Performa Biennial 2023

Performa Biennial 2023

Sonic Tonic Assembly: merging sonic poetry, abstract music, and diverse tech. Artists craft unique soundscapes from location-based recordings.

Sonic Tonic Assembly

At the intersection of sonic poetry, abstracted music, and experimental Black and global feminist technologies, Sonic Tonic Assembly is a listening program of innovative sound artists using location-specific field recording as their starting point to create aural worlds. The program features presents two episodes, both of which use sound as a means for analyzing the ecological and social landscapes of Finland in a time of rapid change. A Performa and PUBLICS co-commission, co-produced with PALO Art Productions.

Sonic Tonic Assembly  “Sonic Wilderness”

November 16, 6 PM
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Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn

Gathered in New York for the first time, renowned artists AGF, Islaja, Lau Nau and Cucina Povera perform together in a dedicated event as individual artists and as a collaborative group as part of an intense sonic experience. During the one-day performance, Antye Greie-Ripatti aka AGF, Islaja, Lau Nau, and Cucina Povera will perform collectively as part of a durational relay of sonic movements and responsive interconnections across and between each artist’s work based on a dialogical process to gather together, interpret, and co-mingle with field recordings from Finland. Co-presented with Pioneer Works.

Sonic Tonic Assembly “Sounding a Black Grammar”

November 17, 1 PM
Performa Hub
408 Broadway, New York

Moderated by curator and writer Bhavisha Panchia, “Sounding a Black Grammar” is a combined listening panel, exhibition, performance, and discursive event. The episode will advance different registers of listening through discussions and playback sessions with HxH (Lester St. Louis and Chris Williams) and Lamin Fofana, a film screening with Tony Cokes, the launch of the album Stupor by KMRU, and a pop-up shop with talks, listening sessions, and new releases from “Sonic Wilderness.”

Performa Biennial 2023

SONIC TONIC ASSEMBLY is organized and curated by Paul O’Neill, Artistic Director of PUBLICS, and Defne Ayas, Curator-at-Large at Performa.

Sonic Wilderness is co-produced by Performa and PALO Art Productions, Helsinki, and co-presented with Pioneer Works. 

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