Sonic Acts is an interdisciplinary arts organisation based in Amsterdam. Founded in 1994 to provide a platform for new developments in electronic and digital art forms, Sonic Acts has gained prominence with its biennial international festival – an intensive art, theory and technology gathering motivated by changes in the ecological, political, technological and social landscape – as well as the intervening Sonic Acts Academy, a new forum dedicated to artistic research.
Beyond its annual events, Sonic Acts is a leading platform for international projects, research and the commissioning and co-production of new artworks, and is a hub for a global network of artists, curators and critical thinkers. With a focus on talent development, it facilitates artist residencies, publications and year-round activities, often working together with local and international partner organisations such as independent and institutional cultural incubators, universities and kindred festivals.
Through a wide range of cross-disciplinary programmes, Sonic Acts explores the rapidly changing relationship between art, science, technology and politics. Its exhibitions, club nights, screenings, workshops and symposia are grounds for radical audiovisual performances and installations, contemporary visual art, avant-garde film, progressive club music and innovative new media, celebrating and fuelled by compelling artistic and critical perspectives.
In the course of its more than 25-year history, Sonic Acts has been a site for experimentation: a place to exchange, think, create, learn, and act. By presenting artistic investigations and research, Sonic Acts aims to advance experimentation and in turn provide a podium for dynamic perspectives that can be tools for discovery, growth, development, and emancipation – vital to understanding the complexities of our contemporary world.
Recent projects include the four-year art, research and commissioning project Re-Imagine Europe, initiated by Sonic Acts and organised in collaboration with ten cultural organisations across Europe; the Progress Bar series, highlighting the latest tendencies in radical sound and club culture alongside urgent conversations about politics and society at large; and Murmansk Prospekt, a collaboration with Russian partners exploring the impact of human beings on the planet. (2022)