Alexis Destoop

Sonic Acts / de Brakke Grond

HEREAFTER | Expositie

Under the heading HEREAFTER, Sonic Acts presents an expansive exhibition in three acts across three spaces in Amsterdam – Arti et Amicitiae, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond and Stedelijk Museum – opening in quick succession in the lead-up to Sonic Acts Festival 2019. The second act, in collaboration with Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond opens on 16 February, running until 3 March, and features video works, multi-channel installations and a sound walk.

Reimagined Territories

HEREAFTER aims to explore the genesis of our current crisis – and what happens hereafter – by reflecting on the issues we are forced to confront on a daily basis: the inequalities caused by colonisation and geostrategic manoeuvring, the challenges posed by the climate crisis and immigration, the ever-present exploitation and precarity of the work force, and the way technological advancements disrupts and not emancipates – that is, the gooey mesh of global capitalism.

Within this context, the works presented at Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond could be fitted under the subtitle Reimagined Territories. They reimagine terrains scarred by man-made industrialisation in California’s Imperial Valley (Lukas Marxt); reconfigure the strategic geopolitical area of the Russian-Norwegian border area, undergoing catastrophic effects of climate change, while at the same time playing a prominent role in the industrial and military Northward expansion (Alexis Destoop); or try to reassess the 2011 Fukushima tsunami and nuclear disaster through transformations and mutations of the body (Ana Vaz). The works show us the impact of humankind on the environment, but they also shine a light on the communities affected by exploitation and oppression, aimed at the people living on geostrategic lands or on the pathways of the grand Enlightenment project (Ulrike Ottinger). Finally, there is Amsterdam, mapped as a terrain uncovering the city’s hidden electromagnetic phenomena, its invisible wavelengths and charges (Christina Kubisch).

Join us on Saturday 16 February for a special opening event: a film in the dark (Nuno da Luz, Olivier Marboeuf, Ana Vaz), an electrical sound walk with Christina Kubisch and a panel with artists featured in the exhibition.

▶︎ For more information about the rest of the programme, visit sonicacts.com