Sonic Acts XII, The Cinematic Experience

Sonic Acts XI

Many festival emerged in the last decade, but only a bunch of them find their own way, focusing on some peculiar investigations during the years. Sonic Acts is undoubtedly one of them, presenting every two years in Amsterdam a whole program on aural and visual relationships. Its twelfth edition is entitled “The Cinematic Experience“, and it seems to be one of the richest in terms of content and research (previous editions in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006). The attracting possibility of connecting to their livestreams is reinforced by the program, physically spread over different (usual) locations in the city, that includes a series of conferences (with Erkki Huhtamo‭ talking about “The Diorama Revisited”, Timothy Druckrey presenting “Cinemedia‭: ‬Archaeologies of Computation and AI in Cinema” and Douglas Kahn‭ with “‬The Conditions of Live Cinema” just to name a few of them), seminal films (projected in the De Balie cinema) and outstanding live acts (among them Pe Lang + Zimoun – Untitled Sound Objects, Leafcutter John, ‬D-Fuse with their project Latitude, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Otolab with their project Circo Ipnotico and various Acousmonium live concert/demonstrations). Last but really not least, a proper publication is already available, to preserve memory and ideas of the last research chapter in the intertwining of sound and visual stimuli.