W139 will be hosting the Sonic Acts Biennial exhibition one sun after another together with two other locations, Zone2Source and Het HEM. The exhibition, taking place from 30 September to 23 October 2022, expands the long-term Sonic Acts research trajectory on the implications and origins of the climate crisis, and focuses on the irrevocable, intertwined nature of pollution and time.
Touching on deep, real, geological time, the programme embraces nonlinearity, fluctuation and porousness, making space for leaks. Permeable to hope, the figure of the ever-dawning sun glows without burning, permeating warmth, fueling imagination and progating life. Contemplating multiple incarnations of time, one sun after another listens to an immersive aerial choir of bees, follows a microbe embedded within lithium travelling from a Chilean mine to a digital device, and plunges into deep time through lead-encased nuclear coconuts from the Bikini Atoll. Artistic research traces the lineages of exhaust produced by oil and other extractive economies, while in other places it speculates over Greenland’s mineral deposits, now made accessible by melting ice. In the Canadian Arctic, visual narratives on monumental ice walls come and go with tidal movements, soundtracked by a cacophony of environmental field recordings. Visitors are welcome to a joyful meditation about presence, sensing and bending time, before drifting downstream, where the exhibition stretches time even further. Immersive artworks explore toxic cycles of water and stretch inner time with hybrid instruments and sub-aquatic amplification.
The exhibition spreads over three locations.
W139: Andrea Galano Toro • Cesar Majorana • Danny Osborne, Patrick Thompson, Alexa Hatanaka, Sarah McNair-Landry, Eric McNair-Landry, Erik Boomer and Raven Chacon • Félix Blume • Julian Charrière • Leanne Wijnsma • Louis Braddock Clarke and Zuzanna Zgierska • Maryam Monalisa Gharavi and Sam Lavigne • MELT (Isabel Paehr and Ren Loren Britton) • Seline Buttner
Zone2Source / Amstel Park: Lucky Dragons (Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck) • Tomoko Sauvage
Het HEM: John Grzinich • Tomoko Sauvage
Taking place throughout October, Sonic Acts Biennial 2022 is staged across various locations, interweaving three weekends of exhibition openings, performances and lectures that will be accompanied by in/outdoor sound installations, artist presentations, workshops, excursions and more events yet to be announced. sonicacts.com
Sonic Acts Biennial 2022 is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Mondriaan Fund, Fonds 21, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Performing Arts Fund NL, Paradiso, W139, Het HEM, Likeminds, OT301, Zone2Source, and Singelkerk. Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.