“Sonic Somatic” sound festival in Florence, Italy, October 8-10, 2015



October 8 – 10, 2015

Florence, Italy

Trial Version and International Feel present SONIC SOMATIC, a three-day festival (October 8-10, 2015) that aims to explore the world of sound moving between contemporary music production and visual arts through the specific perspective of the body.

With musical performances, collective listening sessions, and site-specific installations, SONIC SOMATIC condenses a wide cultural offering in just a few days, experimenting with the relationships between body, space and sound. SONIC SOMATIC is conceived as a diffused festival involving a diversity of spaces around the city of Florence. The courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, the English Cemetary, and the Museo Marino Marini will host site-specific sound projects, created in close dialogue with the cultural identity and the physical architecture of such places.

SONIC SOMATIC opens its program on Wednesday, October 8th in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi with Vexations by Erik Satie, performed for this occasion by Alessandria di Nardo. Vexations (1893) is renowned for being the longest music composition ever: a short score exhausting in 152 notes and written on five pentagrams, that Satie was invited to play 840 times. Since the first historical performance by John Cage in 1963 in New York, the piece has been publicly played only 25 times in history. Vexations has always put the player and the public to the test with a total duration between 9 and 24 hours. On the occasion of SONIC SOMATIC, Vexations will be played for 26th times, the first time in Florence. In the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, Alessandria di Nardo will play the piece from 10am ending at approximately at 10pm. The twelve-hours performance will involve the audience visually and acoustically, modifying the perception of the space-time dimension both on an individual and a collective level.

Thursday 8 October

Courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi
From 10 am to 10 pm
Erik Satie: Vexations by Alessandria Di Nardo
Free entrance

Friday 9 October
Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri
Pedestrian entrance from via del Pian dei Giullari, 16
6:00 pm
Helicotrema. Recorded Audio Festival
Curated by Blauer Hase in collaboration with Giulia Morucchio
Collective listening session Submarine
Tracks by: Anna Raimondo, Isabella Bordoni, Carlo Giordani, Claudio Beorchia
Free entrance, booking compulsory: sonicsomatic@gmail.com

7:00 pm
Blind Injections
Site-specific installation by Giacomo Raffaelli
Free entrance

9:00 pm
Helicotrema. Recorded Audio Festival
Curated by Blauer Hase in collaboration with Giulia Morucchio
Collective listening session White Noise
Tracks by: Stefano Giannotti, Giacomo Raffaelli, Atau Tanaka, Francesca Grilli, Stijn Demeulenaere, Alberto Tadiello
Free entrance, booking compulsory: sonicsomatic@gmail.com

Saturday 10 October
Cimitero degli Inglesi
Piazzale Donatello
11:30 am
Helicotrema. Recorded Audio Festival
curated by Blauer Hase in collaboration with Giulia Morucchio

I Trasparenti
Sound itinerary within the cemetery with tracks by: Hildegard Westerkamp, Pauline Oliveros, Alberto Tadiello e James Webb
Free entrance, booking compulsory: sonicsomatic@gmail.com

Museo Marino Marini
Piazza San Pancrazio
9:00 pm
Helicotrema. Recorded Audio Festival
Collective listening session curated by Rodolfo Sacchettini
Free entrance, booking compulsory: sonicsomatic@gmail.com

9:30 pm
Expanding Illuminance
Audio-video performance by Thomas Köner
Ticket €10.00 sold with presale

SONIC SOMATIC is a project by Trial Version and International Feel in collaboration with Blauer Hase and Giulia Morucchio, with the contribution of Estate Fiorentina 2015, Municipality of Firenze, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Museo Marino Marini, INAF – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, AAAA Associazione Astronomica Amici di Arcetri, Cimitero degli Inglesi.


SACI logoDid you know that SACI offers a course in Sound Art? This studio art class aims at exploring sound as a unique and powerful artistic medium. Sound Art approaches the world of sounds from an unrestricted perspective, thus making the field open to every artist who wants to explore this medium for creative purposes.

Also offered at SACI is the Body Archives course: All cultures and époques have produced their own scientific, aesthetic or symbolic image of the human body and Florence has given some important contributions to the history of its representation. This course is based on observation, study and creative response to the body-related iconographic context in Florence. Find out more on the SACI website: www.saci-florence.edu

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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