wherefore this busy labor without rest?

“It is perhaps the great discomfort of those trying to silence the world to discover that we have voices sealed inside our heads, voices that with each passing day, grow even louder than the clamor of the world outside.” ― Edwidge Danticat

It is impossible not to relate the curatorial framework of sonsbeek20→24 to the present moment, as much as it is impossible to not connect the present moment to our entangled histories, to a multitude of voices, sounds, and ripples. With this first bulletin we introduce some of the layers and the framework that has guided our thinking until now.
curatorial text
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force times distance: on labour and its sonic ecologies
Read here a glimpse of the web of reflections and associations that gave way to sonsbeek20→24, titled Force Times Distance - On Labour and its Sonic Ecologies by artistic director Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.
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a playlist is a curatorial narrative
This playlist is a sonic quilt, an invitation to listen together. We firmly believe that there isn’t any better way to introduce sonsbeek than to start sharing mixtapes with you. Our suggestion: listen closely, listen first, then look into our digital liner notes to read what some of those songs did to us, memories the songs invoked and how we sit with histories. Then listen again. And send us your mixtapes.
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talking heads
On May 29th the following conversation between Amal Alhaag, Kodwo Eshun, and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung took place online: a freewheelin’ talk on the relation between music, poetics, and labour. The many associations, musical references, and poetry turned this into a wonderful remix of thoughts, making it impossible to catch all the ripples that came to pass. So this conversation is part one, we will continue these waves of thinking in part two.
film programme
film programme
Our film programme introduces you to some of the cinematographic layers that characterise sonsbeek20→24’s curatorial framework at large, by featuring glimpses into the work of artists and filmmakers who will be part of the exhibition and our public programme in 2021.
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the rhythms and silences of ruptures
"Film is: a quest for some kind of meaning, some purpose, for signs of beauty and life" A conversation between curator Aude Mgba and Hira Nabi, director of El Retorno (2016), about the return to the not-so-normal.
sound performance
THEY THE THEM ARE WE presents alvaro's fields
Nástio Mosquito, in a newly commissioned piece for the occasion, takes the listeners on a rumination around the self and the many “I’s” that are woven in its texture, the complex nature of the notion of “truth” and its exploitation, clarity and its discipline. He engages with many voices, those of the mind that belong to the body of the labourer.
sound performance
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here, present
Shenece Oretha’s reworked iteration of the live performance ‘Here, Present’ is an exercise in remembrance for sonsbeek. This work demands of us to listen deeply in more affective register(s). Against a backdrop of enchanting voices that morph into a sonic holding space for the names that Oretha calls upon and amplifies through this work, this powerful act of naming names of the living, the invisible, the present, the seen and the forgotten Black beings is not only important as a political act of knowing each other, but it also characterises this work as a ceremony.
home office stories
home office story by flavia dzodan
In this series we invite guests to share what it means for them to work from home during this pandemic and its aftermath. How do they sustain themselves, do work, or relax? Flavia Dzodan offers insight into her home office and how labour and the domestic are informed through colonialism and reshaped through our contemporary use of technology.
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