Sonic Acts - Travelling Time works

Space 1

Joe Gilmore
-9.93450215762280319787e-1, 2012

Born UK. Lives and works in the UK. The new generative sound piece by Joe Gilmore explores space, geometry and complexity using computer generated sounds. The multi-speaker installation uses chaotic algorithms and calculations that simulate the movements of flocks or swarms. The sounds range from short impulses scattered around the space in different configurations, to extended complex tones and chaotic noise signals.

Joe Gilmore is a multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer working in the fields of computer music, video and algorithmic art. His music has been published on various labels including Alku, Cut, Entr'acte, Fällt and Line. His work has been exhibited at numerous digital art festivals and galleries.

Space 2

Julien Maire
Perpendicular Cinema, 2011

Born FR. Lives and works in DE. Installation, produced in co-operation with V2_lab, Julien Maire’s Perpendicular Cinema resists the directivity of montage. A complex mechanical interface -made of blocks of reflective metal- intercepts, controls and models the clear and blurry areas of a projected slide. The slow scanning of the slide is similar to the assiduous attention of a researcher for his or her subject. This concentration focuses on the details within an image and their conditions of appearance, looking for a grammar, a construction and a deconstruction of perspective and narrative. The three-dimensional effect and the materiality of the image and of the device are accentuated. The installation reads a script that is perpendicular to the image in the space. Movement is no longer suggested by successive images but by continuous changes in real-time.


Julien Maire
Flip Dots Mirrors, 2011

The installation Flip Dots Mirrors consists of forty-eight flip-dots coated with first surface mirrors (FS mirrors) which reflect part of a slide image of people sitting on a tribune.

In his works, media artist Julian Maire systematically re-invents the technology of visual media. The artist's research is a hybrid between media-archaeology and the production of new media artworks.

Space 3

Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec
City Velocities – Body Speeds, 2012

Born SI. Lives and works in NL. Installation, commissioned by Sonic Acts, NIMk & STEIM.
City Velocities – Body Speeds focuses on the tactile experience of travelling at some speed in an urban environment. When we travel on public transport we sit or stand still, but, ambiguously we are also moving. In its first version, the project involves measuring velocities of several trams in Amsterdam, streaming the data to the exhibition space at NIMk in real time. There the velocities of trams are transformed into airflows recreated by several powerful fans, each blowing the air at the speed of a moving tram. Visitors can physically feel and become aware of the travelling speed that we usually don't notice. Trams are considered as being at the intersection of planned schedules and the spontaneous unpredictability of street life and so the installation uncovers the particular dynamics and intensity of a city as an organism.

Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec is an artist and musician who works with invisible ephemeral phenomena and the notion of space. His artistic practice is a poetic exploration of relationships between transitory and temporal flows such as sound and the weather and the architectural and social spaces they inhabit. In his installations, Sambolec sensitises architecture to its immediate ephemeral surroundings. By creating situations where outside and inside, the unpredictable and constructed, the permanent and the temporal and time and space converse, he enhances the temporal dimensions of architecture.

Software development by Mr. Stock and Marije Baalman
Hardware development by Rene Wassenburg

This project was realised in collaboration with GVB
Sponsored by AirFan BV

photo by Ilya Rabinovich

Space 4

Philipp Lachenmann
Space Surrogate I (Dubai), 2000
Born in DE. Lives and works in DE. Space Surrogate I (Dubai) is a half hour digitally produced film made from a single still image. A solitary aeroplane stands in the desert. Hot air, shimmering like a mirage, is the only perceivable sign of the passage of time. The depicted aircraft is the Lufthansa Boeing 737 named Landshut that was hijacked in 1977 by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Amongst others it was stationary in Dubai for 48 hours, with it's 91 hostages on board, before if flew to Mogadishu where the hijacking finally came to an end.


Philipp Lachenmann
Space Surrogate II (GSG 9), 2003

A five seconds long film sequence from 1977 is transformed into an extremely slow moving still image of eight minutes. Nine men, members of the German anti terror squad GSG 9, cross the picture from left to right. The sequence was digitally produced by interpolating 11.000 artificial images between 120 original film frames.

The works of Philipp Lachenmann deal with images as surfaces of collective memories whose self-referentiality are revealed through interventions in their formal appearance.

Space 5

Juliana Borinski
Liquid Crystal Display, 2008-2009

Born in BR. Lives and works in FR. In the expanded cinema installation Liquid Crystal Display a few drops of a crystalline solution are placed on an empty slide in a customised projector. The crystallization process and all its associated movements are projected live. Using the projector’s heat, the reaction time varies from twenty minutes to a few hours depending on the solution’s concentration and the temperature and humidity in the exhibition space. Each slide is replaced after the ‘image’ has stabilized.

Juliana Borinski works in the field of photography, video and makes installations, experimenting with the conjunction between iconography and iconoclasm. Her works often integrate basic new technologies, materials or machines while referencing to historical media techniques or scientific experiments.

Space 6

Mark Fell
Factoid #3, 2011

Born in UK. Lives and works FR. Philosophy has investigated the linkage between the structure of consciousness and the structure of the present, but it has not taken sound into consideration. How does sound contribute to this linkage? Thinking of the repetitive temporal structures of techno, or the prolonged tones of Tibetan music – some primary relationships between time, consciousness and sound could be imagined. Informed by recent studies in the psychopathology of time, Fell’s intense and confrontational installation Factoid #3 promotes a destabilised association between time, the self and sound. This work contains extremely bright flashing light, high intensity sound and generative temporal structures.

Mark Fell is a multidisciplinary artist who, after studying experimental film and video art, reverted to earlier interests in computational technology, music and synthetic sound. His two recent works Multistablity and UL8 explore a number of unfamiliar timing and tuning systems. He has a particular interest in the relationship between music, sound, time, perception and cognition which he explores in both his recorded works and his gallery installations. Often using multi-spatial speaker technologies, generative systems, geometry and light, his work in this area is characterized by ‘non-illusion based’ approaches to record production and surround sound environments.

Project Space

Daïchi Saïto
Never a Foot Too Far, Even, 2011

Born in JP. Lives and works in CA. Double 16 mm projection, Appropriating a brief fragment from a 35 mm print of an old Kung Fu movie Never a Foot Too Far, Even is an action movie without action. Presented as a double-projection with two 16 mm film projectors and loopers, with images from two separate rolls overlaid to form a single image, the film focuses on an obscure figure who finds himself on a forest path, caught between perpetual motion and stasis.

Filmmaker Daïchi Saïto’s works explore the relation between the corporeal phenomena of vision and the material nature of the medium. In his works he fuses a formal investigation of frame with sensual and poetic expressions.

Screening from 23-26 February