Reassemble Part 2: Sound Ecologies

25 October - 30 October (physical)

Reassemble

Sound Ecologies

Experiences to sense environments in transformation

The second part within FIBER Festival’s Reassemble lab explores the potential of (spatial) sound experiences to investigate and sense ecological processes and landscapes in transformation. With Sound Ecologies we boost interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, designers, researchers,  musicians, ecologists and scientists in order to raise awareness or make experienceable the invisible effects of the Anthropocene.

The program provides a combination of lectures, workshops, and fieldwork to support group research and work development. We actively welcome ecologists, anthropologists, biologists, architects or others that work with sound and ecology to this lab as well.

The physical lab takes place from 25 to 30 October in The Netherlands.

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We invite makers and thinkers who are active in sound, ecology-focused art and the environmental humanities. For example artists, designers, musicians, ecologists and a wide variety of scientists who work with, or are interested in, the medium of sound in the broadest sense of the word to conduct research and craft new perspectives. Together, we will investigate an area in the Netherlands where we will set out to capture the often untraceable interactions between industry, engineering and ecology.

FIBER 2021
As it happens, Sound Ecologies coincides with FIBER Festival 2021, which takes place on 28, 29 and 30 October. Participants of the lab can attend some events for free and will have early access to paid programs. FIBER Festival is typically visited by artists, professionals, curators and fans, which creates an additional networking opportunity.

What does Sound Ecologies offer you?

Sound Ecologies offers a temporary lab space for interdisciplinary experimentation, peer-to-peer research and the collective prototyping of new works; sonic spaces, performances and (sound) installations. In the lectures, inspiration and knowledge are shared by specialized artists and researchers. Fieldwork is an essential part of the lab.

Workshops and work-sessions will focus on theory, techniques and methods, expanding to research or experiencing sound as tactile sensations through transducers, or visualizing recorded sounds. Mentors advise the participants throughout the lab and at the end you work towards a presentation of audible and tangible experiments.

Invited Artists

  • Territorial Agency [NL]
    Artist talk Part of: Lecture programme
    Theun Karelse [NL]
    Artist talk Part of: Lecture programme
    Annika Kappner [NL]
    Artist talk Part of: Lecture programme
    Anna Volkmar [NL]
    Artist talk Part of: Lecture programme
    Jana Winderen [NL]
    Artist talk Part of: Lecture programme
    Sharon Stewart [NL]
    Artist talk Part of: Lecture programme
    Yolanda Uriz Elizalde [NL]
    Artist talk Part of: Lecture programme

What will you research?

The technocratic landscape of the late Holocene

The content of the program is both technical, situated and theoretical, moving between working with software, data, field research and discussing and designing with ecological knowledge. Within Sound Ecologies we will focus on investigating a context and a related case: the area around the Borssele nuclear power plant.

Read Full Artistic Statement ‘The technocratic landscape of the late Holoscene’ (Xandra van der Eijk) here .

Below a summary:

In the Netherlands, a landscape is considered a non-fixed entity that can be utilised, adjusted, reshaped and reworked. Its earth layers, built up over millions of years, are redistributed at will, their materialities chaotically re-organised into a non-linear timeline. In the last 150 years, technological development has increasingly enabled the Dutch to pursue domination over land and sea, earning them a questionable reputation as “masters of water”. It is a carefully crafted narrative of technological development, of progress and victory. Yet nearing the end of the Holocene, in the border zone of transition, other narratives emerge.

Research trip to Borssele
In one particular part of the Netherlands, a small beach outcrop in the Zeeland peninsula, sound stitches all narratives together. Both onshore and offshore, vibration moves with, between and through everything that exists. Against a backdrop of windmills and the Borssele nuclear facilities, and situated at one of the world’s economically most important waterways, the place emits a constant humming, a grunting, a grinding.

We will immerse ourselves in this technocratic landscape and ask ourselves: What is transition in a place that is never static and where time is non-linear? Can we attune ourselves to the complexity of realities unfolding? Who is vibrating, how can their tune be detected, and how can their story be told?

