Conference talks and performances to be published regularly over the coming weeks Published on Mar 23, 2020 We hope this message finds you safe and in good health. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Sonic Acts has ceased all its activities until further notice. This global crisis brings with it new challenges for artists and the dissemination of their work – its impact felt through the closure of cultural venues and alternative spaces, and the cancellation of exhibitions and events.Despite the difficult circumstances, we believe it’s important – perhaps now even more so – that we keep up our connections and communication, and continue to support our community, and we are working on ways to move activities online. The festival activities from last month’s Sonic Acts Academy have already resulted in a number of online materials that can be utilised, watched, read and listened to over the weeks and months ahead.These materials, including recordings of the Academy’s conference talks and performances, provide a timely reminder of the value of artistic research and the strategies of mobilisation that it carries. Complete videos of the lectures and presentations from Sonic Acts Academy 2020 are going to be published regularly over the coming weeks, and the first talks are now online.Terike Haapoja’s presentation took 2020 as a landscape of deepening polarisation in the political sphere as well as between people and Earth’s other inhabitants. At the core of these divides is a question of the ‘we’ of political community, traditionally defined as ‘we the people’. Starting from her collaborative art projects, Haapoja approaches questions of animalisation, law, interspecies communality, vulnerability and ethics in relationship to art and its role in political change.> Watch onlineT. J. Demos’ lecture discussed the ongoing research and exhibition project Beyond the End of the World, directed by Demos of the Center for Creative Ecologies at University of California, Santa Cruz. With reference to diverse traditions of the oppressed, this year-long research project addresses what lies beyond dystopian catastrophism, past and present end-of-world narratives, and how we can imagine and cultivate radical futures of social justice and ecological flourishing.> Watch onlineVideo reports of the Academy’s performances and interventions will also be published over the coming period, many of which offered takes on the relationship between environment, spectator and artist – a relationship that is now especially pertinent. Recap videos of Tomoko Savage’s performance of Waterbowls and Maika Garnica performing From Bow to Ear during the Academy opening evening at Stedelijk Museum are now online.> Watch onlineSonic Acts Academy 2020 took place from 21 to 23 February in Amsterdam. In addition to videos of the conference and performances, reading material and podcasts that have resulted from the festival activities will be published soon. A recap video of the Academy can also be viewed, offering a moment of distraction during this difficult time.> Watch Sonic Acts Academy 2020 aftermovie Terike Haapoja at Sonic Acts Academy 2020. Photo by Pieter Kers. T. J. Demos at Sonic Acts Academy 2020. Photo by Pieter Kers. Maika Garnica at Sonic Acts Academy 2020. Photo by Pieter Kers. Tomoko Sauvage at Sonic Acts Academy 2020. Photo by Pieter Kers. Tomoko Sauvage at Sonic Acts Academy 2020. Photo by Pieter Kers. Roly Porter + MFO at Sonic Acts Academy 2020. Photo by Pieter Kers.