Sonic Acts Masterclasses [nl Amsterdam]

sonic_acts_masterclasses-300×211.jpgSonic Acts Masterclasses led by Catherine Christer Hennix, Peter Kubelka, Olaf Nicolai, Pauline Oliveros, Tino Sehgal :: February 20-23, 2012 :: Amsterdam :: Call for Participants — Deadline: February 12.

In collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum and STEIM, Sonic Acts will host a series of masterclasses as part of this year’s festival edition Travelling Time.

The masterclasses provide a unique opportunity for artists, musicians and other creative professionals to work with 5 internationally renowned artists whose work critically reflects on time and timing. In a concentrated and intimate setting, participants will gain insight into the artists‚ concepts, work processes, and methods of composition and production through hands-on workshops and seminars.


Deadline for applications is 12 February 2012. Please send a biography and a short motivation outlining why you would like to take part in a specific masterclass to: masterclass at

Attending multiple classes is possible. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. You will be informed about the result of your application by 14 February.

A detailed schedule as well as more information about the preparation for the masterclass will be sent to successful applicants with this notification.


There is a fee of 25 Euro to participate per masterclass. Catering will be provided.


The masterclasses take place at STEIM, SMART Project Space and De Balie, in Amsterdam
20 February: Olaf Nicolai
21 & 22 February: Catherine Christer Hennix
22 February: Peter Kubelka
23 February: Pauline Oliveros
23 February: Tino Sehgal

These masterclasses are made possible with the support of the Mondriaan Fund.


CATHERINE CHRISTER HENNIX (US/SE) is a composer, philosopher, mathematician and visual artist. In the 1960s and 1970s she worked with illustrious figures such as La Monte Young and Pandit Pran Nath who were very important for her own work. She has frequently collaborated with the American anti-art philosopher, composer and violinist Henry Flynt. Hennix also drew inspiration from Japanese Gagaku music and the early vocal music of Perotinus and Leoninus. All her major compositions, including The Electric Harpsichord, are regarded as part of an ongoing, endless cycle.

PETER KUBELKA (AT) is a multifaceted artist and theoretician who has worked in film, cooking, music, architecture, speech and writing. He communicates through lectures, which also use non-verbal elements Œto free our world view from being the exclusive property of language‚. Kubelka‚s cinematographic work is short and highly condensed. His ŒMetric Films‚ preceded and laid the foundations for structural cinema. Kubelka will lead a masterclass on film & cooking.

OLAF NICOLAI (DE) is a German artist whose conceptual approach and use of diverse media question the way in which we view our everyday environment. He also translates theories from science and the arts into aesthetic-artistic idioms, rendering them accessible in a new context. His works deal with the perception of time in the reception of art. Nicolai has participated in international solo and group exhibitions. His works were shown at Documenta X, and at the 49th and 51st Venice Biennales. Several of his works can be found in public collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art / New York; Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary /Vienna; Friedrich Christian Flick Collection / Berlin and Migros Museum / Zürich.

PAULINE OLIVEROS (US), composer, performer and humanitarian, is an important pioneer in American music and electronic music. She has explored sound for five decades, breaking new ground for herself and others. Through improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation she has created a body of work with such breadth of vision that it profoundly affects those who experience it. Pauline Oliveros will lead a Deep Listening session.

TINO SEHGAL (DE/UK) is a British-German artist whose works, which he calls Œconstructed situations‚, involve one or more people carrying out instructions conceived by the artist. What all of Sehgal’s works have in common is that they reside only in the space and time they occupy, and in the memory of the work and its reception. The artist himself describes his works as ‘constructed situations’, whose materials are the human voice, language, movement, and interaction, without the production of physical objects. His pieces are choreographies that are regularly staged in museums or galleries, and continuously executed for the entire duration of a show. In 2012, he will present a newly commissioned work for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London.

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