October, 4, 5 6, 2019
Parco delle Cascine and
PARC Performing Arts Research Centre,
SONIC SOMATIC is a festival that moves between visual arts and contemporary sound research. For its fifth edition it presents a programme that includes listening walks, site specific sonic journeys, performances inside Parco delle Cascine and a sleeping concert in the spaces of PARC. Performing Art Centre, in collaboration with Fondazione Fabbrica Europa and Radio Papesse.
Sonic Somatic is part of the Estate Fiorentina 2019 program.
During the days of the festival we suggest to reach Parco delle Cascine by the tramvia where, from October 3rd to 6th, Radio Papesse curates Benjamin, a festival of sound art taking place at tram shelters: 12 stops with more than 40 artists involved.
All the event are free some of them require reservation
FRIDAY OCTOBER 4
Cascine Silent Soundwalk
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The silent soundwalk guided by the artist Elisabetta Senesi is structured as a surprise journey through some of the areas of Parco delle Cascine and is aimed at exploring the surrounding environment during a normal ordinary day. By listening and walking in silence, visitors will let themselves be led by the surroundings and by their imagination.
from 5.30 until 7.00 pm
Site specific soundwalk
A guided meditation to reconnect with our individual and collective bodies, to enter into conversation with the planetary body, the center of the earth. Interweaving sonic elements of the cultural and botanical heritage of Parco delle Cascine with information on the history of power structures and plants co-creating the park, a new experiential dimension is created.
The work is created in collaboration with Berlin based composer Eric Maltz (US).
SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER
from 3.00 until 7.30 pm
Site specific soundwalk
Cascine Silent Soundwalk
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from 3.30 until 5.00 pm
0: Vacua Forma
Performance site specific
Site specific performance, in which the body becomes a means through which to open the investigation of silence, emptiness, minimal form. Visitors take on an active role, becoming an integral part of the space and of the temporal scan. Emptiness and silence are contemplative spaces, far from the idea of absence and negation.
Black Med is a listening session reflecting on the Mediterranean Sea, once understood as a fluid entity aiding the formation of networks and exchange, is now the scenario of a humanitarian crisis and heated geopolitical dispute. Originally produced for Manifesta 12, following Alessandra Di Maio’s adaptation of the Black Atlantic theory to the Mediterranean, Black Med aims at intercepting the trajectories that sounds trace passing through this protean area, with a series of live acts and listening sessions.
From 22.30 pm until 8.00 am
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How does it feel to sleep lulled by music from night till dawn? Sound can envelop and influence our dreams, leading us into a state of greater consciousness of our oneiric dimension while allowing a deeper connection with the other bodies lying next to ours.
Un Hombre que camina
video, full HD, 2014, 21’30”
vo: Spanish sub: eng
Shot in the world’s largest salt flat, Uyuni in Bolivia, at almost 4.000 metres above sea level, Enrique Ramirez’s film is a poetic reflection on regional loss of identity, the desire of reconnecting historical and cultural separation in balance between tradition and modernity. As a modern shaman, the film’s protagonist undertakes an oneiric and surreal journey, a departure from his life with his face covered by a diablada mask.
The soundtrack was released by Hueso Records in 2018, founded by Ivàn Navarro.
In Florence Chirstian Naujoks he performs his latest album Wave, its most exquisitely melancholy and most expertly crafted work so far. A rarified and gently captivating expression of ambient romance.
Biodiversità Records (FossaDelRumore and USER FROM PT in X)
An electroacoustic set where sound effects interwine processed field recordings. X takes its cue from an investigation into the digitalization of the frequency interferences that elapse between nature and the sleeping human being, both energy sources. Biodiversità Records is a Florence based independent label. Since its foundation in 2017, it is committed to safeguarding the biodiversity of its catalog, supporting musicians who share an interest in nature, ecology and experimentation.
Radio Concrete is an experimental radio show. The sound artist Hagai Izenberg mix togheter fresh raw materials including field recordings of our everyday routine, samples and loops from tv & radio, news editions and advertisements.
Da orizzonte a orizzonte un unico silenzio sospeso
Alpin Folks orchestrates an image of both familiar and exotic nature, combining diverse sound sources and quotes from literary and scientific texts. The reading, from being the evening ritual that precedes sleep, here accompanies the dawn and mixes with the dream before waking up. Alpin Folks thanks Piano B Edizioni.
Cosmic Earth Yoga
A series of Yoga exercises to wake up and develop our capacity for receiving, to reconnect with our bodies and the Earth, to ground ourselves.
FROM FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
Benjamin is a sound art festival at the tramway stops. Soundscapes and experimental sounds will take over the tramway speakers: 4 days, more than 40 sound artists and 12 stops to transform the waiting time into an imaginary journey!