Open Call

The temporary Sound Ecologies lab invites artistic creators, researchers and scientists to collaborate in a peer-to-peer setting. You will investigate the possibilities of sonic experiences in relation to the interweaving of anthropocentric and ecological activities. How can we get a better understanding of the functioning and transformation of ecosystems (or parts of them)? How can we map an environment to tell untold stories about it?

The aim of the lab is to introduce participants to various artistic and scientific work processes, to explore an environment through sonic mapping and to use these methods to experiment with prototypes for new works.

The Reassemble team, in cooperation with external experts, selects a group of participants of diverse composition. The participation fee is € 70. This gives you access to all parts of the lab, all lectures, workshops and mentor feedback. We are aware that in this pandemic reality it is not possible for everyone to pay this amount. If you would like to participate, but are unable to pay the fee, please contact us so we can search for a solution together.

Planning Open Call:

  • Relaunch Open Call Sound Ecologies*: Thursday August 5
  • Open Call Closes: Sunday September 5 (23:59)
  • Selection Participants: Friday September 10 (contact by email)
  • Sound Ecologies Lab: Monday 25 to Saturday 30 October

 

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*Applications for the original dates are of course still valid, applicants have been contacted by mail.

Planning (subject to change)

General planning (subject to change)
Sun 24 Oct | welcome drinks (afternoon) in Amsterdam | time T.B.A.
Mon 25 Oct | lectures & introductions in Amsterdam | 10:00 – 22:00 CEST
Tue 26 Oct | field research trip to Borssele nuclear plant area | 10:00 – 22:00 CEST
Wed 27 Oct | talk/workshop & development session in Amsterdam | 10:00 – 22:00 CEST
Thu 28 Oct | talk/workshop & development session in Amsterdam | 10:00 – 22:00 CEST
Fri 29 Oct | talk/workshop & development session in Amsterdam | 10:00 – 22:00 CEST
Sat 30 Oct | development session & final presentations (open lab sessions) in Amsterdam | 10:00 – late

FAQ

What is the goal of the lab? Why participate?
The aim of the lab is to give a broad group of makers and thinkers – artists, designers, musicians, researchers, ecologists, architects, biologists – the opportunity to work in a community setting on research, knowledge exchange and the first experiments for new installations, performances or other artistic productions.

In terms of scope and content, we explore the possibilities of audiovisual art, design research and artistic research to depict landscapes in radical transformation and thereby understand them in alternative ways. What insights can we gain when listening to bodies of water? How can complex ecological processes be made transparent through performances?

 

What is the structure and programme of the lab?
The lab programme consists of 6 long working days, during which both work at the lab location and an excursion is organised. As a rule, lab hours are from 10:00 – 22:00, but this differs per lab. Definite times will be shared upon registration. Please take into account an intensive programme. At the end of the lab there will be a public presentation of the research and outcomes.

 

What does collaboration mean within the lab?
Within the lab, we encourage the development of new research and prototypes for new works in a community setting. This means that we encourage each participant to work together in an interdisciplinary manner. If you want to apply with an existing project, it is important to know that we do not offer a classical residency programme to develop only that work. We ask you to be open to new insights and collaborations, which might also enable new research.

 

How is the application and selection process organized?
The selection of the lab takes place on the basis of an international open call. The planning of this open call is:

  • Relaunch Open Call Sound Ecologies: Thursday August 5
  • Open Call Closes: Sunday September 5 (23:59)
  • Selection Participants: Friday September 10 (contact by email)
  • Sound Ecologies Lab: Monday 25 to Saturday 30 October

After registration, a team of organisers and mentors will make the selection and then inform all interested parties of the final selection. We aim to compose a group as diverse as possible. See our website for a detailed description of our diversity and inclusion approach.

 

What does the lab cost and what is included?
Participation in the lab is € 70. For this you get 6 days of programming and the opportunity to work with several art, design and research experts. Not included are food, drink, accommodation and travel. This is at the participants’ expense.

