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Day: Panel – Ontologies of the Unknown

Sunday 24 Feb - 12:30–13:15 - De Balie

What if we do not take the unknown as something to be explored, and then to be anticipated and controlled, but as what it is at its most radical, namely something unknown? How can we view the world from the vantage point of the unknown?

Andrew Pickering: ‘Cybernetics and the Politics of The Dark Universe’

What is the allure of cybernetics: what draws people to it? We teach our children to think of the world as a predictable place bound by laws, natural as well as man-made. Modern science reveals what the consistencies are, enabling us to control the world and refashion it to suit our own ends. Politically, this [...] Open
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Andrew Pickering

Andrew Pickering (UK) taught for many years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he is now Professor of Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Exeter and currently a Senior Fellow at the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM), Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany. His field is science and technology studies, and his books [...]

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Sunday 24 February
12:30 - 13:15

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Day: Panel – Futures of Science and Fiction

Sunday 24 Feb - 13:30–15:30 - De Balie

For Sunday afternoon we have prepared an impressive line-up of speakers in close collaboration with the magazine Arc, a futuristic collection of fact, fiction and opinion from the makers of New Scientist. Time to speculate on the future…

Tim Maughan – ‘Watching Paint Die’

Groundbreaking science fiction writer Tim Maughan has been exploring augmented reality for several years now, particularly in his critically acclaimed collection Paintwork. For Sonic Acts he puts his money where his mouth is, and gives us a first glimpse of his fully realised AR exploration of media, perception, austerity and social class. Open

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Sunday 24 February
13:30 - 15:30

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De Balie

Frank Swain: ‘Leave Nothing to the Imagination: Maps, Monsters, and the Importance of Uncharted Lands’

From the immortals of Hyperborea to the antipodes of Terra Australis, we have filled undiscovered lands with the creatures of our dreams. But as our maps spread out to cover the universe, what space is left for these mythical races, and what will become of them? Frank Swain argues for curbing the cartographers. Open

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Sunday 24 February
13:30 - 15:30

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De Balie

Simon Ings: ‘Cupid’s Dart’

Simon Ings explores a world without visible light: a world in which the sense of sight is explained by an odd-sounding theory of vision called ‘extromission’, that held the world in its sway and served science well for over a thousand years. Open

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Sunday 24 February
13:30 - 15:30

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Alastair Reynolds: ‘White Noise’

Troubled that we appear to be alone in the universe, in 1950 the physicist Enrico Fermi posed a famous cosmological puzzle, known as Fermi’s Paradox: if intelligent life is possible here and now, why is there no sign of it elsewhere? Three years ago Alastair Reynolds was working at the Research and Technology Centre, part [...] Open

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Sunday 24 February
13:30 - 15:30

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Day: Panel – Closing lecture

Sunday 24 Feb - 16:00–16:45 - De Balie

The last lecture of the conference will be by Goodiepal. In his inimitable way he will reflect on the theme of The Dark Universe.

Goodiepal: -Closing lecture-

The last lecture of the conference will be by Goodiepal. In his inimitable way he will reflect on the theme of The Dark Universe. Open

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Sunday 24 February
16:00 - 17:00

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Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag, Academy of Arts, Berlin 2007. Photo by: Dirk Bleicker.

Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag, Academy of Arts, Berlin 2007. Photo by: Dirk Bleicker.

Evening: Edwin van der Heide & Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag Rundfunk Empfangssaal

Sunday 24 Feb - 20:00–21:00 - Vondelkerk

Rundfunk Empfangssaal (2013) is a new ‘environmental radio music for extreme long waves’ by Edwin van der Heide & Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag. They use a large dipole antenna, loop antennas, long wave receivers, laptops, two plasma loudspeakers (sonArcs) and a full range sound system to invert the idea of the radio hall. They take the signals in the electromagnetic space embodied by the
concert hall as source material for their performance. Natural radio signals and transmitted long wave signals up to about 150kHz that traverse the performance space are received and translated into a tangible space of acoustically audible signals. They navigate, steer and combine the different signals to shape the unpredictable.
Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag (DE) has an academic background in instrumental music, fine art, art history (new media), music theory, composition, philosophy and cognitive science. He has mostly focused on site-specific installations based on sound and biomass but also specifically on monochrome gas-discharge lights.
Edwin van der Heide (NL) is an artist and researcher in the field of sound, space and interaction. He extends the terms ‘composition’ and ‘musical language’ into spatial, interactive and interdisciplinary directions. His work comprises installations, performances and environments.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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