Alpin Folks is a duo formed by Martino Margheri e Alessandra Tempesti (a.k.a Gea Brown). The duo formed in 2010 after the artists discovered a mutual interest towards some sounds of electronic music and an affinity for a visual imagery in which a Panic sense of nature recurs. After having dedicated their initial research to the sonic narrative found in imaginative experiences of the mountain (and of the Alpine peaks), Alpin Folks now concentrate their investigation on a broader concept of narration, giving shape to an inner landscape based on sampling, stratification of sonic forms and dramaturgy of the word.
Biodiversità Records (FossaDelRumore a.k.a Pietro Michi and USER FROM PT a.k.a Massimiliano Fortunati)
FossaDelRumore a.k.a Pietro Michi is a musician based in Florence, where he lives and studies agronomy and feeds his interest in biology and ecology. He's been working with field recording since 2012 and in 2016 he started producing and releasing albums under different names and with diverse labels. He is the founder of Biodiversità Records.
USER FROM PT a.k.a Massimiliano Fortunati is a musician, sound producer and tracks selector. He studied electroacoustic composition at Cherubini Conservatory in Florence.
Hagai Izenberg is a sound artist, composer and musician, founder member of the electronic band Rendezvous. Born in 1978, he lives and works in Israel.
He received early musical education studying organ and piano and later enrolled to study music at Rimon - School of Jazz and Contemporary music which has led him to explore and play synthesizers with Rendezvous.
He plays experimental live sets on festivals and art events in Israel and abroad, active in the radio-art scene under the name Radio Concrete and also composes works for sound installations.
Annika Kappner creates multi-sensory compositions in the extended field of painting, combining installation, sculpture, sound and performance to create glitches in perception. Prompted by her experience as investment banker, her work is interested in the evolution of consciousness, the shifting perception of (self) image in relation to mental patterns and the underlying forces that shape their systemic counterparts in nature, visual arts, technology and science. She seeks to add experiential perspectives to the contemporary relationship between human, nature and technology, addressing concepts of non-duality and otherness. She is a co-founder of the multi-disciplinary artist collective Elephants & Volcanoes.
Her work has been presented, among others, at Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL), Kunstfort Vijfhuizen (NL), Marres House for Contemporary Art Maastricht (NL), Bienal Internacional de Arte Amazónico, Pucallpa (PE), Concordia University, Montreal (CA), National Museum of Natural History, Menton (FR), Rush Arts Gallery, New York (US) and Wallace Museum, London (UK).
Christian Naujoks is an artist working with music, theatre, performance, installation and painting. He has also been active as a DJ in the Hamburg electronic music scene associated with the Golden Pudel Club and released three solo albums on Berlin-based label Dial Records. He is part of the experimental music group Sky Walking and frequently collaborates with other artists such as Sung Tieu, Ei Arakawa, Sarah Chow and Dan Poston. Recent performances and exhibitions include Münchner Kammerspiele, DE (2019), Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf, DE (2018), Salzburger Kunstverein, AT (2018), Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, DE (2018), Vleeshal Middelburg, NL (2017), Meakusma Festival Eupen, BG (2017), Skulptur Projekte Münster, DE (2017), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, DE (2017) and Royal Academy of Arts London, UK (2017).
Enrique Ramírez was born in 1979 in Santiago de Chile. Since 2010, he lives and works between Paris (France) and Santiago (Chile). He studied popular music and cinema in Chile before joining the post graduate master in contemporary art and new media of Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains (Tourcoing, France). In 2014 he won the discovery price of Les Amis du Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. He has since exposed in some major places in France as Le Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; le Grand Café – Centre d’art contemporain, Saint-Nazaire and in Central and South America as Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico ; Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago, Chile ; Centro Cultural MATTA, Buenos Aires, Argentina… In 2017, he was invited to the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia curated by Christine Macel.
Elisabetta Senesi is an Italian artist and academic in visual/sonic arts combining interactive installations with creative programming, research-based field recordings, DIY electronics, photographs, and non-linear soundscape compositions. She works within the context of public/intervention art, critical listening and experimental performance/theatre by focusing on concept of space, sense of place, and narrative of the mundane. She lives and works in Florence.
SONIC SOMATIC 2019, 5th edition
Realized thanks to the contribution of Comune di Firenze nell’ambito dell’Estate Fiorentina 2019
In collaboration with Fondazione Fabbrica Europa, Radio Papesse, PARC Performing Arts Research Centre, Anghiari Dance Hub
Technical Partner Omikron, Lottozero
Graphic Project Dania Menafra