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Opening : Friday, Sept. 11 - Festival : 12>27/09/2015

City Sonic @ Mons2015

This thirteenth edition of City Sonic, an international festival dedicated to the diversity and creativity of sound arts, proposes, in the framework of Mons2015 European Capital of Culture, sound itineraries which transform the city center of Mons into a hub connected to the audio planet. With City Sonic (curator: Philippe Franck), historical, industrial, public or private locations (indoor/outdoor) become sonic and poetic places that lead all public, to an active listening. For this special expanded 2015 edition, City Sonic extends its itinerary from the railway station to Arsonic (new ‘theatre of listening’) through the Carreì des Arts (with the Mons Art School), La Maison du Design and la Grand’ Place but also a series of places in town, invested by artists.

Combining a prospective, poetic and playful approach, City Sonic@Mons 2015 also offers mobile performance, concerts in unusual settings, a Sonic Garden Party (performances in private gardens), Sonic Kids workshops, a sonic cocktail (outdoor urban mixes), the Sonic (web) Radio programme... distilled throughout the festival of adventurous sounds.

Artists

Muriel Alliot (Fr/Be), Amadeo (Be), Jean-Michel Agius (Be), Christophe Bailleau/Belle Jeunesse (Be), Martyn Bates (GB), Sophie Berger (Fr), Damien Bourniquel (Fr), Maurice Charles JJ (Be), Stéphanie Croibien (Be), Jean-Guy Coulange (Fr), François Cys (Be), Nicolas d'Alessandro (Be), Eric D’Agostino (Be), Dawamesk (Be), Baudouin de Jaer (Be), Jean Delacoste (Be), Digital Art Festival Taipei/Yao Chung-Han - Wang Chung-Kun, Wang Fu-Jui, Chang Yung-Ta (TW), DJ Poncho (Be), Emergences sonores (Arts²-Mons, ARBA-ESA Bruxelles, Faculté d'Architecture et d'Urbanisme-UMons, ENSA Bourges, ESAD Valenciennes), EZ3kiel (Fr), Francis Flament (Be), Fleur (Be), Jacques Foschia (Be), Laurent Georgin (Fr), Margarida Guia (PT), Isa Belle (Fr/Be) -  Isidore Isou/Natan Karczmar (Fr), Dominique Lawalrée (Be), Linda Lewkowicz (Be), Jonas Luyckx (Be), Tom Jackson (GB), Val Kiry (Fr), Manu Louis (Be), Gilles Malatray (Fr), Anton Mobin (Fr), Werner Moron (Be), Musiques Nouvelles (Be), Charles Pennequin (Fr), Ordinaire,Paradise Now (Be), Rébus (Fr), Michèle Sigal (Fr), Harold Schellinx (PB), Matthieu Safatly (Be/Fr), Janek Schaefer (GB), Magali Schuermans (Be), Sound poetry archives from Le Lieu (Qbc), Taâlem (Be/Fr), Z0é Tabourdiot (Fr/Be), Taos (Be), Pascale Tison (Be), Jason Van Gulick (Be/Fr), Sandrine Verstraete (Be), Laurence Vielle (Be), VOID (Be/It)... + Sonic Radio (City Sonic web radio)

 

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Sound itineraries in the city

For this special 13th edition of City Sonic more than 60 artists are taking place in more than 20 locations of the centre of the city (from the train station to Arsonic sound theatre via the Grand Place) as part of 4 sonic itineraries: invented instruments, sound & digital, audio & visual architectures, sonic pirates.

Among the works (mostly premiere), note the Mécaniques poétiques (Salle Saint-George, Grand Place) by the French collective EZ3kiel with their sound and interactive digital installations that divert inventions, imaginary and aesthetic of 19th century, a variety of digital audio works from Taipei Digital Art Festival at The House of Design, an AV interactive container conceived by author/artist Werner Moron in the courtyard of the House of Design, funny Cyclophones (sonic bikes) by François Cys, a large organ wheel by the Brussels group Amadeo and a singing tree by Isa Belle + Paradise Now at the Garden to the Belfry, a new AV mapping by Stephanie Croibien on the window of the type that Arché Type combining super 8 and low fi aesthetics or a selection of sound installations and creations of students of partner art schools (Arts2-Mons, Mons University, Academy of Fine Ars of Brussels, Art School of Bourges, ... ) which have been the subject of workshops with Transcultures in the season.

Some events...

Opening evening > 11.09.2015
Visit the City Sonic installation itineraries, listen to a percussive performance in a church, drink in a sonic theatre and dance on special city sonic mixes in a groovy café!

Sonic Garden Party > 13.09.2015
Performances (from sound poetry to invented instruments) in 3 private gardens of the historical Belfry district + City Sonic drink offered!

