranges of radio frequencies. By means of electronic equipment built especially for these purposes we are trying to establish a dialogue with the visible and invisible energy inside [...] Open

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Saturday 23 February
20:30 - 21:00

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Paradiso

Biosphere, Lustmord & MFO: ‘Trinity’

Trinity is a collaboration of Biosphere, Lustmord and MFO. Using sound and image, they explore the first nuclear weapons tests in the New Mexico desert. For this, Lustmord and Biosphere travelled to the Whiten Sands Missile Range and Los Alamos in the US to research and make field recordings. Open

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Saturday 23 February
21:00 - 22:00

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Paradiso

Peter Tscherkassky: ‘Outer Space’

In Outer Space (1999, AT, 10’, 35mm – Sixpackfilm) a woman terrorised by an invisible and aggressive force is also exposed to the audience’s gaze, making her a prisoner in two senses. After she enters a house at night, the rasping of crickets, static and distorted music give way to explosions, screams and garbled voices. In [...] Open

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Saturday 23 February
22:00 - 22:15

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Paradiso

Yousuke Fuyama: ‘Experimentation For DATA-Material’

A live audiovisual performance by Yousuke Fuyama. Generated geometric patterns fold in and out of shape to a soundtrack of massed noise that erupts in a climactic electrical storm. Open

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Saturday 23 February
22:15 - 22:45

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Paradiso

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje & HC Gilje: ‘Voice’

Vocal magician Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje and master of light HC Gilje will be among the highlights of the festival with their stunning audiovisual performance for voice, electronics and LED screens. Ratkje and Gilje left a deep and lasting impression with their duet in October 2012 at the Kontraste festival in Krems. Open

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Saturday 23 February
22:45 - 23:30

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Paradiso

Aldo Tambellini: ‘Blackout’

Blackout (1965US9’) is a rising crescendo of abstract images. Rapid cuts of white shapes on a black background supplemented by an equally abstract soundtrack create the impression of a bombardment in celestial space, or of being on a battlefield where cannon fire at an unseen enemy in the night. Open

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Saturday 23 February
23:30 - 23:40

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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: Sonic Dread

Saturday 23 Feb - 23:30–05:00 - Paradiso

A Sonic Acts festival club night of dark sonic dread and blacked out ecstasy in collaboration with Viral Radio. An international group of zeitgeist riders perform their newest ever now music: from burial rhythms and encrypted frequencies to droning echoes and colliding dub. The Bug (UK), featuring Flowdan & Miss Red, draws on dancehall, noise, grime, and hip-hop. Dean Blunt (UK) formed the group Hype Williams with Inga Copeland, and recently released The Narcissist II under his own name. patten (UK) has been performing his raw and dynamic live show to amazed crowds across Europe in the wake of his debut release GLAQJO XAACSSO. Mika Vainio (FI) was one half of the minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic from Finland. His solo works are known for their analogue warmth and electronic harshness. Loops Haunt (UK) creates a dysphoric blend of hip-hop, IDM and drum’n’bass, executed with enormous precision. Sully (UK) is a DJ exploring the rude spirit of jungle. Coki (UK) is Dean Harris, a dubstep producer, DJ and MC. He is also part of Digital Mystikz and runs the DMZ label with Mala and Loefah. Kahn (UK) emerged from the
shadows of the Bristol underground and is known for his electrostatic synths and stirring, moody grooves. Dead Fader (UK) makes heavy electronic bass/noise music, specialising in sounds and nasty distortion. Juha (NL/FI) is DJ, curator and Viral Radio founder Juha van ‘t Zelfde, a carrier of visceral auditory stimuli. H-sik (CI) uses dub, hip-hop, African music and footwork to create a bassheavy mix. Dariyan is one of Viral Radio’s stealth missiles. His music is ia genuine synthesis of highspeed jazz and victory techno.

