1st edition
October 8 - 10, 2015

On the occasion of the 2015 edition of the Estate Fiorentina, SONIC SOMATIC presents a three-day festival that aims to explore sounds’ world moving between contemporary music production and visual arts through the specific perspective of the body. Spanning music performances, collective listening sessions and site-specific installations, SONIC SOMATIC condenses in a few days a wide cultural offer playing with the relation between body, space and sound. SONIC SOMATIC is conceived as a diffused festival involving a diversity of spaces in the city of Florence. The courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, the Cimitero degli Inglesi and the Museo Marino Marini will host site-specific sound projects, created in close dialogue with the cultural identity and the physical architecture of such places.

Free entrance for all the events
Some of them are upon reservation

Saturday, 10th October
Cimitero degli Inglesi
Piazzale Donatello
11.30 am
HELICOTREMA. Recorded Audio Festival
curated by Blauer Hase in collaboration with Giulia Morucchio
I Trasparenti
Sound itinerary within the cemetery with tracks by: Hildegard Westerkamp, Pauline Oliveros, Alberto Tadiello e James Webb

Museo Marino Marini
Piazza San Pancrazio
9.00 pm
HELICOTREMA. Recorded Audio Festival
Collective listening session curated by Rodolfo Sacchettini
A listening session curated by the critic, curator and radio drama historian Rodolfo Sacchettini. The audience experiences a varied programme inspired by Alfred Jarry including sound works, audio dramas, radio documentaries and field recordings.
In dialogue with the project Alfred Jarry Archipelago. HA-HA held in the spaces of the museum.

9.30 pm
The Italian première of Expanding Illuminance, a multimedia performance by Thomas Köner. Produced by Les Rencontres Internationales Paris in collaboration with Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), Expanding Illuminance is a hypnotic journey between two utopian visions of the future proposed by two sci-fi classics: Metropolis (1927) by Fritz Lang and the cult movie from the ‘80s Tron by Steven Lisberger.

















Thursday, 8th October
Courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza Strozzi
From 11.00 am to 11.00 pm
by Alessandria Di Nardo
Vexations (1893) is renowned for being the longest music composition ever: a short score exhausting in 152 notes and written on five pentagrams, that Satie invited to play for 840 times. Since the first historical performance by John Cage in 1963 in New York the piece has been publicly played only 25 times in history. Vexations has always put the player and the public to the test with a total duration between 9 and 24 hours. Vexations will be played for 26th times, the first one in Florence. In the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, Alessandria di Nardo will play the piece from 11.00 am ending at approximately at 11.00 pm. The twelve-hours performance will involve the audience visually and acoustically, modifying the perception of the space-time dimension both on an individual and a collective level.
Vexations has been supported by Palazzo Strozzi Foundation

Friday, 9th October
Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri
Pedestrian entrance from via del Pian dei Giullari, 16

6.00 pm
HELICOTREMA. Recorded Audio Festival
curated by Blauer Hase in collaboration with Giulia Morucchio
Using the typical methodologies of a cinema short films festival, Helicotrema presents a programme of unreleased sound works realised by international artists and authors. Helicotrema aims to a re-appropriation of the act of collective listening through the recovery of the radio broadcastings’ tradition. 
In the spaces of the Osservatorio two different listening sessions takes place on the theme of exploration and scientific research in relation to sound.

Collective listening session with tracks by: Anna Raimondo, Isabella Bordoni, Carlo Giordani, Claudio Beorchia

7.00 pm
Site-specific installation by Giacomo Raffaelli
For the library of the observatory Raffaelli has produced Blind Injections, an audiovisual installation that explores specific aspects – both scientific and anthropologic – of the activity registered by the VIRGO interferometer, a detector of gravitational waves active in the province of Pisa since 2003. Starting from an interest in forms of measurement and the more peripheral features of scientific research, Raffaelli’s work explores the sound as an instrument of inquiry of the universe.

9.00 pm
HELICOTREMA. Recorded Audio Festival
White Noise
Collective listening session with tracks by: Stefano Giannotti, Giacomo Raffaelli,
Atau Tanaka, Francesca Grilli, Stijn Demeulenaere, Alberto Tadiello