Somersaulting Horizons

Constantly challenged to multiply perspectives, the ships guide the Sensorial Journey devised for the Sonic Acts Academy to what resonates beyond – and even under – the horizon. A listening to, moving with, and breathing with that crosses participants’ pathways guide the creative process. Key to the creative process of this sensorial experience is a reflection on sensitivity to and collaboration with the environment.

As part of Sonic Acts Academy 2018, ArtScience Interfaculty in The Hague joined forces with Sonic Acts on a collaborative research project Sensing the Shipyard: A Sensorial Journey. Artist and teacher Cocky Eek led a group of ten art students to the Damen Shiprepair in Amsterdam, where they have tapped into different rhythms of the intense industrial space. This panel with project tutors – architect and creative researcher Renske Maria van Dam and Sonic Acts curatorial team member Nicky Assmann – addresses the form of a ‘sensorial journey’ but also draws on the specifics of this project such as relating our human presence to enormous living machines and creating a sensorial (and personal) map of the Shipyard saturated with different sounds, movements, surfaces, smells, scales.