On Thursday 19 April in TrouwAmsterdam, the Stedelijk Museum and Non-fiction present an evening of acoustic art. As part of the ‘Hear It! (Part 2) – Playing the Building!‘ event, the artists will react to the question: What does a building sound like?
Amongst the acts to be featured is Danish artist Jacob Kirkegaard, whose pieces deal with the scientific and aesthetic aspects of resonance, time, sound and hearing. Here he is pictured in an anechoic chamber (dubbed his ‘Daneoic’ chamber) which is devoid of echoes, i.e. a space designed to stop reflections of either sound or electromagnetic waves. Berlin-based Kirkegaard has made a number of albums which feature his abstract musical works. He is known to explore sound to its limits with both a creative and a scientific approach, researching the potential of sound hidden in physical spaces or external environments. His art deals with sound as something that is objective, whereas music imbues a subjective feeling. What he conjours up to answer the architectural acoustic challenge set by the Stedelijk @ Trouw/De Verdieping organisers remains to be seen (and heard!).
Trouw seems to be the perfect location for such a show, as the building is well insulated for sound due to the noisy printing presses that once stood in this building in its previous incarnation. The scene is set for an experimental evening in which sound, art and architecture resonate in perfect harmony and the audience is taken on a sensory, sonic adventure.