La voix des anges > 20.09.2015
A connected live performance with Musiques Nouvelles from the geolocative device and web platform conceived by Nicolas d'Alessandro.

OMFI – One moment free improv > 23.09.2015
nomadic solo crossover improvisations in the centre of the city. Coordonated by Matthieu Safatly et Maurice Charles JJ + + Harold Schellinx, Rebus, Anton Mobin, Tom Jackson, Isa Belle, Francis Flament, Stéphanie Croibien... + final @ Arsonic.

+ Sonic appetizer, shared listening sessions, nomadic performances in the city...

WORKSHOPS

Ateliers Sonic Kids - 16.09 – 14h-16h
Radio Sapiens by Myriam Pruvot
See the résonance by Jason Van Gulick
Sens & sounds vibrations by Isa Belle

Circuit Bending @ Hacker Lab - 15.09 - 18h-20h
Boning old toys to give them a second life,
handling a PCB into a resourceful instrument.

Vélos sonores @ Family Lab - 20.09 - 14h30
bring your bike to change it into a moving sonic instrument.

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City Sonic @ Mons2015

A sound walk in the connected city

The international festival City Sonic, dedicated to the diversity of sound arts, initiated by Transcultures and co-produced by the manège.mons, is part of Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture and celebrating its thirteenth edition.

Unlike previous editions, we chose to return to the very essence of the festival: 26 locations in the heart of the city that are unique to or iconic of Mons’ heritage have been selected as sites of sound-broadcasting-paths and sound installations. Thus the city is transformed into a huge hub connected to the audio world.

Four thematic itineraries consisting of fifty creations, imagined by seventy artists, highlight the relationship between contemporary sound creation and different disciplines and practices. These four itineraries start from St. George Hall (Grand Place): invented instruments, sound and digital video, audio architectures and visual art, and sonic pirates…

City Sonic @ Mons 2015 also offers performances, concerts, a Sonic Garden Party (in private gardens) Sonic Kids workshops, an improvised music street perambulation (One Moment Free Improv – in closing event), listening Shares or a Radio Sonic which documents these creative resonances.

Here participation is the first step to a listening process! 2015 good vibrations !

Philippe Franck (Artistic director)

City Sonic 2015 - MAP

cliquer sur le menu pour voir tous les parcours (sur la carte en haut à gauche google-map-menu-icon).

Artists

Yao-Chung Han (Twn)
Yao-Chung Han (Twn)

Yao Chung-Han graduated with a Masters in Media Arts at the NTUA (National Taiwan University of Arts). He solicits the…

Mathieu Chamagne (Fr)
Mathieu Chamagne (Fr)

Trained as a pianist, Mathieu Chamagne has studied music since 1987. After many experiences as a pianist in jazz formations…

Nicolas d’Alessandro (Be)
Nicolas d’Alessandro (Be)

Nicolas D’Alessandro has been an enthusiast of music and musical instruments, and educated more recently in the intricacies of word…

EZ3kiel (Fr)
EZ3kiel (Fr)

Conceived by Yann Nguema of EZ3kiel group, the Poetic Mechanics gather ten interactive sound modules embodying virtual paintings. Playing on…

Werner Moron (BE)
Werner Moron (BE)

Werner Moron’s artistic approach (Liège) is based on a critical distance of the art market. For this, he chose to…

VOID (Be/It)
VOID (Be/It)

Collectif de plasticiens sonores créé à Bruxelles en 2013 par les artistes audio-plasticiens italien Mauro Vitturini et belge Arnaud Eeckhout,…

François Cys (Be)
François Cys (Be)

François Cys studies and works in the cabinetmaker trade. He undertakes object fashion design in which he explores through the…

Baudouin De Jaer (Be)
Baudouin De Jaer (Be)

Baudouin de Jaer : Composer, violinist, Baudouin de Jaer (Be) studied composition with Philippe Boesmans, Henri Pousseur, Frederic Rzewski also…

Fujui Wang (Twn)
Fujui Wang (Twn)

Fujui Wang is an artist and curator specialized in sound art and interactive art whose work has played a key…

Stéphanie Croibien (Be)
Stéphanie Croibien (Be)

Stéphanie Croibien creates a dialogue or confronts her own images to a large corpus of pictures and words – press…

Isa Belle + Paradise Now (Fr/Be)
Isa Belle + Paradise Now (Fr/Be)

Since 2005, Isa Belle has been working in cooperation with Paradise now (electronic processing and sound design, texts and co-creation)…

Sonic Boutique
Sonic Boutique

The sonic shop is a temporary shop of the Festival located this year at La Fabrique des Singes, where the…

Chang Yung-Ta (Twn)
Chang Yung-Ta (Twn)

