Featured Artists: Guy Bar Amotz, Bunny Rabbit & Black Cracker, Nathalie Bruys, Heidi Happy, Kim Hiorthøy, Christine Ödlund, Jonas Ohlsson, planningtorock, Jan Rohlf, Lina Selander, Annika Ström, Venour and video clips for Björk, the Knife and CocoRosie

‘Sonic Voices, Rocking Hard‘ presents forms of ‘audio art’ that appeal to the imagination, including speaker sculptures by Guy Bar Amotz and drawings by Jonas Ohlsson , Kim Hiorthøy , Nathalie Bruys and Jan Rohlf in which sound plays a role. Annika Ström shows her video ‘The Missed Concert’ and a text work. As well as looking at the drawings mentioned above, visitors to the gallery can also listen to a cd with music by Ohlsson, Hiorthøy, Ström and Bruys. Listening posts have been designed for hearing the cd. ‘Sonic Voices, Rocking Hard’ brings the visual and musical work that these artists produce together in one exhibition.

In addition there are works to be seen by musicians/artists who are better known for their musical creations than for their visual work. For instance, Planningtorock made a video installation for this exhibition with props that appear in her videos and video clips. Further there is a 3D video clip made for Björk by Encyclopedia Pictura exhibited in the form of an installation, and in the video lounge on the ground floor there are a number of video clips to be seen, for the Knife , CocoRosie , Bunny Rabbit & Black Cracker , and ‘du da, ich da’ by Heidi Happy , which was her graduation project at the Rietveld Academy in 2008. Here there is no distinction made between musician and visual artist or between visual artist and filmmaker. A number of those who made the videos also themselves made the music in them.

Sonic Voices, Rocking Hard shows a personal selection by Bruys from very diverse approaches and art forms that make use of sound and music.

Nathalie Bruys is an audio artist and co-curator of ‘Sonic Voices, Rocking Hard’. Her own way of working forms the heart of the exhibition. Bruys is interested in a multidisciplinary art practice. In addition to the fascination with sound and music, the artists Bruys has brought together for this show also share this wide-branching interest.

Nathalie Bruys draws her inspiration from the forms of sonic art and music mentioned here, and also shows her own personal multi-disciplinary practice in this exhibition. In addition to a new installation, drawings and a cd, she presents the web project ‘Soundmuseum’ which she initiated together with Katja van Stiphout. For this exhibition the ‘Soundmuseum’ has been incorporated in an audio installation, and officially goes ‘on air’ on September 14 in the Netherlands Media Art Institute. The ‘Soundmuseum’ collects online audio exhibitions and compiles and archives the sounds of sonic artists.