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Matthijs Munnik – ‘Citadels Lightscape V’ at the opening of Sonic Acts – The Dark Universe exhibition. (c) Photo by Pieter Kers

Festival opening

Thursday 21 Feb - 19:00–22:00 - Stedelijk Museum

The Dark Universe festival takes off with a very special evening as part of Stedelijk | special events, during which unknown properties of seeing and hearing are revealed. The evening features a sound installation composed for a specific space in the Stedelijk Museum: freq_out 9. This work consists of twelve separate sound pieces composed by twelve artists. Made on site, the pieces are amplified to act as a single, generative sound-space. Matthijs Munnik will premiere a new monumental instalment of his flickering light work Lightscape: Common Structures. Anil Ananthaswamy will begin the evening with a lecture about the edge of physics and how the most remote places on the planet might help us solve the mystery of the dark universe.

Anil Ananthaswamy: ‘The Edge of Physics’

We don’t understand 96 per cent of the universe. This ‘dark universe’ is made up of dark matter and dark energy. How do we know this? How do we go about deciphering the nature of dark matter and dark energy? Over the course of three years, Anil Ananthaswamy travelled to some of Earth’s remotest regions [...] Open
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Anil Ananthaswamy

Anil Ananthaswamy (IN) is a science journalist and author. A consultant for New Scientist, he has also written for Discover and is a columnist for PBS Nova’s The Nature of Reality blog. He is the author of The Edge of Physics, a book that explains how some of Earth’s remotest locations are crucial to our [...]

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Thursday 21 February
19:00 - 20:00

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Stedelijk Museum

Matthijs Munnik: ‘Citadels: Common Structures (2013)’

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 [...] Open

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Thursday 21 February
20:00 - 22:00

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Performance



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Stedelijk Museum

von Hausswolff, Thirlwell, BJ Nilsen & others: ‘freq_out 9′

freq_out 9 is a sound installation comprising twelve individual sound works, each utilising a specific frequency range, made on site, and amplified to act as a single, generative sound-space. The concept for freq_out is by CM von Hausswolff. For freq_out, the participants have been allotted ranges of frequency within the audible sound spectrum. Participant number [...] Open

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Thursday 21 February
19:00 - 22:00

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Stedelijk Museum

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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Sound walk



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NASA