Relative Perception est une série d’installations sonores qui tournent autour de la réponse de nos organes sensoriels à la stimulation…

Chloé Guesquier (Fr)
Chloé Guesquier (Fr)

A student at ESAD (School of Art and Design) in Valenciennes in Space Design section, Chloé Ghesquière has become interested…

Wang Chung-Kun (Twn)
Wang Chung-Kun (Twn)

Sound of Suitcase invites visitors to interact with four audio suitcase-devices. Sensors detect these interactions and trigger a timer mechanism…

Jason Van Gulick (Be)
Jason Van Gulick (Be)

Since he began to play drums in 1996, Jason Van Gulick has built a diverse musical background. Coming from rock,…

Jean-Paul Dessy (Be)
Jean-Paul Dessy (Be)

Jean-Paul Dessy is belgian a composer, cellist, conductor and artistic director of the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. What he calls “acting…

Janek Schaefer (UK)
Janek Schaefer (UK)

Janek Schaefer trained as an architect at the Royal College of Art, where he developed his focus on the relationship…

Jean Baptiste Barra (Fr)
Jean Baptiste Barra (Fr)

It is through this that his whole artistic approach revolves today around a predominant concept, repetition. Whether geometric, architeFctural or…

Natan Karczmar (Fr/Is/Ca)
Natan Karczmar (Fr/Is/Ca)

Natan Karczmar had an early career as a cultural organizer in the field of theater and the diffusion of art,…

Charles Pennequin (Fr)
Charles Pennequin (Fr)

A video trilogy directed by Philippe Franck in collaboration with Charles Pennequin for City Sonic 2015, about the concept of…

Margarida Guia (Pt/Be)
Margarida Guia (Pt/Be)

Margarida Guia (Brussels) is an actress, performer, and sound designer. She explores words as a partition, voice as an instrument…

Gilles Malatray (Fr)
Gilles Malatray (Fr)

La pièce paysagère proposée par Gilles Malatray joue à tricoter des signatures et identités sonores de Mons, tout en les…

Collectif Amadeo (Be)
Collectif Amadeo (Be)

In January 2000, a team of artists and craftsmen decided to combine talent, experience and expertise to design beautiful objects…

Martyn Bates (UK)
Martyn Bates (UK)

Martyn Bates is an English singer, an author and a musician all at once! He formed the famous duo Eyeless…

Ordinaire (Be)
Ordinaire (Be)

Under the pseudonym Ordinaire, Eric Therer (Liège) accompanied by Stephan Ink, (bass, laptop), borrows sound experimentation from Luc Ferrari and…

Jonas Luyckx (Be)
Jonas Luyckx (Be)

Jonas Luyckx developed various projects as a producer and director. Fiction, videos music, educational projects, portraits of artists… he always…

Damien Bourniquel (Fr)
Damien Bourniquel (Fr)

Artiste multimédia du son et de l’image, Damien Bourniquel questionne la nature des medias numériques, celle des datas qui les…

Claire Bourguin (Be)
Claire Bourguin (Be)

Diving recently in the world of art, curious, Claire Bourguin (student of the School of Visual Arts of Mons Arts2)…

Helga Dejaegher (Be)
Helga Dejaegher (Be)

Helga Dejaeger, Belgian artist, offers a visual and multidisciplinary work. She does performances, sometimes complex videos and installations, but designed…

Alexis Choplain (Be)
Alexis Choplain (Be)

Composer of electronic music, he also creates sound installations with considerations of temporality, and audio streams traveling in space. According…

Zoe Tabourdiot (Fr/Be)
Zoe Tabourdiot (Fr/Be)

Director of radio and film documentaries, Zoé Tabourdiot is passionate about creating mental images developed by the process of listening…

Jean D. L. & Sandrine Verstraete (Be)
Jean D. L. & Sandrine Verstraete (Be)

Jean DL & Sandrine Verstraete (Be) are both filmmakers and musicians; they develop a melancholic and cinematic universe. Through manipulation…

Stéphane Kozik (Be)
Stéphane Kozik (Be)

Artist, sound artist, musician graduated from the School of Visual Arts of Mons (Belgium) in ARTS2, Stéphane Kozik mainly works…

Transonic Expo – Cassette Art
Transonic Expo – Cassette Art

This exhibition pays tribute to the creativity of the alternative ‘tape culture” with a selection of archives from the 80s…

Maurice Charles JJ (Be)
Maurice Charles JJ (Be)

Maurice Charles JJ a.k.a. Jean-Jacques Duerinckx is a musician mostly interested in timbral diversities, unorthodox sounds, sonic pastes and contemporary…

Harold Schellinx (PB)
Harold Schellinx (PB)

Harold Schellinx (Maastricht, the Netherlands) is an artist, writer, improvisor and creator of unusual and original musics. As a member…

