10 May 2006

sound art festival - berlin

sonambiente berlin 2006
festival for hearing and seeing
June 1st to July 16th 2006

Opening: June 1st 2006, 6 p.m. at Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz (opening of the exhibition and bus shuttle for further festival-locations)

A press conference on June 30th 2006 informs in detail about the festival program.


sonambiente berlin 2006 – sound art festival in june

Making the city itself a work of sound art — sonambiente berlin 2006 - the festival for hearing and seeing is accompanying the events round the Football World Cup for six weeks, from June 1st to July 16th. For the second time since 1996, the Berlin sound art festival offers a platform to acoustic art of all colours and stripes — visual art, sound art, performance, video art, media art and music. Also the festival looks into the increasing significance of sound in visual art, staging the interplay between visual artists and sound artists at some dozen different locations.

Highlights of the sonambiente berlin 2006 opening weekend, June 1st to 5th, include a site-specific sound and light installation at the Potsdamer Platz metro station by the Austrian artists group [dy’na:mo] and the performance by the freq_out orchestra with the Swedish artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff. Plus, the sonambiente_exhibition, which stands at the centre of the six-week festival, opens its doors to works by some 75 internationally known artists such as Candice Breitz, Janet Cardiff/Georg Bures Miller, Terry Fox, Christina Kubisch, Bernhard Leitner, Aernout Mik, Helen Mirra, Carsten Nicolai, Finnbogi Pétursson and Pipilotti Rist with Gudrun Gut.

Live performances, concerts, conversations with artists, and a film series round out the programme of the exhibition, which can be seen and heard at five central locations, for example both Akademie der Künste buildings, throughout the festival. First-time venues include the Pumpwerk in Holzmarktstraße (Radialsystem V) with its spectacular smokestack and the former Polish Embassy on Unter den Linden. Many works focus on the unusual spatial conditions at the different locations; they relate directly to Berlin and document the city's evolving structure. Alongside established artists, sonambiente berlin 2006 integrates a number of international art colleges and universities by introducing the works of their outstanding students and graduates at the sonambiente_laboratorium.

An additional focus of sonambiente berlin 2006 is the double pass between art and football. Several artists, Tilman Küntzel, Alfred Behrens and others, are setting up special projects round sound, art and football. Also the festival extends an open invitation to follow the World Cup live, inside the artistic framework of the sonambiente_public viewing sound art lounge designed by sound artist Kalle Laar, from June 9th to July 9th at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

Projects developed specifically for radio and the Internet are also part of sonambiente berlin 2006. Nicaraguan-born New Yorker Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga intervenes in Berlin's public space. The artist, who received an award at Ars Electronica Linz 2004, is converting a shopping cart into a mobile radio station. Belgian artist and filmmaker Ana Torfs, who also took part in sonambiente 1996, contributes a net art project about Hanns Eisler's "Hollywood-Songbook“, created in collaboration with the Dia Art Foundation in New York, on the sonambiente website www.sonambiente.net, for example.

sonambiente berlin 2006 is presented by the Berliner Festspiele and the Akademie der Künste. The festival is initiated and curated by Georg Weckwerth (free-lance artist and curator) and Matthias Osterwold (Artistic Director of MaerzMusik – Festival of Contemporary Music in the Berlin Festivals). The festival is sponsored by the Capital Cultural Fund and supported by the Allianz Cultural Foundation.

More information, images and press accreditations are available through Goldmann PR Berlin and at http://www.sonambiente.net

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