For its twelfth edition, the Sound Arts international festival City Sonic launched in 2003 by Transcultures, Center for digital and sound cultures, in co-production with manège.mons, will exclusively focus on sound emergences, inviting young Belgian and international creators to artistic residencies who will then be broadcasted from Mons on for the first time.
As for the previous edition, City Sonic features the European project Park in progress. Initiated by European Pépinières for young artists, this project is a nomadic innovative event (which will also take place with other artists in Cyprus, Luxemburg and Spain from October to December 2014) that promotes mobility and encounter between interdisciplinary creators; two dozen interdisciplinary artists from Belgium, Japan, France, UK, Czech Republic, Turkey … working on sound material in different ways, will be welcomed for artistic residencies on the former slaughterhouse site where Transcultures is located in Mons to present on Thursday, September 11th at 8:30 p.m, a European Night of the young creation for the opening of the festival, a program of short creations (performances, installations, projections) resulting from a one-week residency. These conceptions will then be shown until the end of the festival in the Grande Halle des Abattoirs and set the content of the Sounds in progress# 2 exhibition.
On the Arbalestriers site, the work of the winners of the call for proposals of Espace(s) Son(s) Hainaut(s) (platform for innovative music linking the Belgian and French Hainaut regions) initiated by the le manège.mons, Art Zoyd and Le Phénix (Valenciennes where these installations will also be exhibited in October), as well as a selection of installation projects from the Visual Arts School and Music/theatre Conservatory of Mons Arts2 and the Visual Arts School of Brussels ESA Saint-Luc, resulting from workshops led by City Sonic artists throughout the year.
In addition to a sound itinerary in the city, the festival is punctuated by performances and singular events such as the Sonic Garden Party (with concerts by Baudouin De Jaer, Maurice Charles JJ electro-sax and diva Christina with Quasi una fantasia) located in the private gardens of the Belfry neighborhood (Sunday the 14th of September, 3pm), C2M1 by Magali Desbazeille and Siegfried Canto (24th of September Arbalestriers hall, 8 pm), a media performance which runs through written and coded language, from the invention of short message system writing language to the advent of printing.
City Sonic also offers Sonic Kids workshops, an introduction to new audio practices for the youngest on Wednesday the 17th of September at the Frigo (from 2pm on).
The closing event of this twelfth edition, will match the launch of the Quinzaine numérique (digital fortnight), featuring events related to digital cultures in several cities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. In this framework, the exhibition Vice versa, from research to media arts (collaboration between the Institute of Research numediart and Transcultures), will open at Arts2 (Carré des Arts) on September 27th, featuring interactive installations by Thomas Israël, Nicolas d’Alessandro, an app by theLarbitsisters and the digital performance Tanukis by François Zajega et Loïc Reboursière at Le Frigo.
City Sonic exhibitions: 12 > 27 September, 12 am > 6pm, free entrance, closed on Mondays.
City Sonic opening + Park in progress/European Night of the young creation: September 11th (guided tour by the curator Philippe Franck starting at 6:30 pm, from Arbalestriers’ site, 1 rue government Mons + European Night of the young creation at 20:30 on the site of the former slaugtherhouse, 17 rue de la Trouille, Mons)