Sensing Sound Exhibition @ Musical Utopias #2

Modern Body is proud to invite you to Sensing Sound, a sound art exhibition exploring augmented sound perception. It features participatory and interactive works by Alina Ozerova, Stelios Manousakis, and Yolanda Uriz Elizalde.

The exhibition is part of the program of Musical Utopias #2: A festival of Sonic Embrace (20-21 December) and is made possible with the collaboration of Ensemble KlangKorzo theater, and STEIM

Entrance to the installations is free, so please come by, say hello and experience these beautiful works! 

Sensing Sound exhibition | Musical Utopias #2
Installations by Alina Ozerova, Yolanda Uriz Elizalde and Stelios Manousakis 

20:00-00:00 Friday, 20 Dec 2019
14:00-00:00 Saturday, 21 Dec 2019

Korzo Theater, Prinsestraat 42, 2513 CE, The Hague

Musical Utopias #2: A festival of Sonic Embrace
Musical Utopias explores humankind’s relationship to society, the environment, and social and political activism. The upcoming second edition looks optimistically into the future, focusing on self-reflection and inner clarity that drives a sharper broader perception.  The program reaches across multiple genres: expect profound sound meditation, deep and dark sonic baths, award-winning documentary films, contemporary music, minimalism, electronica, installations and ritualistic dance grooves.

2-day Exhibition

20-21 December 2019

Exhibition visiting hours
Dec 20: 20:00 – 0:00
Dec 21: 14:00 – 0:00

Exhibition tickets
Free entrance

Korzo Theater
Prinsestraat 42,
2513 CE, The Hague

Exhibited Works

Alina Ozerova (RU/NL) | sonó/curso

Dutch Premiere

Three objects for physical interaction, 4-channel sound, tactile audio transducers on wood, gymnastics rings and mats, suspension ropes.
Duration: 12 minutes in a loop

This sound installation was developed in Quito (Ecuador) in Cumanda, a culture and sports center built in the place of a former regional bus terminal. Sounds used for tactile speakers were recorded on public buses in Quito.

The piece is part of Ozerova's 'Non-vertical listening' series, a project that questions the type of verticality that freezes and alienates listener from sound-maker or performer. The series suggests alternative non-vertical modes in which sound can take over our limbs, bones and body cavities. Stepping into such a sonic territory thus means becoming physical with sound, exploring it through motion and interaction.

The artist enters the installation and offers her hands and arms to hold the participants with the help of gymnastic rings – establishing not only a physical connection but an emotional one. This approach is transferable, as visitors soon start holding each other.

Alina Ozerova (RU/NL) is a filmmaker and sound artist. Born in Moscow (b.1983) she lives and works in Amsterdam. Her education includes degrees in sociology (Moscow) and audiovisual arts (Amsterdam), she also studied film (San Francisco) and sound (Ghent).
Ozerova’s documentary films and sound installations are inspired by ‘journey’ as a narrative structure and physical experience: involuntary travels, memory circuits and motion of sound. Her audiovisual works were shown at a number of film festivals and exhibitions in The Netherlands, Russia and across Europe. In the sound field she often works at the intersection of participatory sonic experiences, installation and performance. 

Yolanda Uriz Elizalde (ES) | ~.Soinusain.~

A multi-sensory installation that proposes an intimate immersive experience inside sono-olfactive micro-environments. 

Visitors may enter any of three hanging cubical hexagons, activating a 1-on-1 sound and smell experience. Partially deprived of sight, the the sensations given by the rest of the senses become enhanced. In that state of intimacy they can be transported to other symbolic universes while they listen to abstract sounds and perceive particular smells.

Traditional perfumery classifies scents into base, middle and high notes to compose fragrances, just as musical chords are constructed with musical notes. Uriz's installation explores combinations of sounds and smells, considering the wavelength of the sounds and the molecular size of the scents presented to create three experimental sono-olfactive compositions in a synaesthetic way.

With a particular interest in the lower senses (smell, taste and touch), not only on their aesthetic potential, but also on their implication in politics, gender and perception, Yolanda Uriz‘s (ES)´s work is an amalgam of elements from sound art, visual arts, inspiration from science and techniques from new media-art.
It materialises in installations and performances for multi sensory immersive experiences, that have been presented at festivals like Sonic Acts (NL), WRO Media-Art Biennale (PL), Kontraste (AU), STRP (NL), SPARK (USA), Todays Art (NL), Oddstream (NL), Transmediale (GR) etc.

Stelios Manousakis (GR/NL) | 'Act so that there is no use in a centre'

Dutch Premiere

An abstracted and deconstructed spatial radio play.
12-channel, radio-transmitted interactive composition
Duration: 35 minutes in a loop

‘Act so that there is no use in a centre’ sets the section Rooms from Gertrude Stein’s seminal language-art book Tender Buttons as a distributed, radio-transmitted, interactive sound art installation. The work deals with fragmentation, interference, and distortion of memory, place, and meaning. It takes its name from the first sentence of the text, which also sets the tone for the visitor experience.

Emanating out of 6 storage boxes, each containing fragments from a particular space implied in Stein’s text, the combined memories of the writer (text) and the artist (sound) haunt the exhibition’s hertzian space with imaginary landscapes, wordscapes, and fleeting soundscapes, waiting to be discovered using 7 small portable radios. 

Stelios Manousakis (GR/NL) is an artist exploring relationships between time, space, body, system, and sound. His work is particularly concerned with the invisible and the ephemeral, and with shaping sensation, perception and experience in time. His practice lies in the convergence zones of art, philosophy, science and engineering; it extends from performances, to environments and interactive installations, to compositions, fixed media pieces, and music for dance and film.
His work has been presented in venues & festivals across five continents, such as ZKM Karlsruhe, Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Vigo, IDFA Amsterdam, Dag in de Branding, ICMC, NIME, Rewire festival, and Audio Art festival. Besides his solo work, he has co-founded several music and multi-media groups and initiatives.

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