Electronic music has gone glocal. In a world parallel to that of international pop music, a widespread planetary network of alternative composers is growing. They are radicalising the conventions of electro-acoustic music, experimental dance and computerised improvisation. They invite participation and raise exciting questions, such as: can social commitment and abstract electronics be combined? And, how do you get the world and its problems in and out of your computer?
Is there such a thing as 'sonic activism'? From American alternative globalists on the Mexican border we hear a resounding 'yes'. The same from the anti-Haider activists in Vienna and writers and performers in Berlin, London and New York. In Palestine we saw how other media are also thrown into the struggle and learnt how artists make good use of their instruments in time of war. We asked musicians to look, on the spot or by way of the media, for material for a twenty-first-century equivalent of the sixties protest song.
[sonic]square invites musicians, film-makers, artists and activists for concerts, talks, screenings and performances about handling the media tactically in wartime, in Palestine or elsewhere in the world.
   
th 10 april  
 
8.30pm Opening night: expo with works by Luuk Bouwman - Tara Herbst & Nicolas Siepen - Emily Jacir - Els Opsomer - random_inc. featuring Ran Slavin & Eran Sachs - Florian Schneider - Star 2000 - Ultra-red - Jeroen Van der Stock
9 pm 'wavelinks: activism + sound' - Renée Green, 40' (concertstudio)
10 pm 'A world to invent' - Florian Schneider, 40' (introduced by Florian Schneider - videoroom)
10.15 pm Pierre Deruisseau - live soundscape (concertstudio)
11.15 pm 'Moi je suis au mois de mai' - Nicolas Siepen & Tara Herbst, 35' (introduced by Nicolas Siepen - videoroom)
11pm Late night set: Pierre Deruisseau, Neguev ,[rocher]~[sillon]
   
fr 11 april  
 
8.30pm

- expo with works by Luuk Bouwman - Tara Herbst & Nicolas Siepen - Emily Jacir - Els Opsomer - random_inc. featuring Ran Slavin & Eran Sachs - Florian Schneider - Star 2000 - Ultra-red - Jeroen Van der Stock

- Screening night:

8.30 pm

'Challenge' - Nizar Hassan & Raed Andoni (Star 2000), 15'
'News Time' - Azza El-Hassan, 60'
introduced by Azza El- Hassan

 

10.30 pm

'Number Zero' - Saed Andoni (Star 2000), 27'
'Three centimeter less' - Azza El-Hassan, 60'
introduced by Azza El-Hassan

 

11pm Late night set: Pierre Deruisseau, Neguev, [rocher]~[sillon]

 

   
sa 12 april  
 
2 pm

On tactical media - meeting with Florian Schneider and Luuk Bouwman
City Mine(d), Kartuizersstraat 43 rue des Chartreux (!)

 

8.30pm - Concert night: Kim Cascone, random_inc., Stephen Vitiello

- expo with works by Luuk Bouwman - Tara Herbst & Nicolas Siepen - Emily Jacir - Els Opsomer - random_inc. featuring Ran Slavin & Eran Sachs - Florian Schneider - Star 2000 - Ultra-red - Jeroen Van der Stock

11pm Late night set: Pierre Deruisseau, Neguev, [rocher]~[sillon]
   
  [sonic]square is a co-production by SQUARE vzw, Kaaitheater and the City of Brussels.