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 aims thus to question a specific field of sound: the acoustic signal in its relationship with body and the urban space. The selected venues are Villa Strozzi, Semi-Ottagono delle Murate, Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, Ex-Convento di Sant’Orsola, Controradio FM

2nd edition

October 19 - 22, 2016
Various Locations


from October 19 to 21                          
Matteo Marangoni
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
James Webb
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
19:00 PM
Gea Brown
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
Rodolfo Sacchettini
«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
Alona Rodeh and Rachid Moro
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
00:00 AM
Matteo Marangoni
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
Bettina Wenzel
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.


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.


GEA BROWN approaches to Djing by researching different musical currents in a constant intersection of history and present. In her sets pioneering electronic music and the American minimalism of the 60's get in dialog with the sonorities of the recent electronic and electroacustic music. She reveals an eclectic approach by picking up also on ethno music, noise and tribalism, with a strong interest for the vocal element coming from spoken word and sound poetry.  Her last projects are focused on voice in spoken language andtry to find a balance between narrative and sound, semantic field and music. Her dj set have been shown in contemporary art centers (Museo Marino Marini, Triennale di Milano, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Palazzo Strozzi, Villa Romana), experimental music festival (International Feel, S/V/N, Terraforma, Hand Signed, Transart) and radio & magazine (Radio Papesse, Novaradio, Datscha Radio, FSK, Mixtura.org, Stroom.tv, Gonzo Circus).

MATTEO MARANGONI is a sound artist based in The Hague. Focusing on the potential of listening to establish new connections between people, places and objects, Matteo Marangoni’s performances and installations employ field recordings, sound archives, computer programming and DIY electronics. Finding unconventional uses for audio technologies and other media, his work probes the relationship between sound, space and the body, approaching the body of the listener through physical experiences that collapse and reshape the space between subject and object. His work has been presented amongst others at Stroom Den Haag, TodayArt festival, Volkspaleis, Dag in de Branding (The Hague), STEIM, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, W139 (Amsterdam), Ethonologisches Museum (Berlin), November Music (Den Bosch), STUK (Leuven), NAISA (Toronto), CentroCentro (Madrid), European Media Art Festival (Osnabruck), Centrale Fies (Dro), Triennale di Milano (Milan), Fabbrica Europa (Florence), Q-02 (Brussels) and Goldsmith’s University (London).

ALONA RODEH is a visual artist based in Tel Aviv and Berlin. Rodeh’s works react to cultural phenomena by engaging and appropriating their visual and concrete manifestations, rooted in the daily practice of the public sphere. Her large-scale works have been exhibited at venues including among others Tel Aviv Museum, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, CCA Tel Aviv, Plug In ICA in Winnipeg, Canada, Grimmuseum Berlin and others. She has held performances at Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, at the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennial, Israel Museum, Transmediale and others. 

RODOLFO SACCHETTINI  is a theater critic and radio host based in Florence. Along with Silvia Bottiroli and Cristina Ventrucci, he was a member of the critical-organizational coordination of the Santarcangelo Festival (2009-2011). He published La radiofonica arte invisibile. Il radiodramma italiano prima della televisione (Titivillus, 2011), and curated with Debora Pietrobono the book Il teatro salvato dai ragazzini (Edizioni dell’Asino, 2011). In 2008 he won the Special Prize Idolina Landol del Premio letterario Dessì, and the Prize “Lo Straniero".

GANDI WHAROL is a design and research studio founded in Denmark in 2014 by Jon Dahl and Aaliyah Schmeichel. The couple actively collaborates with The Invisible Magazine.

JAMES WEBB is a South African interdisciplinary artist based in Cape Town. His work, framed in large-scale installations in galleries and museums, or as unannounced interventions in public spaces, often makes use of ellipsis, displacement and détournement to explore the nature of belief and the dynamics of communication in our contemporary world. Webb’s practice employs a variety of media including audio, installation and text, referencing aspects of the conceptualist and minimalist traditions, as well as his academic studies in advertising, comparative religion and theatre. Webb has presented his work around the world at institutions such as Wanås Konst in Sweden, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France, and the Darat al Funun in Amman, Jordan, as well as on major international exhibitions such as the 12th Bienal de la Habana (2015), 55th Biennale di Venezia (2013), the 3rd Marrakech Biennale (2009), the 2009 Melbourne International Arts Festival and the 8th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (2007). 

BETTINA WENZEL composes and develops vocal pieces and intermedia performances. Her compositions are a constant endeavour into vocal sounds, that reach beyond the limitations of the human voice. Since 2000 Bettina Wenzel has been presenting her vocal work in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Slowakia, India and the United States.2009 Artist-in-Residence by Kunststiftung NRW and Goetheinstitut Mumbai during 6 month in Bombay, India. Recent works are "fleisch", an intermedia performance-evening (2014) and "new_delhi_distillation" as part of the festival "currently living in…" (2015). 

SONIC SOMATIC 2016, 2nd edition
Realized thanks to the contribution of
Comune di Firenze nell’ambito dell’Estate Fiorentina 2016
in collaboration with
Consorzio di Sant'Ambrogio | Controradio | Radio Papesse | Tempo Reale