This year’s Sonica festival will host four concert evenings.
We’ll set out to explore architectures of sound with the first performance by the duo of Sebastien Benoits and Takami Nakamoto of Nonotak, who will upgrade the magical atmosphere of Križevniška church with Nonotak spatial light graphics, invigorating their live drum and synth performance with explosive visuals.
The festival will open with a cathedral-like sound in a dark inter-space, which we will enter with sharpened senses and place our first building bricks by listening closely. The musician that was the first ever to perform at Sonica (at the Jakopič Gallery in 2009) returns to the festival after eight years. Tim Hecker returns with his Love Streams album, which he created in collaboration with the Oscar-winning composer Johann Johannsson. The album was declared the most anticipated experimental record of the year by Rolling Stone. The concert takes place in a dense haze and complete darkness, which Hecker fills with light and sound accents to form monumental spaces for the listeners. Hecker will be introduced by an exciting new project by Christian Kroupa, who will exclusively perform new material from his anticipated upcoming release on the Asonic label.
For this year’s AV night, artist from the experimental scenes in Serbia and Slovakia will take over the Slovenian Cinematheque. The noisy duo Vritti is a collaboration between two important figures of Slovakia’s experimental music scene – Slavo Krekovic and Peter Kerekes. Wo0 & Incredible Bob, SHAPE platform 2016 artists, are coming to Ljubljana with their new laser cinema show, Peoplemeter, where both play instruments.
At the Sonic Pavillion exhibition opening, the best Slovenian experimental musicians – Vitja Balžalorsky, Jaka Berger – BRGS, Blaž Božič – SsmKOSK, Aleš Hieng – Zergon, Samo Pavlica – Linč and Kikiriki – will try their skills on the modular synths from Staš Vrenko’s installation Connective.
At night, the festival caravan moves to Rog. The explicit visuals of the Bristol phenomenon Vessel will be introduced by live sets from Spatial and Gašper Torkar. After their performances, Felis Catus and Levanael will deliver shakes and shivers until the dawn.
On Friday, we’re opening the new MoTA LAB at Celovška 42. The festival will move into two glass pavilions standing under a characteristic heavy concrete roof. We’ll open the Sonic Pavilion exhibition there in the late afternoon with a series of installations, interventions and performances on the topic of sound and architecture. The French duo Nonotak, this year’s Sonica resident artists, will develop a new installation especially for the space. Connective, a new work by a Slovenian artist of the younger generation, Staš Vrenko, will take over the main MoTA Lab space. Nicolas Maigret’s Resonant Architecture will amplify buildings, Nikola Uzunovski’s Alien will respond to Skopje’s cult modernism, and Anne Katrine Senstad will intervene on the roof of the pavilion. The architecture of sound will resonate in Bojana Petkovič’s Swamp Orchestra. The cracking of concrete will be explored and dissected in the work of Julien Bayle, the second Sonica resident artist this year. Martin Reiche will be capturing invisible sounds around the buildings and Stefan Doepner will take over the inter-space between pavilions with a variation of his Jedinica Jedan. We’ll open the exhibition with two live performances: the best Slovenian experimental musicians will test their skills on the Connective installation, followed by a light and sound performance by Sally Golding and Matt Spendlove.
The conceptual backbone of this year’s festival is formed by architecture as a complex discipline that embodies and externalises the spirit of the times. During this two day symposium we will thus focus on two thematic clusters: the aspect of sound as a possible way of thinking about, intervening in and reviving architecture; and the aspect of preserving and reviving architectural heritage through different artistic strategies. On the first day, we will discuss the intersections of sound and architecture and expand this topic on the second day by presenting different forms of engaging with changes and transformations of architectures of the cities in former Yugoslavia. We invited researchers, artists, architects, activists and collectives to present their strategies of reviving architectural histories and reflecting the meaning of this heritage in the present.
We’re saying goodbye to the summer with five loud days of Sonica festival. We’ll fill the city with lights and sounds, amplify the streets and buildings, weave the movie screen with lasers, fill up Kino Šiška with smoke and drown out the sounds of Celovška street.
The 2016 edition, titled SONIC.ARCHITECTURES, will be dedicated to sound and architecture. Ever since its first edition, Sonica festival (as well as its predecessor Spring Festival Ljubljana) has been discovering and reviving unconventional spaces with sound interventions. Sound is both a spatial event and an auditory experience. In interaction with architecture, sound can alter any space – the sounds which appear in a space can be positioned, mirrored and echoed. Sound embraces the space it appears in and upgrades it, becoming a key element in the understanding of space. This year’s Sonica festival will focus on sound and architecture, presenting artists who research the intersections between space and sound.
We’re happy to present the artists of this year’s Sonica festival: Tim Hecker, Nonotak, Vessel, Spatial, Sally Golding, Christian Kroupa, Wo0&Incredible Bob, Stefan Doepner, Julien Bayle, Nicolas Maigret, Anne Katrine Senstad, Vritti, Martin Reiche, Staš Vrenko, Bojana Petković, Gašper Torkar and Felis Catus & Levanael! Sonica will take over the Slovenian Cinematheque, center for urban culture Kino Šiška and Rog Factory Concert Hall, and invite you to MoTA’s new space on Celovška road. Join us for electronic music, exhibition, performances and workshops! We’re also happy to announce that we’ll be adding a two-day symposium on SONIC.ARCHITECTURES to the list. We invited artists, activists, architects and academics for lectures, presentations and round-tables, which will take place on 28 and 29 September.