• The Poetics of Space: Sonic Acts XIII

The Poetics of Space

Spatial Explorations in Art, Science, Music & Technology

Sonic Acts XIII

Edited by Arie Altena

The Poetics of Space: Sonic Acts XIII, Spatial Explorations in Art, Science, Music & Technology is a book I edited with help of the Sonic Acts team (Lucas van der Velden, Martijn van Boven, Nicky Assmann, Annette Wolfsberger, Gideon Kiers) on occasion of Sonic Acts XIII, 2010: http://2010.sonicacts.com.

The publication is for sale through the webshop of Paradiso, the Sonic Acts site and at Amazon. Consider purchasing it. On request I can make digital copies of the interviews I conducted available at no cost.


The interviews, essays and the image material in the publication Sonic Acts XIII, The Poetics of Space provide insights into the various approaches to spatiality by artists, composers, filmmakers and theorists. For The Poetics of Space Brandon LaBelle wrote a reflective and reflexive text on the voice and space: ‘Voice Over’. Douglas Kahn’s essay ‘Long Sounds’ discusses extremely long sound waves, volcano eruptions and Alvin Lucier. Erkki Huhtamo traces the fascinating history of dioramas in ‘The Diorama Revisited’. The legendary Vortex concerts of Henry Jacobs and Jordan Belson are the subject of both Cindy Keefer’s short historical account as well as a freer interpretative article by Trace Reddell. Eric Kluitenberg describes how mobile and location-aware technology profoundly changes the use of social and public space. Mitchell Whitelaw writes about the work of HC Gilje; the Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa about architecture and the senses; and Barry Truax about soundscape composition. Interviews with TeZ, Raviv Ganchrow, Edwin van der Heide, Daan Roosegaarde, Sonia Cillari, Marc Maurer, Taku Mizuta Lippit and Maryanne Amacher shed light on how contemporary artists approach space and spatiality. The book is richly illustrated and contains a number of autonomous image contributions as well as some historical material.

Edited by Arie Altena & Sonic Acts

Design by Femke Herregraven

Published by Sonic Acts Press, Paradiso 2010

256 pp., English text, illustrated

Interview by Arie Altena with TeZ, Raviv Ganchrow, Edwin van der Heide, Daan Roosegaarde, Marc Maurer.

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