November 2017 - February 2018
Sonic Acts Academy
Sonic Acts Academy presentations and spatial installation (February 2019).
Cocky Eek, Nicky Assman, Benny Nilsen, Renske Maria van Dam, Ana Oosting, Anni Nöps, Catherine Ostraya, Vakki Park, Jesús Canuto Iglesias, Mischa Lind, Sophia Bulgakova, Soeria van den Wijngaard, Vera Khvaleva, Youngji Cho.
As part of Sonic Acts Academy 2018 we worked on a collaborative research project Sensing the Shipyard: A Sensorial Journey.
Guided by a listening to, moving with, and breathing with that what crosses our pathways we tapped into the different industrious rhythms of the Damen Shiprepair in Amsterdam. This terrain, located in the harbor on the north side of Amsterdam, next to the River IJ, is used to conduct numerous repairs on cargo and leisure ships. It is in operation for almost a hundred years and is bustling with energy and activity on an industrial scale. Together we wonder: How do we relate our human presence to enormous living machines? How is this relationship sensorially inscribed at this rich and historic industrial complex?
By recording the different sounds, movements and smells, and investigating surfaces and scales by touch, we explore this remarkable shipyard by sensorial mapping, whilst researching how we can recompose these location-specific stimuli into an experimental and experiential environment in which visitors embark on a sensing trip based on uncommon approaches to navigating through space.