Mika Vainio: live

Mika Vainio (FI) was one half of the minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic fromFinland, (the other half was Ilpo Väisänen). His solo works, under his own name and under aliases like Ø, are known for their analogue warmth and electronic harshness. Be it abstract drone works or minimal avant techno, Vainio always creates unique, physical sounds. [...] Open

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Saturday 23 February
00:00-00:50

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Paradiso

Dean Blunt: live

Dean Blunt (UK) formed the group Hype Williams with Inga Copeland, and recently released The Narcissist II under his own name.   Saturday 23 February 01:00-01:40 Main Hall Open

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Saturday 23 February
01:00-01:40

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Paradiso

The Bug feat. Flowdan & Miss Red: live

The Bug’s (UK) music draws influence from dancehall, noise, grime, and hip-hop. The Bug is an alias of Kevin Martin, who has been active in the genres of dub, jazzcore, industrial hip-hop, dance hall and dubstep.   Saturday 23 February 01:40-02:40 Main Hall Open

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Saturday 23 February
01:40-02:40

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Paradiso

Coki: dj

Coki (UK) is Dean Harris, a dubstep producer, DJ and MC. He is also part of Digitla Mystikz and runs the DMZ label with Mala and Loefah.   Saturday 23 February 02:40-03:40 Main Hall Open

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Saturday 23 February
02:40-03:40

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Paradiso

Juha vs H-sik: dj

Juha (NL/FI) is DJ, curator and Viral Radio founder Juha van ‘t Zelfde, a carrier of visceral auditory stimuli. As founder of Sonic Warfare and the London Night he distributed dubstep inAmsterdam and Rotterdam.   H-sik (CI) uses dub, hip-hop, African music and footwork to create a bass-heavy mix.   Saturday 23 February 03:40-05:00 Paradiso, Main Hall Open

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Saturday 23 February
03:40-05:00

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Paradiso

patten: live

Following on from the critically acclaimed debut release GLAQJO XAACSSO on London’s No Pain in Pop label, patten (UK) has been performing his raw and dynamic live show to amazed crowds across theUK and Europe.   Saturday 23 February 00:15-01:00 Small Hall Open

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Saturday 23 February
00:15-01:00

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Paradiso

Dead Fader: live

Dead Fader (UK) construct savagely abrasive dance tracks from molten blocks of noise and distortion. Intelligently distressed synths and deteriorated samples tap into your innermost cerebral hemispheres; unapologetic dread noise blasting through your core and assassinating dance floors. Since 2010′s charred Corrupt My Examiner, Dead Fader has been responsible for a string of incredibly dark, hip-hop infected [...] Open

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Saturday 23 February
23:30-00:15

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Paradiso

Loops Haunt: live

Loops Haunt (UK) creates a dysphoric blend of hip-hop, IDM and drum’n’bass, executed with enormous precision.   Saturday 23 February 01:00-01:45 Small Hall Open

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Saturday 23 February
01:00-01:45

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Paradiso

Sully: dj

Long before – four of five years before – the UK garage revival kicked in and “future” garage had even been dreamt up, Sully began finding a space between 2step’s swing, dubstep’s edge and breakstep’s drums, all underpinned by the rude spirit of jungle.   While he has preferred to keep a relatively low profile and remain [...] Open

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Saturday 23 February
01:45-02:45

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Paradiso

Kahn: dj

Kahn (UK) emerged from the shadows of theBristol underground and is known or his electrostatic synths and stirring, moody grooves.   Saturday 23 February 02:45-03:45 Small Hall Open

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Saturday 23 February
02:45-03:45

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Paradiso

Dariyan: dj

One of Viral Radio’s more stealth members is Dariyan (Darco Cezveciyan, Armenian, born in Istanbul in 1973). He is one of the principle DJs that introduced the vanguard dance music of Smith & Mighty, Underground Resistance and Bandulu in Amsterdam in the 90s. Dariyan started collaborating on Orthodox with Juha van ‘t Zelfde in 2001, [...] Open

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Saturday 23 February
03:45-05:00

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Paradiso

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