Dawamesk (Be)
Dawamesk (Be)

Dawamesk (Thomas Mercier) is a self-educated artist, born in 1978 in Mouscron, Belgium and living in Brussels. As of his…

Anton Mobin (Fr)
Anton Mobin (Fr)

Anton Mobin : Independant radio producer, improviser, home taping, D.I.Y. “A crack, a fold, a brightness, a jolt in the…

Emmanuel Rébus (Fr)
Emmanuel Rébus (Fr)

Emmanuel Rébus is a sound artist based in Paris. The centre point of his manifold activities ( the mathematics of…

Dominique Lawalrée (Be)
Dominique Lawalrée (Be)

Dominique Lawalrée has written more than 450 works, documented over 27 albums. A keyboardist, he has given hundreds of concerts…

Jacques Urbanska (Be)
Jacques Urbanska (Be)

Jacques Urbanska , actor and director by training, his research has questioned the conventional theater stage as the only possible…

Pascale Tison (Be)
Pascale Tison (Be)

After studying literature and philosophy at the universities of Liege and Paris VII, t Pascale Tison wrote as a journalist…

Christophe Bailleau (Fr/Be)
Christophe Bailleau (Fr/Be)

Christophe Bailleau is a multidisciplinary artist, who has been developing for over 15 years an unusual musical project. His compositions…

Pierre Beloüin (Fr)
Pierre Beloüin (Fr)

Pierre Beloüin created the Optical Sound label in 1997 after meeting Rainier Lericolais and Olivier Huz. Optical Sound sees itself…

Jacques Foschia (Be)
Jacques Foschia (Be)

Belgian improviser, composer, and radio artist Jacques Foschia began his investigation in different fields of improvisation by exploring the relationship…

Jean Marc Boucher (Fr/Be)
Jean Marc Boucher (Fr/Be)

Jean-Marc Boucher started his activities in 1992 with the co-creation of the mini-zine Desperate Remedies. In 1994 a new fanzine…

Taös (Be)
Taös (Be)

Active on the drum’n’bass scene since 2006, Taos has shared the stage with big names such as Evol Intent, Drumsound…

Dimitri Pike (Be)
Dimitri Pike (Be)

Since the mid 90s electronic freethinker Dimitri Pike has been strolling between Chicago House and Detroit Techno Soul as a…

OMFI – One moment free improv (Be)
OMFI – One moment free improv (Be)

One Moment Free Improv ‘(OMFI) proposes multi-disciplinary and itinerant encounters with free improvisation as a vector. This artistic variable-geometry collective…

ValKiri (Fr)
ValKiri (Fr)

Architect, artist and hacker, Valkiri likes to mix techniques and practices to create special and interactive works, borrowed from the…

Myriam Pruvot (Be)
Myriam Pruvot (Be)

Myriam Pruvot is a musician and vocalist, having studied art and taught editing. Voice, place and sound design are its…

Pastoral (Fr/Be)
Pastoral (Fr/Be)

Pastoral is the combo createad by Christophe Bailleau and Philippe Franck. Post-folk mix (ballads), post-pop, experimental & hybrid soundscapes, Pastoral…

Archives du Lieu (Qc)
Archives du Lieu (Qc)

Le Lieu has been active in Quebec City since 1982, where it carries out both local activities and others abroad…

Muriel Alliot (Fr/Be)
Muriel Alliot (Fr/Be)

Subsequently, over image editing experience, attraction to sound creation continues until climax when, stuck on a climbing wall, closing her…

Tom Jackson (GB)
Tom Jackson (GB)

Tom Jackson is a clarinettist and saxophonist based in London, largely dedicated to the fields of contemporary classical music and…

Matthieu Safatly (Fr/Be)
Matthieu Safatly (Fr/Be)

French cello player, singer, alternative mixer and composer based in Brussels, Matthew Safatly is one of the founders of Quattrofage…

Dj Poncho (Be)
Dj Poncho (Be)

His suitcase in his hand will get you through the night from under the shade of his sombrero, here he…

Magali Schuermans (Be)
Magali Schuermans (Be)

Recording words to remember, like a letter to her daughter. A radio documentary about a birth and an absence, intimate,…

ENSA Bourges (Fr)
ENSA Bourges (Fr)

Students of the Art School of Bourges present pieces that describe, comment on semiology or analyse with sounds or voice,…

Fleur (Be)
Fleur (Be)

In love with music, passionate, she only expressed through it. She wanders between experimental, classic, acid, techno, idm…

Manu Louis (Be)
Manu Louis (Be)

Manu Louis is best known as composer/frontman of the Belgium’s foremost post-modern pop band Funk Sinatra, the lyrico-trash duo We…

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