Vibrant Matter in Concrete Dreams Of Sound

Part of the Concrete Dreams of Sound programme, this symposium brings together an international group of artists, architects, and theorists whose work invites us to rethink the material nature of sound and the possibilities of a sonic architecture.

It includes presentations, conversations, and performances by Merche Blasco, whose work makes audible the ‘vibrant matter’ uniting human and non-human worlds; Katarzyna Krakowiak, who creates vibrational architectures that enhance, rather than attenuate, sonic and vibrational phenomena, including the much-lauded Polish Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture; Mendi+Keith Obadike, whose vital transmissions include broadcasting a composition concerned with race and power via the glass façade of a building in Manhattan, as in their public sound work Blues Speaker [for James Baldwin] (2015); Marina Peterson, whose work attunes to ‘vibrating matter’ and how sound materializes as noise, air, and atmosphere; Jonathan Tyrrell, who challenges paradigms in architectural acoustics by privileging the material transmission of sound over the frameworks of resonance and reverberation; and Jan St. Werner, who conceives of sound as spatial practice, and who creates anarchic architectures that deploy sound’s material and physical properties, as well as psychoacoustic processes, to challenge the fixity and stability of architectural forms and structures.

The symposium is hosted by The Artists-in-Berlin Program and SONCITIES in the framework of Concrete Dreams of Sound.

It will take place in English. The admission is free, no registration required.

9.30 am coffee
10 am Jonathan Tyrrell, Architecture’s Acoustic Shadow 
11 am Katarzyna Krakowiak
–lunch break–
2 pm Jan St. Werner
3 pm Mendi+Keith Obadike, Blues Speaker / Book of Light 
4 pm Marina Peterson (response)
6 pm Vibrant Matter, live performance by Merche Blasco

daadgalerie Oranienstr. 161, 10969 Berlin

Photo: Vibrant Matter (2019) by Merche Blasco.