 

How is support offered to all participants?
Within the lab, there is the opportunity to experiment in a collective setting, exchange knowledge, conduct research and work on a prototype for new works. We offer guidance in the form of workshops, master classes, inspiration lectures and sessions where participants work together. Micro-workshops involve tools, working techniques and specific methods that can be brought in by the participants themselves.

The lab mentors and workshop leaders advise and assist in the development of research and experiments. The team will also actively link people to each other to create valuable cross-pollinations.

 

Travel and accommodation
Participants in the lab must pay for and arrange their own travel and accommodation.The FIBER team can advise finding a suitable place in Amsterdam, but participants must enter into the agreement themselves.

What is Reassemble?

FIBER Festival’s Lab for Art Technology and Ecology

Do you strive to bring awareness to multi-layered and interdependent ecologies? Do you want to perceive reality through sensorial experiences and explore more-than-human futures? Are you curious to share knowledge between makers and thinkers and work with technology in interdisciplinary ways? If so, we invite you to gather and reassemble.

Reassemble is FIBER Festival’s new multi-year lab programme that will connect the festival editions. The lab strives to contribute to our understanding of great planetary challenges by supporting artistic makers and inquisitive thinkers in prototyping new (collaborative) works and ways of knowing. This takes place in partnership with research institutions and other cultural organisations. 

The lab offers multi-day programmes consisting of workshops, collaborative working sessions, field trips, discussions and public programmes. Various topics and developments are explored in thematic blocks – called ‘Parts’ – and a wide variety of tool(kits) and methods are exchanged. In 2021, the first two Parts will take place, leading up to a new FIBER Festival edition.

Reassemble believes in the civic agency of a new generation of audiovisual artists, designers, coders, performers and researchers who are materialising and speculating about mutual interactions between humans, and regenerative relationships between ourselves and our environment.

Reassemble is supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Stimuleringsfonds. Design by Mary Universe (Mary Ponomareva).

Inclusivity

Critical Tool Analysis

Parallel to the ‘making’, Sound Ecologies critically reflects on the historical and sociopolitical contexts in which digital tools are created and the contemporary (digital) cultures they are part of. The ways in which technological developments shape a multitude of different futures can be liberating for some and dehumanizing for others.  They are forces of extraction, exclusion and division, while they simultaneously offer the possibility to give form and imagination to new, necessary realities.

Who develops the tools and platforms we use? What is the cultural impact and political/commercial origin of simulation technologies and machine learning? In what ways do the current forms of these technologies relate to ecological and social problems? Do they help with creating solutions? Do they add fuel to the fire? What possibilities are there for artistic practices to adapt their use, or even reassemble them to accommodate representation and inclusion? A network of researchers will investigate the lab methods, techniques and principles and disseminate them through our platform.

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

In addition to understanding our entanglement with a multispecies reality, the lab will  strive to bring together a rich prism of perspectives – including feminist, queer,  non-binary, trans and voices of color – to share resources, time and space with many different imaginations of our near-future societies. We warmly welcome participants from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds and people from LGBTQIA+ communities.

Despite some of the technical aspects of the lab, the focus will be on unlocking and  accessing a wide variety of (non-coding) skills. This will be done through  interdisciplinary collaboration and conceptual approaches to topics. Therefore, the lab will also be a valuable environment for newcomers to narrative, sonification and visualization techniques.

Team, Mentors & Guests

We will be releasing the names of more mentors, workshop leaders and speakers soon. Watch this space!

  • Mahdi Nasser
    Researcher & Lab Support
    Xandra van der Eijk
    Mentor, curator, Selection Comittee
    Mark IJzerman
    Mentor, curator, Selection Comittee
    Jarl Schulp
    Mentor, curator, Selection Comittee
    Rhian Morris
    Researcher, Assistant Curator, Lab Production

Partners

Reassemble is made possible with the generous support of the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and Creative Industry Fund NL. Project partners are CREATURES and Tolhuistuin.