SONIC SOMATIC
FLORENCE, OCTOBER 19 - 22, 2016

Ringtones, claxons, alarms, loudspeakers and sound announcements have become psychological and architectonical elements for the spaces that we live in, from private and public environments to indoors and outdoors. A constantly present but not always comprehensible background sound, which can be investigated from several perspectives. The second edition of SONIC SOMATIC – a festival ranging between contemporary music production and visual arts – aims thus to question a specific field of sound: the acoustic signal in its relationship with body and the urban space.

Free entrance to all the events
SONIC SOMATIC is realized thanks to the contribution of the Municipality of Florence – Estate Fiorentina
SONIC SOMATIC 2016 is realized in collaboration with: Consorzio di Sant'Ambrogio / Controradio / Radio Papesse / Tempo Reale

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from October 19 to 21                            VILLA STROZZI
CITY SONDOLS
Matteo Marangoni
WORKSHOP
Moving from the interest of urban spaces and architecture’s sound perception, the workshop is dedicated to six artists and musicians selected through an open call. The laboratory is held at Villa Strozzi within Tempo Reale’ s venue, alternating moments of in-depth analysis in studio to more practical working sessions. The final purpose is the realization of a sound composition and a choreographic walking route that will be presented to the public during the night of Friday, 21 of October.
IN COLLABORATION WITH TEMPO REALE


from October 19 to 22
MERCATO DI SANT’AMBROGIO
IN LIVING MEMORY OF WHAT NEVER HAPPENED 
James Webb
SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION
A collection of service alerts broadcasted in different languages animates Sant’Ambrogio’s market. The artist James Webb presents for the first time in Italy an audio installation employing the market’s sound system to activate a short circuit between the public space, users and the neighbourhood’s social life.  
PRESENTED BY RADIO PAPESSE

October 21
SEMI-OTTAGONO DELLE MURATE
19:00 PM
SPEAKING VOICE
Gea Brown
PERFORMANCE
Speaking Voice is a project that originates from the communication’s formats, testing its limits, its possibilities and the shapes of interaction. Challenging our attention’s threshold, when our registers blur and the meanings get ambiguous, the vocal messages coexist in a loop collage and sampled sounds, within a precarious balance created trough the actuality of the performance.

21:00 PM
RADIO E PAURA: ARRIVANO GLI ALIENI! 
Rodolfo Sacchettini
LIVE RADIO BROADCASTING ON CONTRORADIO CURATED BY ANDREA MI
«Ladies and gentleman, sorry for the interruption of our programme...». With this announcement in 1938 the CBS broadcasted the landing of aliens on planet Heart. Conflicts, brawls and collective panic will followed all night long. The fiction of the radio drama War of the Worlds by Orson Welles activates a short circuit with the reality of the radio itself, disclosing it as a device enabled to manipulate feelings and to create mass alarms. The most famous radio drama in history is just the most striking point of the constant relationship between radio and fear.
IN COLLABORATION WITH CONTRORADIO

22:30 PM
FEAR OF SILENCE
Alona Rodeh and Rachid Moro
PERFORMANCE
Conceived as lecture-performance, Fear of Silence originates by a reflection on the growing use of alarms among the most diverse musical genres. Israeli artist Alona Rodeh shares her personal point of view about the history of siren devices, tracing a parallel between the evolution of alarms in the military and music field from the beginning of the 19th century up to today. The work has been presented for the first time at the Berlin-based Transmediale Festival in February 2016 and will be performed in Florence as the Italian premiere.

October 21
EX-COMPLESSO DI SANT’ORSOLA 
00:00 AM
CITY SONDOLS
Matteo Marangoni
PERFORMANCE
City Sondols offers temporary appropriation’s strategies in urban and architectonical spaces. These are transformed in set designs for sound and aesthetic rituals where the borders between protest, game and sensorial exploration are blurring. The public is invited to experience such an evocative place of the city both physically and acoustically. The performance is the result of the workshop held by the artist.

00:30 AM
QUASI-A-DANCE-II
Bettina Wenzel
PERFORMANCE
In Bettina Wenzel’s performance, vocal sounds gather in a virtual and irrational chorale. The artist uses megaphones and recording tools in order to create an explosion of sounds where some frequencies are hardly bearable. The artist conquers all the space, offering the public a unique experience through the relationship of body, movement, voice and space.

 

ONLINE PROJECT BY GHANDI WARHOL
Combining online communication strategies and viral videos, the Danish studio Gandhi Warhol has created a series of web-based interventions visible on Sonic Somatic’s web site and on the festival’s social media.